Tag Archives: emotion

a shattered silence

This blog has been silent for a month – yes, the usual reasons: too much work, nothing to say. Though the latter is not really true. I could write about visits to concerts or operas. I could, and probably will, … Continue reading

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Grave memories 6 – commando operation

The story of Eva’s gradual decline now reaches its apogee: that should be the high point, but in this case the high point is Eva’s last operation, appropriately called a commando operation. It was the most extensive operation she underwent, … Continue reading

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Grave memories 5 – treating cancer with light

Eva’s cancer kept returning. Our local ENT-oncologist suggested going to Amsterdam, to the main cancer hospital Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, since they were better equipped, and he thought Eva was a candidate for PDT or photodynamic therapy. ‘What’s that?’ we wondered. … Continue reading

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Immolation of a teacher

Shocked I was to read of the maths teacher in France who set fire to herself in public during the morning break at her secondary school (see story). Libération describes the scene afterwards: “In the courtyard, a large black spot. … Continue reading

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Humiliation

Miško was cowering inside the house a few days ago. Was he sick? Was he hurt? The cat wouldn’t let me touch him, except on the top of the head. He was cut below the eye and across the nose, … Continue reading

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Grave memories 2 – sewing butter

Chronic pancreatitis. I was only vaguely aware of the pancreas. If you have no problem, you don’t know it’s there. But if you get a problem, you damn well know it’s there. The pain is excruciating, and nothing helps. Morphine … Continue reading

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Grave memories 1

My journey through central Europe took me to my wife’s grave in Slovakia. It was an emotional return, but less sad. Two years ago I had brought her ashes to a tiny spa village on the Slovak-Hungarian border and interred … Continue reading

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