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Madeleine Kando

Madeleine Kando
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Massachusetts,
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May 25
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Movement Therapist, Owner of 'The Children's Arts Corner' Blogs at:http://european-americanblog.blogspot.com/

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NOVEMBER 6, 2014 5:32PM

The Cornivore's Dilemma

EvilCornIn his 1951 post-apocalyptic novel 'The Day of the Triffids', John Wyndham writes about a plague of blindness that befalls the whole world, allowing the rise of an aggressive species of plants. Bioengineered by the USSR, Triffids are carnivorous super plants that can walk and talk and are tryi… Read full post »

AUGUST 27, 2014 1:07PM

The Political Correctness Gestapo

zwarte pietI met the Gestapo yesterday. I barely had time to sit down at the table in our usual meeting place, ready to share a short essay with my writing group, when, without a word of warning, my hands were cuffed tight to my chair and the Gestapo of Political Correctness came… Read full post »

Dutch LandscapeOnce more, I am visiting beautiful Holland, where my mother still lives and where I grew up. She is settled in the northern tip of this small country, her flat abutting a pristine stretch of green fields dotted with sheep, cows and horses. It is spring time and the high-pitched bleating… Read full post »
OCTOBER 31, 2013 12:25PM

Letting my Pasts go Free

my pastsWhen I was very young, I was free from my past simply because I hardly had one. Like all toddlers, I was building my past at lightning speed, adding to it daily, constructing my past as if I was a born engineer. Had I known then, that a few yearsRead full post »

JUNE 26, 2013 1:57PM

Writer's Block

writer's blockFor a while now, my Muse has been on strike, stubbornly refusing to do her job of inspiring me to write. I go through the motions, poking my brain, trying to stimulate the writing reflex, zilch, nada.

I am sitting at my desk, frustrated, watching the birds go about their much moreRead full post »

MARCH 5, 2013 1:54PM

Equality for Dummies

equality For the past two weeks I have been caught in a mahlstrom, you know, one of those giant funnels that drag ships down to the depths of the ocean, never to be seen again.

My daughter asked me: 'Mom, what does equality mean?' I was naïve…

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DECEMBER 29, 2012 7:41AM

Eusocialists of the World: Unite!


Illustration by Phyllis PeacockOne of my favorite stories as a child was 'The Cricket and the Ant', by Jean de la Fontaine **. I had to recite the fable in school and to this day I remember every single line, in French.

The cricket was singing all summer while the and was working… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 8, 2012 5:48PM

Water: An Endangered Species?

I am visiting Kauai, also known as the Garden island, the oldest and most beautiful of the Hawaiian islands. Like a tiny speck of dirt, it sits in the middle of 64 million square miles of ocean, with the closest land mass 2400 miles away. Looking out the… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 8, 2012 5:48PM

Water: An Endangered Species?

I am visiting Kauai, also known as the Garden island, the oldest and most beautiful of the Hawaiian islands. Like a tiny speck of dirt, it sits in the middle of 64 million square miles of ocean, with the closest land mass 2400 miles away. Looking out the… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 8, 2012 5:45PM

Nordic Noir: A Recipe for Addiction

For the past two months I have been glued to my TV set for most of every evening. I have become addicted to a genre called ‘Nordic Noir’, which takes its name from the literature genre of Scandinavian crime fiction. It has gained traction in the United States and… Read full post »

Paul Ryan - William MulhollandEveryone is trying to define Paul Ryan, the young, ambitious Republican Congressman that Romney chose as his running mate in the 2012 Presidential elections.

Romney himself has portrayed Ryan as ‘a reluctant budget warrior who went to Washington to change the status quo’ (convenie… Read full post »
AUGUST 4, 2012 6:38PM

Breaking Up With God

Breaking Up With GodJane received an early morning phone call from God the day after she arrived. She was still jetlagged and barely knew where she was, but she recognized God's voice right away. A jolt went through her and she was transported back into a distant past, a long… Read full post »

AUGUST 4, 2012 6:30PM

Breaking Up With God

Breaking Up With GodJane received an early morning phone call from God the day after she arrived. She was still jetlagged and barely knew where she was, but she recognized God's voice right away. A jolt went through her and she was transported back into a distant past, a long forgotten…

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JULY 17, 2012 3:00PM

I am a Facebook Voyeur

facebookI admit it, I am a Facebook voyeur. I waste my precious time on Facebook because there are a few faces amongst the millions that matter to me, like my daughter Aniko. She lives far away, you see. She leads her life in the mist of distance, so I like to… Read full post »

JULY 17, 2012 2:51PM

I am a Facebook Voyeur

I admit it, I am a Facebook voyeur. I waste my precious time on Facebook because there are a few faces amongst the millions that matter to me, like my daughter Aniko. She lives far away, you see. She leads her life in the mist of distance, so I like to… Read full post »

supreme courtThe Supreme Court’s decision yesterday to uphold the Constitutionality of the Individual Mandate took me so by surprise that I still cannot believe it. It looks like the Republicans’ appeal to try to overturn the Reform bit them in the ass big time. Whether the… Read full post »

MAY 9, 2012 3:58AM

Paris, Mon Amour

Paris Musician

Paris has been waiting for me all these years, keeping herself beautiful till my return. Even on this grey and rainy day the freshly applied gold leaf on the monuments and palaces shines brightly. I take a taxi to my hotel on the Rive… Read full post »

AmericaOnce upon a time in a land far away, there lived a beautiful and wise princess. People called her ‘Columbia the Beautiful’. She adopted  many little dwarfs whom she loved very much. Most of these little dwarfs liked Columbia too, because they knew that she would take care ofRead full post »

JANUARY 18, 2012 10:37AM

Searching for My Dream Password…

dream password

As on most other days, I woke up at six am this morning. That's what my body does without even asking my permission. I gave up on a good night's sleep a long time ago. I go through the morning as a living dead, dragging my body around likeRead full post »

DECEMBER 15, 2011 9:46AM

Shadow Work

shadow_workWhen I was little, technology was in its infancy. There was no internet, no email and people still drove to brick and mortar stores to buy things. We had electric inventions, like sowing machines, vacuum cleaners and refrigerators, but 'electronics' was just beginning.

In the sixties and sevent…

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DECEMBER 15, 2011 9:46AM

In Search of the Past

family_treeI have been away for the past three days. I haven't been here, in the present. Since I stumbled upon my family tree as I was googling something else, I have been traveling in the past. Because my parents had to flee Hungary after the war, I never knew much about…

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DECEMBER 15, 2011 9:46AM

Personal Space

by Madeleine Kando

I met a very nice woman in my writing group the other day. Her name is Grace. She has beautiful red curly hair and a smile that could melt an iceberg. She is jovial, engaging, smart and funny. In short she has all the qualities that made me want/…

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DECEMBER 15, 2011 9:46AM

The Case against Libertarianism

Ron-Paul

As part of an on-going series on economic inequality in America, PBS NewsHour's economics correspondent Paul Solman asked Libertarian Lawyer Richard Epstein: 'Does U.S. Economic Inequality Have a Good Side?'

According to Epstein, a clear advantage is that it creates an incentive to produce we… Read full post »

DECEMBER 14, 2011 12:36PM

The True Story of the European Union

European_Union

"Once upon a time there was a large family with lots and lots of children. They were always fighting with each other and causing a lot of trouble. One of the children, whose name was Gertrude, was a little bigger than the others and quite aggressive… Read full post »

OCTOBER 22, 2011 7:33AM

The Lost Art of Letter Writing

lettersWhile I was cleaning out my basement I found some old, musty boxes stuffed with hundreds of letters. Most of them were written on thin blue Air Mail paper with one edge pre-glued, so that you didn't have to stuff it in an envelope.

I started reading these…

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