Career Development

English for Personal Branding

There was a time, not too long ago, when men and women were putting a lot more effort in the way they looked. Men used to wear suits and ties almost everywhere and women preferred skirts and beautiful dresses. Times have changed, and we are way more laid back and casual in the way we …

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Life

The Myth of New Year’s Resolutions

Another year is gone and, not to be left behind, I join the rest of the world in putting together a comprehensive and very well thought out resolution list. I cannot sleep anyway because of the lethal combination of fattening unhealthy food drowned down with industrial quantities of alcohol in an attempt to preserve my other organs when my liver will …

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Life

Caution! Hot Beverage!

I remember my first cup of coffee in Canada. I was so excited to take my first sip and I was so ready to be amazed! Yet I was trying to make that moment before my taste buds would be blown away last a bit longer. I wanted to be amazed, not because I can’t live without …

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Work

50 Shades of Friendship

I was bored the other day and to amuse myself I googled friendship and friends. I got approximately  312,000,000 results varying from friendship bracelets to speeches to organizations, definitions, messages, articles, quotes and so much more. It must be a very popular subject and one that does not need specialists to help you define or …

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Life

Honey, We Are Riding to California!

One of the first stories I remember is the story of the Bear that lost his tail. Well, one day, Mama Bear asked the Little Bear to go with her and try some honey from their neighbours, the bees. Little Bear refused and started crying: honey was not something he ever craved for or had …

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Life

Why We Shouldn’t Always Get Along

I can’t stand the idea of all people getting along every minute, every hour, every second. I can’t stand the idea of living in a country, city, community, circle of friends or family in which we all are echo-chambers for each other’s ideas, feelings or beliefs. I don’t believe in the commercial-like partnerships: all smiling, …

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Life

About Books

  Growing up in a communist Eastern European country there was not much to do as a teenager: no drugs to get high, no crazy parties with dozens of kids and flowing alcohol, no Playstation or computer games to play for days and thus avoid the reality of unhappy or uncomfortable feelings. Yet we all had …

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Life

First World Problems…

A few years after the 1989 fall of the communist regime, I was contacted by an American College and asked if I would be interested in teaching Romanian culture and language to groups of college students. Groups of 10 to 15 late teens and young adults were to spend three months in the area. It was a …

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