Tag Archives: life in Poland

No Ducks No Happy

To understand why I was made so happy by the responses I describe here, I’ll mention another story. Back in 1997 there was bad flooding in parts of Southern Poland and many people in the countryside lost their homes (and … Continue reading

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Amidst the Blizzard Green Shoots Emerge

A few days ago there was a train accident in the Pomeranian region of Poland when a passenger train struck a freight train that was on the wrong tracks. A total of 28 people were injured though there were no … Continue reading

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Getting Ahead Through Getting Sick

I’ve mentioned before that getting sick is an effective way of solving many problems in Poland. The experience of a very good friend of mine is a case in point. This friend works within an institution providing  a taxpayer funded … Continue reading

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This is MY Grist for the Consumerist Mill

One of the ways that Polish people dealt more effectively with the collective trauma of communism during the communist era than they have afterward was the extreme political nature of much popular art and the cat and mouse game that … Continue reading

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Fashions, the Mind and it’s Functioning….

There are fashions and trends in diagnoses of mental conditions just like anything else. I’ve recently come to suspect that an especially fashionable diagnosis in Poland for young people is borderline personality disorder (osobowość chwiejna emocjonalnie typu borderline or zaburzenie … Continue reading

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Stuck on the Night Shift

Here’s an abbreviated version on the real source of the current problems with judicial reform in Poland. First two bits of background. A parting gift of the communists was an unwieldy electoral system with no practical electoral threshhold. This meant … Continue reading

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The Wages of (Not) Dealing with the Past

What’s going on now in Poland is not really about the court sysem. It’s probably the last death throes of a conflict that for most people ended in 1992. For lots of reasons, communist Poland from around 1960 on was … Continue reading

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