Monthly Archives: March 2012

Comparison in 8 points: Tolkien, Lewis – Rowling/ Lord of the Rings, Narnia – Harry Potter

Write a 8-10 narrative paragraph starting with the following words:


And Harry Potter stepped into the labyrinth for yet another magic adventure.


The above exercise was given at the English olympiad as the final subject to be made (VI).


What was my reaction? Of joy? Sadly (or gladly), not. Because, at the doors of the educational system, it is not to be made Alohomora for Harry Potter. 

Why? The arguments are of spiritual nature. In my opinion, the “Harry Potter” series ar not “anti-christian” stories and J.K.Rowling didn’t have “evil intentions” writing it. 


But there are some themes which I do not agree (making abstraction of the “magical setting” of the books):

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An Old Man’s in the park inspiration. A lesson of creativity, in a day for inventivity

An old man sits on a bench in the park. He is still. After observing that he didn’t move for some minutes, standing with his head looking down, a lady comes and asks him:


– Mister, what are you looking at with such concentration?

– At the twittering dove as they eat bread crumbs.

– But…. why?

– It inspires me.


The lady doesn’t understand the answer and goes away. Hours pass and afternoon comes. Seeing the old man still for a quarter of hour, with his head looking up, a child comes and asks him:

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A factory, a gun and a pair of shoes

In year 1944, in the city of Zlín, while on the western front against Nazi Germany in the  Czech Republic, my grandfather, Mircea Mitroi, leader of a Romanian army battalion in the Tatra Mountains, found himself in a quite difficult situation when, after the eliberation of the city, the soldiers subordinated to his command wanted to steal high-quality shoes from the famous  Baťa Factory.

Led by his sense of honor, call of duty and principles of morality, my grandfather forbidden his subordinates to thief the shoe factory, arguing that “We are liberators, not thiefs! We came here to help those men, not pillage their property”. Seeing that he cannot temper the soldiers with words, he grabbed his pistol, pointed them in the direction of the battalion and said: “If someone takes a single pair of shoes from this factory, I will kill him with my own hands!”.

By doing so, my grandfather saved the factory, and it lasted many years after the end of the Second World War.   

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The Value of Intelligence in Love

Ante scriptum: “Which is the value of intelligence in love?” For months I had been trying to give an answer to this dilemma. I rewrote this article three times but, every time, I couldn’t find the right words. It is very hard to intelligently speak about love, what to say about intelligently speaking about love while weighting the value of intelligence in the same time.  After all, love is an unspeakable feeling, which you cannot describe in words. And then, what should I do? “An image values as 1000 words”, it is said.

Tulcea, 1954

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