Robert's Thoughts

Fools in Paradise

May 1, 2018

In 1943 I was a nine year old offspring of an upper-middleclass family that employed three full-time ‘helpers’: a maid, a cook, and a German-speaking governess, plus a...

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Puerto Vallarta

April 1, 2018

‘El Barracuda’ is an excellent seafood restaurant on the beach just inside the northern limits of Puerto Vallarta’s so called ‘old town’ or Centro. Other than the very...

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Troika

March 1, 2018

He was born in the town of Bialystok, Poland. The day the German Army invaded his country on September 1, 1939 he was visiting Warsaw. Instead of returning home, he enlisted in...

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DOPPELGÄNGER

January 31, 2018

Max Stern was a German-Canadian arts benefactor, art historian and owner of Montreal’s landmark Dominion Gallery. Born in Germany in 1904, to a father who was a prestigious art...

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“My” Montreal

December 29, 2017

When we immigrated to Canada after the Second World War, we settled in Montreal, more accurately in the City of Westmount, a town within a town, an enclave of Anglo-Saxon...

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The Plight of Refugees “Then” and “Now”

December 1, 2017

THEN When, in 1947, my family was forced to leave our native land, Hungary, all but one of us became Stateless Aliens with no valid passports. I traveled internationally on the...

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Empathy

October 29, 2017

People don’t resist change; they resist being changed. Put yourself in the place of an elderly person living alone who wakes up every morning feeling insecure, knowing he or she...

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Autumn Leaves

September 27, 2017

It is October again – a dangerous as well as a beautifully melancholy time for me. Dangerous, because bad things tend to happen in my life during the Fall and beautiful because,...

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A ‘sweet’ adventure in Buenos Aires

August 31, 2017

In my last blog I told you about my love for Tango, but I did not mention Buenos Aires even once, even though that city is the Tango capital of the world. My reason? Buenos Aires...

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Tango

July 30, 2017

I don’t know why, but whenever I hear the urgent strains of Tango Libre composed by Astor Piazzolla I get the goose-bumps. The first time ever that I heard Tango music was in...

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