My grandfather writes:
Dear Maia:In sadness I must report that poor Linda of late just got worse and worse.She would lie down but then could not get up. she whined in pain veryfrequently despite all the meds. she could no longer navigate the doggy-doorso I was carrying her down and up the stairs usually at 11PM, Midnight, and then1AM and 3 AM … but in between she could no longer control herself so she wasshitting on herself and her bed and it was a sad mess.Her two Vets : Dr Michele Fuller and Dr. Zoe Ramagnano had bothbeen suggesting that despite all we tried for Linda they could no longer restore her to health and shewas in decline. and ” it was time ” Near 17 years is a long time for a little doggy.Sadly , and with many tears and pains I took her in at 6PM last night to The Village Vetand had her put down. Dr. Fuller handled it and there was no pain for Linda… I’m starting to crynow as I think about it. I kept putting this off, but finally … She was so much part of my life,I shall miss her terribly. she kept developing new habits. Towards the end she’d come up tome and put her nose under my knee — asking to be petted. She never did that before.Decided to have her cremated by an outfit Dr. Fuller recommended: www.veryimportantpetmortuary.com … Tracy Victor. They are giving us a nice little chest with her ashes plusa plaque with her two front paw prints and words mentioning Cathy and you and myself. — andLinda’s name, of course. should have all this come early January.Dr. Fuller was so kind and gentle and did all this for no charge. She is the best Vet weever had, my opinion. She asked me to drop in from time to time and say hello. MaybeI can do this …Sorry for this sad message, but TIME has her ways , does she not ?Richard Merrill bought me a book PROOF OF HEAVEN in which a Doctor who it seems diedand then came back did mention that he saw Dogs in Heaven … Let’s hope … Maybe Lindawill put in a good word for me ?
Latest article I co-wrote with my colleague Lana Ravel for New Eastern Europe
More posts on the Balkans to come.
Recently, far-right political party Jobbik caused an uproar in Hungary and abroad when Hungarian MP Marton Gyongyosi essentially demanded a list of all the country’s Jews for fear that they posed a “national security risk.”
Meanwhile, interestingly enough, Hungary rejected a Holocaust survivor’s defamation case against well-known Rabbi Slomo Koves. Gruner, in the article, accused Elie Wiesel of stealing the identity and story of a former concentration camp inmate. Rabbi Koves compared Gruner to Norman Finklestein and basically accused him of “falsifying history.” The entire news article is sad to read. There are no “winners” no matter what the outcome would have been. Gruner is essentially a tortured soul who endured and witnessed too much history for one lifetime.
A Jobbik lawmaker has demanded that a Hungarian MP step down simply because they were Israeli.
Index, a Hungarian news portal, later quoted Novak as saying, “Israel has more deputies in the Hungarian Parliament than they have in the Israeli Knesset,” and this caused the Hungarian Parliament to make “favorable” decisions toward Israel.
Novak sent an email to all deputies on Nov. 28 requesting that in the public interest, they make any dual citizenship public.
My grandfather’s wise comments on the overall political landscape in Hungary:
Ugly news for the Jews ….. I think most rattlesnakes have more fundamental soul and decent values than most politicians … obviously this is a ploy designed to get him a hate-based-voting-cadre ..I hope the bastard rots in hell and soon. How could he get such a list? does Hungary demand you declare yourself as Jewish and wear a yellow arm band. ?I so wish I had Grandfathered you into a much more decent socialreality. It would have had to have been someplace aside from one peopled by “humans” ..What does the Ambassador base his “quit worrying” statement on ?next they will throw him out of Hungary.