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Carmen Okabe at home in Switzerland -2014

Carmen Okabe: Have no regrets must be one of the secrets leading to happiness

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“You have to meet Carmen. She is one of those successful people whose presence will charm you from the first minutes”, a mutual friend of ours living in Italy advised me years ago, in 2010. I admit it did take me some time to suggest this interview to her. She is a woman with a very busy agenda, sometimes travelling to 5 different countries in one week.

Meeting her in London, in the spring of this year, was truly fascinating. My only regret was that those few hours we spent together were running so fast. One can only learn in her company. About life, about business, about the beauty of the soul… A model, an inspiration!

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Romania – Overcoming the Past, Defining the Present and Embracing the Future

Romania – Overcoming the Past, Defining the Present and Embracing the Future

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A Tangled Image of Romania

Romania – Bucharest, Nicolae Ceauşescu, Nadia Comăneci, Transylvania, a bloodshed revolution, poor people, gypsies, immigrants flocking to the UK in search of work, Dracula, corruption, Gică Hagi, the Black Sea, Herta Müller, breath-taking landscapes, People’s House — the Palace of Parliament, Top Gear on Transfăgărăsan, mugging, the Happy Graveyard, Coandă’s jet plane, traditions, Brâncusi, the town of Sibiu – European Capital of Culture in 2008, George Enescu, the Carpathian Gardens, tourist destinations et caetera.

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Mentality of borders

Mentality of borders

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This world shows no mercy grinding us all in a stereotyping and judgmental machine. The aggressive society, the defiant messages, the lack of information, of culture, or whatever the reason for which we do let ourselves influenced, the reality is that we do… and it is obvious in our actions. We walk on the street and throw our frustrations on those around us without even knowing their story… It happened to me, at least for one second, for several times in my life. It happens to you too. You
may think to yourself now… “no, it didn’t”… Denying is the most substantial proof of cowardice, of meanness. Doing something to tackle this phenomenon: this is the true challenge.

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Papered nostalgia

Papered nostalgia

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Transylvania: a spellbinding place of irreversible magic one can only surrender to. This world of essence came to light during the Dark Ages under the name of Terra Ultrasilvana—The Land Beyond the Forest. The inhabitants here managed to capture the greatness of the gothic architecture, the splendour of the Renaissance and the imperial baroque.

This territory holds together the frontiers where civilizations meet, where the Roman-Catholic, Protestant and Christian Orthodox worlds compress each other under their own historical and cultural weight, now turned into the local heritage.

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Space time travel through the fascinating world of nuclear particles alongside the researcher Cătălina Curceanu

Space time travel through the fascinating world of nuclear particles alongside the researcher Cătălina Curceanu

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Frascati town, just some kilometers away from Rome, is known for two things. One of them is the fine quality wine. But the town also hosts one of the most important European research centers in fundamental physics: the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (LNF – INFN). The institute is a small autonomous town which employs almost one thousand people. At the entrance, visitors are warned in English that access is restricted and reserved to authorized personnel only.

Cătălina Curceanu, a Romanian living in Italy for over 20 years and one of the research team coordinators, welcomes me at the gate of the Institute and so invites us to a space time travel through the fascinating world of nuclear particles.

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On the art of living with Daniel Mirea, consultant in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

On the art of living with Daniel Mirea, consultant in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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In Britain’s capital, time is perhaps the most valuable commodity. Everything happens fast, at a speed that you inevitably check on by always looking at your watch. Daniel Mirea is checking what the time is right now. He’s already told me that he’s only got a certain amount of time for me and I understood that by all means.

Calm and analytical, the man in front of me gives that particular pleasure of a dialogue coming from a meaningful interaction. Communication reaches with him other values and this is already taking an explicit shape.

Specialized in psychotherapy and mental health for over two decades, Daniel Mirea finished his studies in Britain, sometimes in the ‘90s. When asked what determined him not to return to Romania, he replies that “our country was undergoing major changes back then and, as far as I can see, these are not over yet. I could say that everything was a little chaotic and no opportunity did exist in medicine, particularly in psychology as a science, given that during communism psychotherapy didn’t practically exist in our country. You could only choose between general medicine or psychiatry. “

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Psychiatrist Vlad Schlezak’s Spiritual Diagnose for our Illness

Psychiatrist Vlad Schlezak’s Spiritual Diagnose for our Illness

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Vlad Schlezak is a famous psychiatrist who’s been living for almost seven years in London. When it came to his talent, Vlad confessed in his many public appearances that his passion with painting is a gift from God. He was advised to start painting at the age of 3, during the communism, in order to correct a form of strabismus, an inoperable condition at the time in Romania.

A practicing Christian with a particular interest for spiritual matters, Vlad launched his book in 2013, Diagnosticul biblic al bolii spirituale (Biblical Diagnosis of Spiritual Illness). The same year, the Romanian Ambassador in Britain, Dr. Ion Jinga, distinguished Vlad with the Ambassador’s Diploma, as an acknowledgement for his sustained involvement in actions promoting national identity and communication through arts. This was awarded for the category of “Promoting Romania through arts and medicine”, during The Conference of Romanian Students, Professors and Researchers in the UK. Dr. Vlad Schlezak participated so far in 26 national and international exhibitions, and is currently working on a surprise to be dedicated to all painting lovers in London, starting with the autumn of 2014.

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