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A rural idyll?

A rural idyll?

Anna Perlini

Everyone has times in their life when they feel that they’ve reached bottom and that things couldn’t possibly get worse. For me, one of these times happened when I found... »

The game of hearts

The game of hearts

Anna Perlini

How about playing a game where you compete only with yourself and get to do some good in the process? How about the “Game of Hearts”? Last year, my daughter discovered he... »

Wednesday meetings

Wednesday meetings

Anna Perlini

You wouldn't think he was speaking to a gathering of elderly people, some in wheelchairs, some unable to talk, others afflicted by dementia or Alzheimer’s. His hands gest... »

Birthday messenger

Birthday messenger

Anna Perlini

On my birthday, I often experience mixed feelings—on the one hand, I wish I could escape to a lonely island; on the other hand, the extra attention does feel good. Either... »

The forgiveness chain

The forgiveness chain

Anna Perlini

I’ve always been impressed by people who can forgive. When I was a kid, it was that friend at school who didn’t get back at others when they made fun of his awkward ways... »

A yearly appointment

A yearly appointment

Anna Perlini

One day about three years ago, my father invited his five children, married and parents themselves, to accompany him and my mother to the Holy Land. He was already 85 and... »

The star singers

The star singers

Anna Perlini

When my children were young, we read about an old tradition that existed in various parts of Europe since the Middle Ages. Groups of children and young people would go ho... »

The eccentric couple

The eccentric couple

Anna Perlini

I first met Danica and Milic over 13 years ago. They were already affectionately known as “the grandparents on the mountain,” because the name of the small village where... »

Shine your light!

Shine your light!

Anna Perlini

I first met Marina almost 20 years ago at a workshop organized by a Japanese NGO for Bosnian refugee women. She was warm and friendly and was definitely adding her own ve... »

Don’t roll over, Beethoven

Don’t roll over, Beethoven

Anna Perlini

When my father had me listen to Beethoven's 6th Symphony  for the first of many times, he was undoubtedly trying to impart to me his passion for classical music. I was on... »

Following heroes

Following heroes

Anna Perlini

I was ten years old when I first heard of Albert Schweitzer, and I was really impressed by his dedication—to the point that I started contemplating becoming a doctor like... »

The smallest coin in the world

The smallest coin in the world

Anna Perlini

Just before I left for India, where I was going to spend a number of years as a volunteer, a friend gave me a very original and, I thought, useful farewell present. “I’m... »

Learning from the hurt

Learning from the hurt

Anna Perlini

It’s my 20th year living and working in the former Yugoslavia. I also lived here earlier, right after President Tito died in 1980. His pictures were still hanging everywh... »