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  • 2019 Grateful 52

    2019 Grateful 52

    2019 Grateful 1: The end of the 2010s

    Well, it’s been quite a decade. From the first iPad in 2010 to Brexit, Trump, and the Bojo phenomenon. The 2010s saw both William and

    2019 Grateful 52

    2019 Grateful 2: Lesson from the Bishop

    The pessimist in me says that it had to happen sometime. My love affair with my Hungarian village was a little too good to be

    2019 Grateful 52

    2019 Grateful 3: Szaloncukor

    Hungarians take their sweets seriously. Very seriously. Just watch what happens when the first szaloncukor hit the shelves in the lead-up to Christmas and the

    2019 Grateful 52

    2019 Grateful 4: Looking for Advent

    Determined to make the most of the short time I have in the village this month, I did my research. I checked out all the

    2019 Grateful 52

    2019 Grateful 5: An eye-opener

    I’ve been writing this weekly grateful series for eight years. I’ve been practising my daily grateful litanies for longer still. And even with all that

    2019 Grateful 52

    2019 Grateful 6: Embracing imperfection

    I doubt I’d register on the OCD charts. I’m not obsessively compulsive about anything really. Okay, so I’d straighten a picture frame if it was

    2019 Grateful 52

    2019 Grateful 7: Murder in Clane

    I’m not a huge fan of travel books, the endless lists of the best things to see, the best hotels to stay in, the best

    2019 Grateful 52

    2019 Grateful 8: How many candles?

    A recent dinner conversation wandered into a discussion of Menorahs. My friends were on the lookout for a nine-candle Menorah rather than the more common

    2019 Grateful 52

    2019 Grateful 9: Yellow Roses

    Tonight in Budapest, 4 November 2019, protestors marched from Clark Ádám tér to the Constitutional Court where they laid yellow roses in solidarity with victims

    2019 Grateful 52

    2019 Grateful 10: Gentle On My Mind

    Scrolling through Facebook recently, I saw a friend had posted his playlist and at No. 3 was Glen Campbell’s Gentle on my mind. It’s one of

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