Irina VanPatten’s Writings

Christmas Movie Marathon aka the Stress Killer

Christmas Movie Marathon aka the Stress Killer

What about that snow, that starts at the perfect time in the movie? Also, the clean streets, with well-powdered sides, with piles of snow in the right place, where the characters are destined to throw some snowballs. And you, guessed it, slip and fall, but this time on top of each other. Shakespeare is taking a break!

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Let’s Talk Home with a Romanian Actor in HBO Films

Let’s Talk Home with a Romanian Actor in HBO Films

His American life started with 10 years of work in cruise ships as a dancer and instructor and later as background actor in HBO films. It is not a surprise that Cristian Popa used all his language, fun attitude and sales skills into real estate industry that helped him realize that he was born for this business. He doesn’t only sell homes in Colorado, but entertains his audience about attractive places for foreigners, reports HORA in America Magazine.

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Thank You For Being Civil

Thank You For Being Civil

Thank You for Being Civil

Two weeks ago, I lunched a social experiment. I posted an opinion called Socialism: Don’t Compare God’s Gift with Fried Eggs. I know, I know, you’ll wondering, what the hell does it mean: “God’s Gift and Fried Eggs” in one sentence? The origin of this expression is coming from a very old Russian proverb that resembles the English expression that compares apples to oranges. Basically, it means these two are not the same. My post was asking the readers not to compare Soviet Union’s failed experiment to socialism, because Soviet Union was a dictatorship, not a socialist country.

But here comes the surprise. My post generated a lot of responses. The first came in the haters. One person posted on my page Coffee and Sangria Talks with Irina VanPatten: “Not all disabled look like this (a sign of a person in a wheelchair), some look like this (a sign of a Soviet flag with a sickle and hummer).” Then somebody called me an “useful idiot”. Jokes on you, dude. Because that’s an expression straight from the KGB operational manual. Who’s a commie now?

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Socialism: Don’t Compare the God’s Gift with Fried Eggs

Socialism: Don’t Compare the God’s Gift with Fried Eggs

There is a very clever Russian saying that is as funny, as it is ingenious: “Don’t compare the God’s gift with fried eggs!” What it basically means is: “Don’t compare the incomparable” or, as we often say in America: “Don’t compare apples to oranges”.

When you’re pushing the narrative that socialism equals USSR, and try to scare us off that we all will end up in GULAGs, because that’s what Stalin did, this is not socialism you are referring to. So, stop it!

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Anna Alexander, the Lawyer in Red Suit

Anna Alexander, the Lawyer in Red Suit

An exceptional attorney living in Washington state, with Moldovan origins, is well known not only because she takes great care of her clients, but because she is running for Snohomish County Superior Court Judge elections this November, HORA in America reports, in an exclusive interview with Anna Alexander by Irina VanPatten in Seattle, WA.

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Aliens With Extraordinary Abilities

Aliens With Extraordinary Abilities

Saviana Stănescu is a poet, playwright and Romanian-American journalist. In the US, she is known for incredible plays about immigrants, that are performed in American theaters. Her plays are emotional and full of charm, because they reflect the challenges that Saviana herself had to go through to reach her American dream.

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About Author Name

Irina VanPatten is American Pacific Northwest writer with Eastern European roots. Her writing style marries the best of these two worlds. She draws from the reach roots of her culture, but bakes her own American literary cake with a blended sense of humor: sharp, yet warm; edgy, yet tender.

An Endorsement from Natalia Ghilascu

Chief-editor of Hora in America 

As a chief-editor of Hora in America magazine, where Irina VanPatten is a contributing writer, I have witnessed first hand her passion for writing. She has a unique style of handling difficult subjects with humor and you can hear her sarcastic voice throughout the text. Her story I Love You, Russian Style was a fun read for me personally. Nevertheless, she can switch to a serious mode and write with passion and conviction about issues like women’s rights, immigrants rights, equality.

She is a great interviewer, because she can listen to the people she talks to with the same passion that she writes about them. She is interested in what they do as professionals, and in their daily lives with their families. She had interviewed people from different professions and backgrounds: from truck drivers, doctors and science researches to movie directors and entertainers, but regardless of what they do, when she publishes an interview, she lets them shine.

—Natalia Ghilascu

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