One of the joys of over a decade of blogging is that, though I have few readers and few comments, I will sometimes find my work mentioned on a blog or internet forum.
The latest occurred yesterday.
Someone, using Google Greece for an unknown search, spent some time exploring 2 years of blog posts on this blog.
This person left a comment to the post my coffin photo was in (More on that, below).
Petros Houhoulis lives in Serres, Greece and is a member of an online community called The Apricity, a place that bills itself as "a European Cultural Community."
Apparently he used my old photo to make a pointed observation about Macedonians elsewhere on the community forums.
Someone responded to the above with...
"Fuck man what is this? Did maks started turning to zombies? I am going to get my shotgun ready."
Petros responded with...
"Nah, that guy is simply funny. The ones in our forum are the ridiculous ones... Because they are rooting for a dead cause, and they can't figure it out yet, or even understand how they got in this position..."
See thread called "Musings..."
Petros left a comment, to this post of mine, that I share here, in an edited form, to account for the fact that certain links do not work for some reason (Cache error: redis connect error):
Eh, Kiril, what's happening to you anyway? Do you have some sort of pestilence???
Hopefully these stories shall give you some information, hopefully some inspiration... My condolences either way.
BalkanInsight.com/en – Macedonia Press Review Aug. 5, 2013
BalkanInsight.com/en – Macedonia drained by migration –Aug. 5, 2013
(Balkan Insight says, on its Twitter & FB, that it provides "News, Reports, Analysis and Opinion about trending issues in the Balkans." - Kiril)
P.S. Stop bitching about Communism like your Uzunovic counterpart down under... Do you have any idea what is to fall under the Islamic jurisdiction of your Albanian neighbors???
INDEPENDENT BALKAN NEWS AGENCY -- Georgievski: In 8 years, FYR Macedonia will be a country dominated by Muslims, in 15 years an Albanian state.
(Serbian politician Nikola Uzunović (1873-1954) served as Prime Minister of Yugoslavia from 4/8/26 to 4/17/27 and 01/1934 to 12/1934. - Kiril)
Those fellas back in Stari Kraj won't have a happy funeral like yours...
How best to respond to this?
From 2002 to 2008, mostly on my first blog, not this one, I shared my concerns about the threat of Communism and Radical Islam to America and Western Civilization, but I turned away from that as a main focus of my writing.
I felt it was more productive for me as a person and writer to focus elsewhere.
Besides, in America especially, there are many folks with bigger audiences and more influence than I will ever have who make the argument far more effectively.
My father (1923-88) was a proud Macedonian Nationalist who fought Communism before fleeing Yugoslavia, after WW2, preferring to live in freedom elsewhere.
He never saw his parents and sisters again, though there were plenty of photos and censored correspondence.
His elderly, younger, sisters still live where they were born, while my cousins are spread around the countries that arose after the 90's era wars.
Attempts at correspondence by them, over the last decade, were sporadic and of such a nature that, after a time, I gave up trying to respond.
For Petros, or anyone else, from the "Musings" thread, I hope these posts of mine, from 2008, serve to enlighten you about my father:
The Immigrant: A Tribute to My Father (A 4 part series - follow the links, at the end of each, to go the the next one.)