21st CENTURY WOMAN

This is where I share what I have learned by living on two continents, under two governing regimes, straddling two centuries, and enjoying two rewarding professional careers.  I have always been fascinated by the process through which we become who we are, I crave the understanding of the turning points that veer each of us from a set course.  This blog will wander not only through my trials, tribulations, and (I hope) small triumphs of my jewelry making journey, but also through the meanders of human understanding.  I’d be honored if you would join me!

WHO IS CRISTINA – leaving Romania and arrival in the USA

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My first interaction with the US authorities was at the Immigration Office at the airport, where I told them I was asking for political asylum.  They told me: “It is Friday afternoon, can you come back on Monday morning?”  I said, I need a place to stay overnight, I had nobody to help me – to which they answered: “Lady, we did not ask you to come here now, did we?” 

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WHO IS CRISTINA – leaving Romania and arrival in the USA

Posted by Cristina Radu on

My first interaction with the US authorities was at the Immigration Office at the airport, where I told them I was asking for political asylum.  They told me: “It is Friday afternoon, can you come back on Monday morning?”  I said, I need a place to stay overnight, I had nobody to help me – to which they answered: “Lady, we did not ask you to come here now, did we?” 

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WHO IS CRISTINA - the high school and college years

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How career decisions were made when I was a teen and how the need to compete for placement in high school and college determined who I became as an adult.  If you are curious how the education system worked in Romania in the 1970s and 1980s and how it encouraged competition, check out this blog post.

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WHO IS CRISTINA - the high school and college years

Posted by Cristina Radu on

How career decisions were made when I was a teen and how the need to compete for placement in high school and college determined who I became as an adult.  If you are curious how the education system worked in Romania in the 1970s and 1980s and how it encouraged competition, check out this blog post.

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LET ME INTRODUCE MYSELF - the early years

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I believe it is because of my relationship with fashion and design at an early age that I developed a sensitivity for uniqueness, individuality, proportions, and proper fit.  My mom always created one-of-a-kind clothing for her clients and counseled them relentlessly to wear what fit their bodies, regardless of the trends of the season. 

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LET ME INTRODUCE MYSELF - the early years

Posted by Cristina Radu on

I believe it is because of my relationship with fashion and design at an early age that I developed a sensitivity for uniqueness, individuality, proportions, and proper fit.  My mom always created one-of-a-kind clothing for her clients and counseled them relentlessly to wear what fit their bodies, regardless of the trends of the season. 

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