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Nativity of the Mother of God

I should have posted this four days ago. However, I was on trip and the internet connection was such that I could not do it. Ok, it’s better late than never.

The feast of Nativity of the Mother of God is celebrated in Orthodox church on Sep. 21 (two weeks later than Catholics do: the calendar is shifted). This is the first feast from the twelve great ones in a yearly cycle of church celebrations that starts on September 1. This is how must people know it.

As to me and my family, this feast has a special significance. On this mere day I was appointed for a permanent position at Delft University of Technology. This has ended a difficult nomadic period in my life. I have got a possibility to do research and support my family, thanks to the Mother.

Why do I write about it now? Well, this took place 15 years ago, a kind of jubilee. Do you think it was a joyfull day for me? Not quite. In this less ideal word, if one gets some, another does not. There was a job search by that time, four people on the list. Me. My student with whom we did splendid physics and were having a good time. He could not find a research job in the Nethrelands and is now a prof in Grenoble, France. My good friend who has actually brought me to Delft and has helped me a lot. He could not stay in research he liked and works for a soft company.   

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