Bio

Personal

Take 1:

Married man. Joyce reader. Seasonal biker. Casual photographer. Smashing Pumpkins fan. Birdwatcher and cats admirer. Interested in medieval history, graphic design, social media and internet marketing.

Born, living and presumably buried in Warsaw, Poland.

    

Professional

I’ve been studying for five years to be a historian. Next 10 years I spent doing something completely different.

First, selling clothes for over two years. I’m still a master of folding clothes and puting them in neat piles.

Then I found myself managing a rather big store of one of the mobile network operators. And I was good at that. But I’m still using the mobile I bought five years ago and writing a text message is a torture for me. It doesn’t mean I haven’t learned anything…

Lastly, I came to a place where I supposed to be an administrative-sales support-customer service-logistics-warehouse-accountig employee. And I’ve been for a long time. But apart from that I became a marketing, graphic design and printing specialist which was the work I really enjoyed and I hope to enjoy in future.

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86 thoughts on “Bio

  1. Variety is the spice of life. And there is an added benefit. You get to determine which walks of life have the most impact of your presence on this earth. Your ancestors left an impact and now it is your opportunity. Good luck. Wally (Vaju)

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  2. Interesting! I’m really good at folding T-shirts! I have a technique I picked up from some Chinese woman in a video on YouTube!

    Who’s Grogan? What’s the story behind the blog-address? 🙂

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    1. I’m not as good at folding as Chinese I’m affraid. But I think I’m better than average man 🙂

      Mother Grogan is a fictional character talked about (or rather mocked about) in a dialogue in the first chapter of James Joyce’s “Ulysses”. She’s sort of archetype of old Irish woman of lower class and Irish folk wisdom, but of course there are many in-depth interpretations of this character to be found here and there. I don’t think there’s any idea or story behind me choosing her to be the patron of my blog (and not only this blog: mothergrogan is a nickname I use in other web services). The dialogue where she’s mentioned always makes me laugh, and is one of the parts that I remember the best from the novel. Maybe it’s because sometimes I feel that I’m a bit like mother Grogan: I think that my thoughts and ideas are very wise and new when actually they are secondary and of no importance.

      Here you can find the part of “Ulysses” relating to mother Grogan: https://mothergrogan.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/mg.pdf

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      1. That’s wonderful! I haven’t read it. Started with Finnegan’s Wake but quickly gave up, when I realised it wasn’t for me 🙂
        I’ll check out the link now ..

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        1. Started with FW?! Bad idea 🙂 I’ve read almost all Joyce’s works but gave up FW after 100 or so pages 😦

          I think you’d better start with one of the short stories from “Dubliners”. I’d highly recommend “The Dead”.

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  3. Thanks for the follow over on my blog. I love your photos, and glad we’ve bumped in to each other! And now, I’m off to practice folding clothes!

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  4. what a great blog 🙂 smashing pumpkins too 😉 looking forward to following your world

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  5. Don’t worry, some of us have a more sordid job history than that. Love those photos, keep it up! And thanks for following me.

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      1. No problem, mothergrogan. Participation is entirely optional; and is at the level you choose. Everyone has enough pressure without the blogosphere adding more (in my humble opinion). Take care 🙂

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  6. Hey, thanks for all the likes and for following my blog. You have some great photos here and I look forward to following your posts as well. — Rob

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    1. Hello Rob!

      I’m really glad you like my photos. I’ve seen lots of great photos on your blog and I’m sure I’ll be visiting it frequently.

      I wish you many good shots!

      ATB

      Paweł

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  7. I can really resonate with “Joyce Reader” and “Medieval History” and “casual photographer.” We have some things in common. What made you give up “Medieval History”? – Or have you?

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    1. Actually I’ve never given up medieval history. It is still one of my fields of interest. Ten years ago I could start the university career, get degree etc. But life demanded something else.

      Good to meet someone with similar passions. I hope it will be a pleasure for you to follow my blog.

      Paweł

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          1. Oceania? I like it and while some might complain, I won’t. They been around for ages and musically are at the top of their game.

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  8. Hi there:), just wanted to say thank you for stopping by my blog with your “Likes” and “Following”, I can assure you that it`s very much appreciated and inspiring! I look forward to continue following your blog as well, I have enjoyed what I found here so far, lots of beautiful pics – and good words that follows as well! Have a marvellous day:)

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  9. Great blog. Love the pictures of trails that must surely lead to places of wonder… I also like medieval history and have a collection of books about it. Recently re-read The Crusades, Zoe’ Oldenbourg, then got strayed into buying her Argile et Cendre – in French -not easy in the U.S. to buy books in European languages … but I found it and I am curious to see if she writes historcal novels as well as she writes history per se.

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    1. The crusades are the part of the medieval history I like the most. I must say I don’t know any of Zoe Oldenbourg’s writings, should give them a try. There was a time I was deeply interested in the biography of Richard Coeur de Lion, even wrote an essay about him when at the university. I can recomend to you the books written by French historian Regine Pernoud, most of them about the history of France in XII/XIII century. But maybe you’ve already know them…

      Thanks for visiting this humble blog, I’m glad you like it.

      Paweł

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      1. Pawel: Hi, Your blog is a proud one! I had read about Pernoud but I never read her work. I’ll keep that name in mind. I have a book about Coeur de Lion as a military leader (only that one facet of his personality) and his mother Alianor, his father the 1st Plantagenet, and brothers. Currently reading Oldenbourg’s Argile et Cendres, and a book titled “1215” about the making of the Magna Carta under John Lackland, last surviving son of Alianor. He finally became king of England only to be trimmed down by the nobles…! I’ll see if there are any Regine P. books (in French) on Amazon. Vera

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  10. Hi Mothergrogran!
    Thank you for keep visiting my blog and I also found you site quite interesting with your stories and pictures. Well, I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. I hope this will be a wonderful news for you. To see more about the award and this nomination, please visit my post at
    http://smartntrendymom.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/liebster-blog-award-the-first-award-for-my-blog/
    Congratulations and all the best to you!

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    1. Thanks for the awards, they’re always much appreciated. I must say I’m not much into the blogging awards. Just can’t find enough time to pass them on etc. But receiving them is a great thing 🙂 I’m glad you find my blog worth visiting, please come back for more 🙂

      Cheers!

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  11. Great blog you have here. Thanks for the “like”…folding clothes is one of my favorite “chores” to do and my kids love to help me do it… 🙂

    And happy new year!
    Warm regards,
    Mary from My Tropical Home

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  12. Mothergrogan sounds fascinating to me! Thanks for following my blog and leading me to yours. You’ve got really beautiful photos and I’m looking forward to browsing more. Also, I’d like to have that kind of job experience too, makes life more interesting! 🙂

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  13. Your Bio sounds great! You’ve had a really interesting lifetime. I think that diversity is the spice of life. Keep enjoying and expand it. Nice blog too! Best wishes, Àngel

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  14. So you decided to join the small clan of Uncle Spike followers…. That makes me a happy blogger now – I really appreciate you making that special mouse click.

    Hope you like my upcoming posts and if you get bored one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too.

    If you have any likes, dislikes or suggestions about my blog, just let me know, either through ‘comments’ or via email. Always welcome reader input 🙂

    Have a great old day…

    UNCLE SPIKE
    uncle.spikes.adventures1@gmail.com

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  15. lol…you seem to have led a very interesting and varied life…good for you! Keeps you from being bored and on your toes! Thanks for visiting and liking my post!

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  16. Thanks for following my blog. Love the way you write so I will definitely spend more time here. And I love your bio, straight and to the point! Looking forward to reading more so.

    Bille
    http://ireland-ms.com

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