Tales By The Wayside

A collection of stories that would like to be told

The story of a red bear

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Good bye to the Red Bear

A personal event…

In  2007, at a flea market in a somewhat dumpy pizzeria next to the highway, I found a kind of magic bear. It became a golden star when you turned it inside out…

The rest of the story was wonderful. But I had to take it down from the site, away from the public eye.

It was a story about being a child and the ability to imagine, to fantasize, to explore the world with one’s mind and emotions. And it was posted on this site for ages and picked up thousands of clicks.

It is now the tale of the brutality of the Internet, which has given a voice to the dull, the violent, the cheap, the banal. Because the story was personal, nothing intimate or prurient, mind you, I had to make a decision and take it down. It was just simple and positive and, I do not hesitate to say: beautiful.

Is there really truth on the WWW? Or has it merely become a cesspool into which everyone throws everything, mostly advertising?

The finest dish will be inedible after a trip in through the sewers. In our real, off-line lives, we have the ability to transcend or just ignore ugliness. It remains a theoretical haze as we go about our daily chores, work, meet friends, care for our families. We surround ourselves with beauty. With beautiful objects. We cultivate the thoughts that raise our spirits, or should, to somehow rise above the frenzy and breathe in.

Anyway: because this rather beautiful story of the power of childhood put someone close to me at theoretical risk of being mocked, or in other ways bullied by some twit with a life to get, I decided to take it down. I have it on PDF for my daughter to read at some time.

1 for garbage, 0 for beauty.

Welcome to the 21st century. I’ll have more to say about this here: http://www.journos-blotter.com/reflections/

See you thereGarbage01

Winner takes all





Written by Marton Radkai

July 13, 2010 at 9:46 am

4 Responses

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  1. Marton,
    had I not mentioned years ago that you might look into writing some childrens stories – and here it is, a bittersweet tale of loss and finding, of childhood and initiation.
    Find someone to illustrate it – and I for one would love to own a book that stems from reality.
    I too will be a Mama soon – 3 months to go! Unexpectedly I am expecting. I will make it a point to introduce my little one to Rotbaer’s story.
    Much love,

    Lisa Steinkamp

    July 13, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    • I would love too, lisa! I do need the publisher though!

      And congratulations to the coming change in your life. And it really is a change!

      Marton Radkai

      July 13, 2010 at 5:01 pm

  2. At the end of my work day your story makes me think about what I tell my patients explicitly and implicitly; your beliefs matter!

    Anu Makynen

    July 15, 2010 at 11:42 pm

  3. Happy Bearday, Seraphina!

    Marton, I was thinking about you just the other day. Our schoolmate Jennifer (she of the long journey in your 2CV drinking nescafé made with hot tap water) was visiting and asked about you. It was nice to see your pictures. Hope all is happy at home now that Bear is back. It’s been way too long since I’ve seen you. Rotbar gives me faith that I will find my way to your door again. Meanwhile I send you and yours love from me and mine.


    July 17, 2010 at 7:20 pm

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