Petra Vlah's Writing

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Petra's Writing is Wrapped in a Lifetime of Insights


Petra Vlah's work gives us a compelling first-hand telling of growing up under communism in Romania. Sadly, there are many similar stories being lived out in other countries even as I write this, but Petra’s writing draws a picture that is a warning to Americans.


We would be wise to consider her history and insights carefully. Her work is an opportunity for Americans. She offers a wake up call to warn us to hold on to our freedoms, writing a warning about socialistic trends in our own government that threaten our Republic.

She poignantly shares her personal experiences with such stark honesty that it can leave a reader breathless. She writes with courage about the bravery she had to maintain a strong grip on as her future unfolded.

Petra Vlah writes with passion, and her attempts at objectivity often display an inner compassion that I hope to see her continue to cultivate. While her anger is understandable, I think she has been learning more than she realizes at this point.



What we can learn from reading first-hand accounts of how people from other countries have dealt with life when their governments capitulated or were overrun by brutal regimes that demanded everything from the people they entrapped is as important today as it has been throughout history.

The red, white, and blue has welcomed many new sons and daughters over the years.
The red, white, and blue has welcomed many new sons and daughters over the years. | Source

As Petra shares her continuing journey through her writing, something about her stark style makes her accounts of the life that she tells us about all the more riveting. Her posts are both easy to read and yet a challenge. I love that it feels as if I am listening to her wonderful accent when I read about her life.

My impression is that through HubPages she is learning much and receiving good encouragement. I hope to find and read more of her work, but I know I will have to read it on days that I can handle it. Such intensity is not for the faint-hearted. Her work can explode in your heart and mind in unexpected ways. One needs to be both careful of and understanding of her impressions of America.

I am writing this short hub about Petra’s work because we have much to learn from the experiences that other countries have had with socialism and communism. Reading the stories of people who have endured the hardships of living under regimes such as the one Petra grew under could do us good in more ways than one.

If you have not read Petra’s story, her Marked Family will give you a new appreciation of the freedoms Americans have enjoyed in the past. Again, though, be careful, and be understanding,



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What Have You Learned from the Writings of Transplants to America? 8 comments

Ghost32 6 years ago

Thanks for this heads-up. I haven't yet read any of Petra's work but will rectify that oversight ASAP.


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RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey Author

Thanks for stopping by and responding. Petra has something important to offer America.


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

Dear RT,

I can not even begin to tell you how flattered and grateful I am for dedicating this hub to my personal stories which I decided to share with the HP community through my writings.

Having the first hand experience of living for 30 years under a communist regime gives me the unique perspective of recognizing alarming signs that could have disastrous consequences for the American way of life.

Whether is general apathy or a sense of collective impotency, someone will take advantage of it and day by day more and more restrictions will limit the freedom we so cherish.

What does you personal vote counts for when “money talks” and corporations are given the power to run this country according to their interest and bottom line (greed and profitability)?

What does your freedom of speech means when you are bond by “political correctness”?

What is your right to privacy when the Patriotic Act gives free hand to authorities to act on suspicions? Once in place will not be limited to terrorists as “intended”

Knowledge and awareness is all I can share with you and is all you need to have in order to avoid loosing what the Founding Fathers have promised “life, freedom of speech and property, the right to bear arms and the pursuit of happiness”


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RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey Author

Dear Petra,

Thank you for stopping by this hub. I say again, your insights combined with your experiences are so important to share with others. I hope this hub helps keep readers reading your work and dialogues with you regarding the important issues that you are warning people about alive and well.

Your reply here reminded me of our Founding Fathers' warnings. They were directing us to remember why America had been blessed (in spite of the problems that had already developed--we live in a fallen world, not just a fallen nation) and they were urging us to be mindful of what we could come to if we did not heed their warnings.

However, here we are today, and I am thankful for voices of reason, voices that try to reason, to raise awareness. Thank you for your efforts. Keep writing--it is important!


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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California

I appreciate the alarm that you have raised based on Petra's story. It is truly frightening to see what has taken place in our country over the last 20 years in particular. Thank you for speaking up.


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RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey Author

Thank you for stopping in and commenting. So appreciate your help in sharing her writing.


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

Dear RT,

Thank you so very much for being a constant and valued supporter of my efforts to bring my personal experience into the HP community and maybe offer a different prospective base on facts and events that influenced me as a person and as a writer. I am very flattered and grateful to you for writing a hub about me and spreading the word.

It could be the reason why one of my hubs “Hard as a rock – soft as feather” has been nominated for Hubnuggets of the week. The winner will be selected based on votes to be cast by anyone and they encourage us to promote the hub to family and friends or by any other means (Face book, etc).

I am so computer illiterate and technologically handicapped that I can’t even provide a link to the voting site, so I am contacting only a few people who I think will be likely to vote for me. The site is under “books and writings” and there is a link that somebody posted in a comment left on my story about the two grandmothers.

I have no idea what this contest is all about, but being nominated is certainly gratifying. I thank you again for your encouragement to keep on writing and I promise to do so.

Best regards, Petra


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RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey Author

Thank you so much for letting me know about the nomination Petra! I have much to learn about technology and HubPages as well, but this way I can at east high-light this opportunity. I will try to read up on what this Hubnuggets is and and find information on your hub. The reading and writing on HubPages can be so interesting. That and the rest of life have worked together to "let" me neglect to learn much about the entire concept so HubPages "options" are peripheral to me. I should probably change that! Thanks again for leaving a note on this!

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