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About Me

Hello,

I’m Maria, a storyteller, Serbian-English translator, content creator, kids’ author, and a mom.

I write about everything that makes life worth living: our souls, the past, and how we communicate. The only things I don’t write about are productivity and self-improvement hacks because life doesn’t work that way.

My column in the Big Self is called The No-fluff Self. It talks about everyday life by…


And inspired Elon Musk and Larry Page

Nikola Tesla circa 1890
Nikola Tesla circa 1890
Nikola Tesla circa 1890 | Image from Wikipedia, altered by the author

If it weren’t for Tesla Motors, the world still wouldn’t know about the man who gave us electricity (AC).

He also predicted inventions a whole century into the future. According to BigThink,

“Tesla is (…) responsible for a variety of ahead-of-their-time inventions that have stoked the public’s fancy. We are talking about wireless technology, including wireless transmission of electricity, early cellphones, self-driving, and flying vehicles, as well as thought machines and death rays.”

Nikola Tesla is the author of more than 700 patents and innovations. Here are some of them:

  • the Tesla coil — a transformer which produces high-voltage AC…


The German study on basic income says you’re not so crazy after all.

A woman lying on the stairs in Berlin — The German basic income may be the solution to your wellbeing
A woman lying on the stairs in Berlin — The German basic income may be the solution to your wellbeing
A woman lying on the stairs in Berlin, Germany | Photo by JOYUMA on Unsplash

How much do you worry about your existence? Would you take $1,200 a month if the government gave it to you for free? What about $1,400? It’s not a loan, you don’t have to do anything, and it’s up to you what you do with the pay. There’s no catch. It’s a German study that tracks how little it takes you to be happier, healthier, and more adaptable to change. After all, everyone is afraid of it.

The only reason you want money is to feel secure. By his nature, a man wants consistency and stability. Money gives you a…


It’s not all about power

Queen Victoria, the Greatest Ruler of the 19th Century
Queen Victoria, the Greatest Ruler of the 19th Century
Queen Victoria © by unknown, Credit: Library and Archives Canada, C-008133 is licensed under CC BY 2.0, altered by the author

Queen Victoria ruled half the world including Australia, Canada, and India. They tried to assassinate her at least seven times. During 63 years of her reign, Britain went through industrialization and urbanization. The British Empire doubled in size. Also, the wise Queen managed to keep the peace as her children married into royal families across Europe.

But at the time she was born, no one thought Princess Alexandrina Victoria of Kent would become a queen. There were three uncles and five cousins in line for the throne before her. Also, her mother imposed many restraints on her.

Victoria was the…


Hedy Lamarr didn’t get the appreciation she deserved

Hedy Lamarr in 1944 in The Heavenly Body (left) and the copy of U.S. patent for her Secret Communication System (right)
Hedy Lamarr in 1944 in The Heavenly Body (left) and the copy of U.S. patent for her Secret Communication System (right)
Hedy Lamarr in 1944 as Vicky Whitley in The Heavenly Body (left) and the copy of U.S. patent for her “Secret Communication System” (right) | Source — Wikipedia

In the 1930s she was among the top actresses in Hollywood. She filmed blockbusters that earned millions.

But no role was as interesting as her life. This femme fatale got married six times. The press followed her around for juicy gossip. And no one managed to see through the facade of “the most beautiful woman in the world”.

We didn’t even know how big her invention was until 50 years after the patent. Hedy Lamarr was a woman too beautiful and too self-sufficient for the beginning of the 20th century.

Born in the Wrong Country

She was born in November 1914 in Vienna, Austria as…


A visionary woman living in a shadow

Zelda Fitzgerald circa 1919
Zelda Fitzgerald circa 1919
Zelda Fitzgerald circa 1919 | Image by Wikipedia, altered by the author

Maybe Francis Scott Fitzgerald wasn’t such an original writer after all. And according to biographers, his “crazy” wife Zelda seems to be his victim, not the other way round.

We see Fitzgerald as one of the greatest American authors ever. His muse Zelda led a socialite life until she ended up in a psychiatric ward. Zelda’s condition and medical bills ruined Scott financially and mentally. By the mid-1930s, he was already a heavy drinker who didn’t write anything original anymore. At only 44, he died.

At least that’s what they have taught us. But history always has more pieces to…


And yes, you can discover it yourself

A red-haired girl in a red dress holds a bunch of red roses
A red-haired girl in a red dress holds a bunch of red roses
Image by Chermiti Mohamed on Unsplash

Rehydration makes you more hopeful and optimistic, they say. But drinking 100 ounces of water a day somehow didn’t get me through the bombing easily. I’d start at the sound of an explosion and was apprehensive despite my water intake. Later on, psychological tricks and morning mantras didn't make my mobbing less awful. My nerves were on edge all the time.

Content about happiness often comes from those who have little life experience. But they know how to write about a scientific experiment on 300 people in 1,300 words. Or from those whose life is easier than yours. These articles…


Don’t overcomplicate happiness.

A happy 5-year-old girl with a smile
A happy 5-year-old girl with a smile
Image by Ekaterina Kartushina on Unsplash

We create an enigma out of happiness. We think it needs to be stunning and shiny like JLo’s sparkly concert outfits. That we need special tools to reach it from far away. But happiness is a habit, a set of thoughts. Life is not an easy ride and we need this ability to spot beauty along the way.

Children have it.

At five, you are happier than ever. But you want to grow up because you can’t enjoy that magical life the way you want. …


Dora Maar was neither recognized nor happy

Portrait of Dora Maar (1937), by Pablo Picasso | Image by Wikipedia altered by the author, Fair use

Our past is full of people who never got into textbooks. Of the anonymous killed in battles, but we remember the generals who led them. Of millions who died of infections while their kings ate cookies in court. And of artists who perished unknown because they didn’t play their cards right.

All of them make fragments of the past like pieces of a cubist painting. One of those people was Dora Maar.

She was a talented photographer, painter, and poetess. But most of us have never heard of her art thanks to Picasso. …


Diana Budisavljević’s kindness cost her mental health

Diana Budisavljević, a woman who saved over 10,000 children
Diana Budisavljević, a woman who saved over 10,000 children
Diana Budisavljević | Image by Wikipedia, altered by the author

During the Holocaust, Schindler saved 1,200 souls. Diana Budisavljević rescued 10 times as many. Still, this remarkable heroine died unappreciated.

As the wife of a highly respected Clinical Professor of Medicine, she could have minded her own business during the war. Instead of looking the other way to Nazi crimes, our rich girl took the biggest humanitarian action in World War II.

This Austrian didn’t intend to do such a big deed. But she felt she had to.

Diana Married a Serb and Everything Changed

She was born in 1891 in Innsbruck, Austria as Diana Obexer. …

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