Category Archives: Iran

Let’s Go Read Rumi (Ode to Spring)

Before the vultures dine on another ancient civilization and cities become rubble lets break bread instead of bones   lets cleanse our palate and feast on the food of kings and queens, lets walk through smoke screens, and sit on … Continue reading

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Elegy for Alaa Mashzoub

Blind assassins can’t erase your words, written in ink, can’t erase your message. Thirteen bullets and they think they have silenced you   but ink outlives blood, and paper weighs more than rock, and scissors, they can cut off your … Continue reading

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The Call It Blowback

We all wonder why there’s chaos around the world. They call it blowback. This chaos we see today, is thanks to the CIA.   From the Middle East and all the Americas to South East Asia we’re reaping what we … Continue reading

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Origins

An Ancestry.com DNA test tells me that these are my origins: Ireland/Scotland/Wales, Europe East, Europe West, Iberian Peninsula, Europe South, European Jewish, Great Britain, Native American, Scandinavia, Finland/Northwest Russia but the only thing that connects me to my ancestors is … Continue reading

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Life, Death, & Food

Anthony Bourdain used food as a way of introducing America to people around the world, their history and culture. He let food speak for itself, and importantly, let people speak for themselves. Bourdain’s Hawaii episode was the first time many … Continue reading

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March For Women

The President isn’t the disease he is but a symptom. The disease is not new, it is not worse now than it was a couple of years ago or a couple of decades ago or a couple of centuries ago. … Continue reading

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We’re The Elves

Blaming the president and not ourselves is like blaming santa and not his elves   We’re all to blame   They keep controlling us with fear so we pay our taxes year after year   We’re all to blame   … Continue reading

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