Why? You leave them with eyes wet and open wet with tears open with hope and you travel the distance between your hands and theirs never knowing when the wetness stops Does it even ever stop? But you learn that eyes can close one cold morning or one hot summer night it does not matter when it matters that it does happen and it matters that so many people wonder…


Let the doves bring us those olive branches..

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A few weeks ago I picked up the phone and called the insurance company to dispute a charge. I told the customer service representative that I am upset but it is not geared towards her. I am upset at the insurance company and even though she is their employee, I am not in any way arguing with her. I am just asking her to look into the issue for me…


The Sad Account of a Man Who Steals Sleep

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Not so slowly, not so gently He stole my sleep He stole your sleep   Locked them down In the basement Of his white house   Avoiding the cold gaze Of his trophy wife Sat behind the desk With his back to her   And tweeted on his phone With fingers smaller than normal About how Trunch stole sleep but spelled “insomnia” wrong..  


Reflecting back on 2016

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Today, December 18 2016, I decided to reflect back on my year. It is not only the approach of 2017 that makes a good reason for this reflection but also, I am nearing the anniversary of my accident, December 2015. I have had strange experiences in life but this year by far was the most bizarre of all. It was like a movie that its story was unfolding as I…

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A Magical Night

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Never in my life or in my wildest dreams I could imagine that I will get so happy. I am simply overjoyed. Looking at the moon glistening over the rocks of mount San Jacinto, I do not feel that I am on the earth. I feel like I am on the moon. This moment is so surreal for me that I might as well be driving on the moon. I…


A Pinata for November 9

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Emotionally I have had a hard time adjusting to Pinata. The hitting of a figure with a stick with all your might did not sit comfortably with me. As years went by, I have settled my emotions as best as I could. The joy of kids running for candy or toy or whatever comes out of pinata has outgrown my personal beliefs. And today, this pinata movie made me think:…


Did life eat all my cakes?

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Snow Day in LA

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My nose was glued to the window many nights in winter time. Monitoring the street light to see if was snowing. Snowy days meant an unexpected off day. Very valuable especially when there was an exam or some other major event scheduled. I always felt bad for my kids that they will never experience snow day school closure. It never snows in LA. Until today, December 15th 2015. At 7:10…

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Visa Again?!

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Visa.  The word brings me cold sweat. As an Iranian, obtaining visa for any trip was part of the package. Turkey excluded. Reza Shah had made a deal with Turkey to waive the visa. Back in 1999, I traveled to multiple countries within 3 months to apply for US visa. Except for last one, I was painfully rejected for no apparent reason.  The last attempt granted me a single-entry student…