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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..  

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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…

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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:…

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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…

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Petition: Don’t Let the House Pass Discriminatory Visa Waiver Bill | NIAC Action

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Donald Trump isn’t the President, but Congress appears to be legislating based on his advice. Donald Trump seems to not know that none of the people involved in any of the terrorist actions have been Iranian. They have all been from other origins. When is time to learn some Geography? Based on this proposed act:           H.R.158 revises the Visa Waiver Program – the program that enables citizens…

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Ignorance = Bliss @ Childbirth

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Reading this article about possible injuries at the time of natural delivery made me pause. Pause and lift my shirt to see the scar left of my c-sections. My tummy is big enough to hide the scar while I am sitting. It is not bad a scar by any means. It is mostly emotional rather than physical. The emotional struggle I went through at the time of childbirth. After 36…

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No More: One Nation, Under the Gun

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Why does a civilian need to have a gun? I have thought of a few scenarios. In some, there might be a way to remove guns from the picture. LAW ENFORCEMENT WORKERS My dad had a gun because of his job. He was the only person in all my life growing up that had a gun. I grew up in a metropolitan area so there were no hunters. The area was densely…

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Passage Through the World

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What attracted me to this piece were the photos. Amazing surreal pictures:   In the website introducing this program, we can read: “Musical forms and echoes of the Islamic culture and religion intersect with elements of the Christian culture and religion in an experience of genuine artistic and creative crossover, a real reverse shot to the echo of dramatic events of violence and intolerance that bring bloodshed to our days.”…