Barbara S

Beautiful Iraq #2
24 Feb 2017

Books from Banned Countries Part 2: Iraq

Click here to read “Books From Banned Countries Part I: Iran“ Some places have attained an almost mythical space within their communities. When the community is made of up of avid readers, specifically ones of Arabic literature, al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad is a popular hangout. Quite by chance, this piece will run

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Beutiful-Iran
15 Feb 2017

Books from Banned Countries Part 1: Iran

Enemy In Translation: Iran American’s aren’t known for their appreciation for foreign cultures. From certain states demanding that everyone speak English, to the lack of foreign films on streaming platforms. Most American’s are definitely nationalists when it comes to art. So, it should come as no surprise that books by foreign authors

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kissy
20 Dec 2016

How To Use Mistletoe Without Being A Creep

Ahhhhh, kissing under the mistletoe! You have it all planned: after partaking in some holiday cheer, you’ll maneuver your object of desire into the door frame where the familiar green twig with white is hangin (if it has red berries it’s Holly, not mistletoe), and you kiss the hell out of

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arguing-at-thanksgiving
23 Nov 2016

What to Argue About with Your Family this Holiday Season

This was supposed to be a light-hearted article about what to argue about with your family and friends through the holiday season now that there’s no need to argue about politics anymore. Well, so much for that. Realistically speaking, non-political discussions are fun, but when things really get going, they

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leonard-cohen-1960s
11 Nov 2016

5 Leonard Cohen Songs That Might Save Your Sanity

Seven years ago I was standing in the crowd under the arcades in St. Mark’s Square in Venice, waiting for the storm to pass. It was a warm August night and I don’t remember if rain had been forecast. The crowd grew restless, more rain could mean that Leonard Cohen,

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no selfie sticks
16 Sep 2016

Why Selfie Sticks Will Ruin Your Vacation & Your Life

There are occasions where a selfie stick would allow for a photo that cannot ever be taken again. I can vouch for that: I went to the city of Palmyra some time around the turn of the millennium and I was the only person there. Thus I have no picture

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sunita-williams
22 Jul 2016

5 Slovenians in the US who are NOT Melania Trump

That wasn’t very pleasant. You see, I am a Slovenian, and for 72 hours after Melania Trump gave “her” speech at the convention barely an hour has gone by without some wiseass sending me a joke, an anecdote or a witty comment. Yes, I can see the funny side of

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