Saturday, November 30, 2013

My Life as a Turkey

"After a local farmer left a bowl of eggs on Joe Hutto’s front porch, his life was forever changed. Hutto, possessing a broad background in the natural sciences and an interest in imprinting young animals, incubated the eggs and waited for them to hatch. As the chicks emerged from their shells, they locked eyes with an unusual but dedicated mother. One man’s remarkable experience of raising a group of wild turkey hatchlings to adulthood."
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Noriko Ogawa

Monday, November 25, 2013


"I taught at a women’s college for nearly four decades, and as I said to my students, all I can tell you about mythology is what men have said and have experienced, and now women have to tell us from their point of view what the possibilities of the feminine future are. And it is a future—it’s as though the lift-off has taken place, it really has, there’s no doubt about it."

Joseph Campbell, Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Peace is possible

Peace is possible. We have to work on it.
Today is sunny in Evanston and "Hope" is warmth.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Andrea in Pain!

Andrea in Pain!
By Ezzat Goushegir
Andrea, looks at a small window!
Andrea tries to get up!


I was born in 1902
I never once went back to my birthplace
I don't like to turn back
at three I served as a pasha's grandson in Aleppo
at nineteen as a student at Moscow Communist University
at forty-nine I was back in Moscow as the Tcheka Party's guest
and I've been a poet since I was fourteen
some people know all about plants some about fish
I know separation

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Colorful Leaf

Colorful leaf. Like a painted hand.
By Ezzat G.

Monday, November 18, 2013


 “Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) said last week that he supports new Iran sanctions because there is no such thing as a "moderate" Iranian. Kirk says: "How do you define an Iranian moderate? An Iranian who is out of bullets and out of money.”

Previously, Kirk argued that "it is okay to take food from the mouths of [Iranian] citizens" and has actually laughed at concerns that sanctions hurt ordinary Iranians. According to Kirk, punishing the people of Iran is the point because they must be forced to choose whether they want to feed their families or "eat nuclear weapons."

We can't let Mark Kirk get away with this. Can you imagine any other community who would allow a sitting U.S. Senator to say these things, let alone enact them into policy? Kirk must face the backlash of the Iranian-American community and everyone who opposes such vile rhetoric and policies.

Will you pick up your phone, right now, and call Kirk's office at 202-224-2854 to leave this message? 

"I am disgusted by Senator Kirk's insulting language towards Iranians and his support for sanctions to punish the people of Iran. Senator Kirk should apologize for his comments and stop trying to kill diplomacy and push for war by passing new sanctions."

If we can get enough calls coming in, Kirk will be forced to think twice before ever insulting Iranians or calling for them to be punished again. Please make your call today and reply to this email to let us know so we can keep track of how many calls are placed. And please share this message with your friends and family to encourage them to call so we can put a stop to this nonsense.”

Jamal Abdi, NIAC

Sunday, November 17, 2013


Rainbow after the Storm.
Photo by Ezzat G.

Today after the Storm

Today after the Storm.
Photo by Ezzat G.

Pigeons at Davis Train Station

In a Cold Day in Davis Train Station in Evanston. Pigeons are curling up under the heat.
Photo by Ezzat G.

First Snow in Evanston

First Snow in Evanston.
By Ezzat G.

Saturday, November 16, 2013


Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
by: Langston Hughes

Thursday, November 14, 2013

I’m Not an Exceptionalist!

With extraordinary actors: Donna Fulks (equity actor), Rula Gardenier and Ruth Guerra
These pictures are taken with my iPhone during the rehearsal. 

My new play, “I’m Not an Exceptionalist!” was performed on October 29, 2013 at the AmericanTheatre Company, 10 x 10 Festival.

And amazing director: Azar Kazemi

I’m Not an Exceptionalist! is about an encounter between three women of three different backgrounds in a bus stop. It’s an intersection of commonality and conflicts.

The play raises this question: Why do some marginalized Pink Collar women who would think they could never break out of the pink-collar ghetto, put their hostilities on other races and working class immigrants while they are trapped by the same corporate organizations that exploit and control them? How would they find their common ground?

Diane.  S wrote: “The play was so wonderful. The actors were fabulous and the direction was remarkable.  After several days I can’t stop thinking about it! It’s not only deeply touching and human but so very funny.”


By Langston Hughes

Democracy will not come
Today, this year
Nor ever
Through compromise and fear.

I have as much right
As the other fellow has
To stand
On my two feet
And own the land.

I tire so of hearing people say,
Let things take their course.
Tomorrow is another day.
I do not need my freedom when I'm dead.
I cannot live on tomorrow's bread.

Is a strong seed
In a great need.

I live here, too.
I want freedom
Just as you.