July 4th: Free of the past. Safe in the future.

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Aatish Taseer, is “a London-born writer who never felt he truly belonged in the places he and his family were from: India, Pakistan, Britain. In America, finally, he feels free—and at home.”

As I recall my Green Card application experience, I get a similar rush of warmth for this country and its people who welcome me.  What a privilege it is to live and work here – my Home – and I’m grateful for it all.

Here’s an excerpt from Taseer’s wonderful essay: The Day I Got My Green Card. [Read more…]

Riding the 7 Train. And the Moscow Metro.

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I’m gripping the rubber handrail of the escalator that is creeping down, way down, into the bowels of the NYC subway system at 42nd and Grand Central, the second busiest station in the city. This, a ride down the shaft of a deep, underground coal mine. Black dust, airless and layered with noxious fumes. This, a visible symbol of America’s decay, its infrastructure crumbling.

There is no welcome mat out for the timid, or, for any bics: the acrophobics, the claustrophobics or the mysophobics. The incline is steep. The crowd thick and wary. The noise deafening. Even the Earth shivers from fright under Gotham when the trains rumble by.  Here, here. The richest city in the richest country in the world, and here we are. The Suits. The Homeless. The Helpless. The Pick-Pockets. The Cons. The Certifiable. And the Artists, the canaries in this coal mine – their instrument cases open, serenading the masses with Bach or Mendelssohn, a thin stream of light amid this train wreck (no pun intended).  Add the pungent stench of urine and this here is a petri dish of trouble.  Grade? A Dump.

I’m waiting for my cross-town train and the mind drifts back, way back.  [Read more…]

Tip of My Tongue


The Civil Wars is an American duo, composed of singer-songwriters Joy Williams and John Paul White. The two met during a Nashville, Tennessee songwriting session in 2008. After releasing a live performance album and a four song EP, their full-length album, Barton Hollow, was released in 2011. The band won the Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Folk Album in 2012.

If you liked this tune, you have to check out this best seller on Youtube: Poison & Wine (6,000,000 views)

Poison & Wine Album on iTunes

Bravo U.S.

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Canada is home.
Yet, like the older brother you look up to,
it was always bigger than life.
Its optimism.
Its vastness.
Its spirit.

I’ve been elsewhere.

Argentina. The middle class dream wasn’t a 4-bedroom home in the suburbs. It was sending your children to a college in the U.S. [Read more…]

UK has its first snowfall. A “dusting.” And is paralyzed.

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Source: Tweaked a Themetapicture.com post to make it PG rated.

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