Mehrzad Karimabadi started writing poetry in the early 90′s and some of her poems have been published. She holds an MA in theater arts, a BFA in photography, and an AS in graphic design. Along with her sister, Shahrzad, the Karimabadi sisters have taken on the task of introducing and preserving the Persian culture among English-speaking children through a series of illustrated books: Shireen and Nousheen Children’s Books. Mehrzad is currently focusing on writing and photography. Follow the Karimabadi Sisters’ photography here: http://photography.karimabadis.com
by Tisay ng Mindanaw
My little boat in the river of my dreams
No bamboo poles, No paddles
But will ease and give comfort to my restless soul and heart
who’s longing for a long time to build and
recreate our dreams, our hopes for the future
Tisay, is a Mindanaon-Philippine (ATOR activist). ATOR means Community theatre artist, trainer , organizer/production manager and researcher who was shaped by her experience living in the oppressed communities. Her immersion with the indigenous peoples, youth/students ecunemical churches in the countryside in the countryside of Mindanao was to assist in the facilitation of a continuing dialogue of the Philippines Tri- Peoples (Christian, Muslims and Indigenous peoples) for justice, peace, gender equality among women, children and environment using theatre or popular education following Boal and Freire’s ideology to educate and to share their stories to the world way back in the 80′s. She has performed,collaborated and toured extensively locally and all over the Philippines and abroad – Great Britain, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, United States, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Sabah with Kaliwat Theatre Collective, Bagaylan Womens Theatre Collective, EDCADS Inc. and Sining Kambayoka under the auspices of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. She enjoys being a wife and a mom.
music, open your ears, listen, listen to all the sounds, voices, even silence.
i woke up one morning thinking of the letter ‘f’ not the expletive word but sort of feels like it. anyways, i thought of how the majority of the people living in the archipelago currently called the philippines with many spread throughout the world are called filipinos and yet the letter ‘f’ is not included in the original pilipino script, the baybayin, nor in the binisayan alphabet. i am also reminded of going to elementary school in the philippines where it was encouraged to speak english as opposed to one’s native tongue or else one would get a penalty fee of 1 centavo or the dreaded ruler from the nun/teacher. from recent travel back to indigenous gatherings in luzon, bisayas and mindanao, it is heartwarming to know that there are indigenous groups that still speak their native tongue and continue their traditions.
just random morning thoughts….
we need tools. got tools sitting in the dark somewhere in a toolbox unused? hiding somewhere in the garage? shed? closet? late spring cleaning time! we would love to have usable (various sizes from 6-10 inches): chisels, filers such as half round file, mill file, slim taper file, round file, rasps including half-round wood rasp, 4-way shoe rasp, steel brushes, clamps. we will bring life back to them and use them to build paddles/mini-paddles and in the future mini-bangkas. contact email@example.com for local oakland, california or nearby bay area cities only (unless you would be kind enough to ship it free).
‘to student leaders in hopes that they will continue to strive for excellence, service, and love’ written by Professor Alma M. Ouanesisouk Trinidad, “The Canoe of Social Justice” (Trinidad, 2013). Read to the PSU Academic Excellence Awardees on April 16, 2013. May you lead and serve with aloha. to our youth, our future leaders.