Reconciling With Dubai

Maryam Wissam al Dabbagh writes about what it means to be from Dubai, and ponders the paradox of exile.  Do you remember how Dubai was? It’s a question I am often asked when the other person finds out that I was born and raised in this city. I cannot answer this question, like many others… Read more »

The House Allows One to Dream in Peace

“A house protects the dreamer,” writes Gaston Bachelard. Drawing on this idea, Sandell Morse recounts her travels to a house that protected Jews during the war, woven with her own memories of the yellow stucco house she grew up in. “Toute le monde, everyone, knew it was a Jewish house,” Monsieur Le Hech said, leading me out… Read more »

Night Cycling

Jalina Mhyana on the pleasures of  falling off a bike. “We followed a path toward the river, surprised by an abandoned cement bunker from WWII. Anyone could be living in there, hiding in there. I sped up past its black windows and rode blind over a fallen tree, lurched, and landed in a bed of stinging nettles with my… Read more »

Brian Blanchfield: On Tumbleweed

Blanchfield considers the place where tumbleweeds and visiting poets meet @ Guernica. Yesterday, a tumbleweed blew right up to my driver’s side door, at a stoplight, here in Tucson. Simpson westbound, turning onto the highway frontage road north. I was alone at the light. Two hours prior, a hard decision, I turned down the offer… Read more »

Adelheid Fischer: Walking the Darkness Home

Fischer considers what nature offers in the face of grief @ Design Observer. On August 6, 1905, Louie Muir, wife of the great conservationist John Muir, died of complications due to cancer. They had been married 24 years. Muir was devastated. Among those who sent condolences was President Theodore Roosevelt, who, just a few years… Read more »