Category Archives: immigration

USEFUL CANADIANS

-“Why don’t you go faster?” chirped the Golden Boy, exasperated by our slow crawl on the snowy roads. Ever the obliging mom, despite my better judgement, I press slightly on the gas pedal, nudging the speedometer up from 25 to

USEFUL CANADIANS

-“Why don’t you go faster?” chirped the Golden Boy, exasperated by our slow crawl on the snowy roads. Ever the obliging mom, despite my better judgement, I press slightly on the gas pedal, nudging the speedometer up from 25 to

BAD MUSIC VIDEOS, GOOD MUSIC

Some time in the early nineties, as MTV swung into its glorious heyday, out in the suburbs of Tehran, my mother had an epiphany: “I heard some music- I wasn’t watching the video- and I thought, what a lovely tune,

BAD MUSIC VIDEOS, GOOD MUSIC

Some time in the early nineties, as MTV swung into its glorious heyday, out in the suburbs of Tehran, my mother had an epiphany: “I heard some music- I wasn’t watching the video- and I thought, what a lovely tune,

ATHEISM IN THE SCHOOL YARD

The school year has barely started, and I already have heard of three “incidents” of the clash of the irreligious and the religious on the school playground. “Mary”, one of the princess’s bffs, screams: “If you guys REALLY BELIEVE we

ATHEISM IN THE SCHOOL YARD

The school year has barely started, and I already have heard of three “incidents” of the clash of the irreligious and the religious on the school playground. “Mary”, one of the princess’s bffs, screams: “If you guys REALLY BELIEVE we

THE IRANIAN CONNECTION

The princess met up with a bunch of Iranian bloggers, accompanied by blogger family members. Dressed in a tight short scarlet manteau, bright orange leggings, tan gladiator sandals decorated with metal orange and tan flowers, a long flowy neon yellow-green

THE IRANIAN CONNECTION

The princess met up with a bunch of Iranian bloggers, accompanied by blogger family members. Dressed in a tight short scarlet manteau, bright orange leggings, tan gladiator sandals decorated with metal orange and tan flowers, a long flowy neon yellow-green

SPIT IN THE SKY

…and your spit will land right back- splat! in your face. I believe the closest English equivalent of this graphic Farsi proverb is “cutting off your nose to spite your face”- but this has an unpleasant and unnecessary violence which

SPIT IN THE SKY

…and your spit will land right back- splat! in your face. I believe the closest English equivalent of this graphic Farsi proverb is “cutting off your nose to spite your face”- but this has an unpleasant and unnecessary violence which

SWIMMING THE NEW YEAR AWAY

There is a picture of us from the first Persian New Year we were in Halifax, many, many, many years ago. We are sitting round a sofreh, a length of traditional Iranian plastic spread on the floor. A bunch of

SWIMMING THE NEW YEAR AWAY

There is a picture of us from the first Persian New Year we were in Halifax, many, many, many years ago. We are sitting round a sofreh, a length of traditional Iranian plastic spread on the floor. A bunch of

NEVER COMPLAIN

Content. Satisfied. Not wanting more. These are virtues in Iranian / Islamic culture: you should never complain, you should be satisfied with what you have, you should be grateful. These are the hallmarks of a good Moslem. Shaaker. Ghan’ee. Raazi.

NEVER COMPLAIN

Content. Satisfied. Not wanting more. These are virtues in Iranian / Islamic culture: you should never complain, you should be satisfied with what you have, you should be grateful. These are the hallmarks of a good Moslem. Shaaker. Ghan’ee. Raazi.