One of the more basic responsibilities of any government is to ensure the safety of its citizens. How many times has the American government failed to do this? How many more times will it fail? This could be me, or you. Words are never enough. They will never be enough. No single individual should have … Continue reading The Frightening Reality of the Tragedies of El Paso and Dayton
The studio Ghibli is known for its dynamic films that portray three dimensional characters that all overcome an essential problem in their life. The films themselves are timeless portrayals of courageousness, loss, and love. Miyazaki’s films are at once, fascinating and dynamic. The Ghibli exhibit is located in Inokashira Park in Mitaka, which is a … Continue reading A Trip Down Memory Lane – Studio Ghibli & Miyazaki Hayao
Learn about anyanwu, the igbo people’s Sun deity — eye of the sun.
The sun is one of the most universally revered objects in human history. Just about every culture on the planet honors it for all the different gifts that it brings to our planet, bringing both the light and heat that make life on our planet possible.
For one, our method of keeping time is based on it, as for the majority of human history, our clocks were sundials. Most of our modern calendars (including days of the week ala Sun-day), are based off it, and lot of our major holidays originally started as solar equinox or solstice celebrations (such as Easter and Christmas respectively). Even western astrology focuses on a person’s sun signs. Needless to say, our lives revolve around the sun…literally.
Amongst Ndi Igbo, the Sun was referred to as Anyanwu (An-yan-wew). This is a…
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Three Chapter Summary Chapter One Chapter one is stylistically written as a piece of prose that follows the birth of an Egyptian child. Child birth in Egypt was tied to the divine, and magic. To give birth, women squatted and stood on bricks, known as birthing bricks. After describing childbirth, she describes Egyptian art and … Continue reading Red Land, Black Land
Written 2014; edited 2019 Spies, Scandals & Sultans is an engaging translation of Ibrahim al Muwaylihi’s newspaper reports on the inner workings of the Ottoman Empire, and its relations with Egypt. Roger Allen, the translator, specializes in Arabic literature and is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Ibrahim al Muwaylihi wrote these articles in the … Continue reading Spies, Scandals & Sultans – Another Engaging Read
by Elizabeth Jane Timms I entered by your eyes, for your face wantedTo take me away, far away into the world that you were.The world that our love had made and given us.And I roamed your face, lifted your lids like an exploring child,Climbed onto your temples,Surveyed the world from your brow.Your face gave me … Continue reading Thoughts on a Photograph of You
by Mark Kodama photo credit: pixabay No More Hallelujahs is a beautiful and ruminative work of memory and emotion and of lost chances and hopes by poet Ann Christine Tabaka. It is her tenth book of poetry. Although at times melancholy, the twenty-one poems of the chapbook seem to me to be an honest and … Continue reading No More Hallelujahs
Reviewed by Mark Kodama I just finished reading the Inner Circle Writers’ Magazine’s debut edition released by Clarendon Publishing House in February, 2019. It is the best single magazine edition I have ever read on the craft of writing. The magazine was written by the Inner Circle Writers’ Group and edited by Grant P. Hudson. … Continue reading Short Story Lovers: the Inner Circle Writer’s February Magazine is Full of Fresh, Exciting Stories