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We Need a Spiritual Revolution 

Last night history was stopped from being made. The people spoke and they chose Donald J. Trump as their next president of the United States of America. Who those people are and what the consequences of their actions will mean for all of us, we will find out in the next 4 years. But today … Continue reading

The Poetics of Linguistics

   “Every language belongs to a specific place. It can migrate, it can spread.” ponders full of contradiction Jhumpa Lahiri in her recent essay in The New Yorker about the power of linguistics. With only two short sentences making us both hopeless and hopeful, Lahiri braces the reader for what is to come: where do … Continue reading

Letter to The Young Inner Poet

Having returned from a writers’ program, the reminder to write something on this blog became imminent. And in doing so, it is fair to call it a note to self. But let’s get back to the writers’ program where days were long, nights full of meteoric showers, and souls…. well, inspired and perhaps happy. The … Continue reading

Mad Man – a Saga of Corporate America

Published on Elephant Journal on May 14, 2014 Let’s talk Mad Man, shall we? So far, the episode of two weeks ago has arguably been one of the juiciest. Don ventures to end the misery of unemployment—ultimately, his social status change and living a lie by not sharing the fact with his wife—and return to … Continue reading

Love is Love, is Love, is Love!

Ah, amore! Through the ages, humankind has gone to great lengths for it. For love, we have laughed and cried, dedicated timeless books and poems, composed mesmerizing music, gone to wars and died for, and no matter how big the heartbreak it always gave us courage to pick up the pieces and find purpose in … Continue reading

Living Light: on Love & Pain

Via Elephant Journal Some things never die. Whether it is a painting, a musical piece or a book, some works of art resist the test of time and humanity will forever cherish the unfortunate or fortunate circumstances that gave birth to such works. This is exactly how I feel about Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of … Continue reading

A Young Woman’s Tale of Claiming Sexuality

The recent release of Miley Cyrus’s new CD, Bangerz, continued to perpetuate the memory of her performance at the VMA Awards this past August. While reactions have been abundant, it is safe to say that morality has arguably been one of the underlying themes since most opinions have tapped into the implied moralistic rights and … Continue reading

Summer Time and the Art of Doing Nothing

Summer Time and the Art of Doing Nothing Via Manifest-StationYoga on July 29, 2013 I think I have always loved the Italian language. Having a BA in Italian language and literature makes this fact by no means a surprise. Growing up and watching RAI – one of the Italian TV channels – somewhat instilled in … Continue reading

Where Are You Going, Trayvon Martin?

Where Are You Going, Trayvon Martin? Via ElephantJournal on July 24, 2013 http://www.elephantjournal.com/2013/07/where-are-you-going-trayvon-martin-mirela-gegprifti/ The Zimmerman trial and the resulting verdict of finding him not guilty in the shooting of Trayvon Martin brought to mind a family anecdote. A few years ago, while chatting on the phone with my friend’s five-year-old son, he cheerfully shared stories … Continue reading

Belonging & Identity: Immigration & Terrorism in the 21st Century

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2013/07/belonging-identity-immigration-terrorism-in-the-21st-century-mirela-gegprifti/   Via elephant journal on July 7, 2013 By Mirela Gegprifti In a culture that is obsessed with immediacy, the idea of writing about the Tsarnaev brothers may seem too passè. And perhaps it is passé for those who have never been touched by the immigration process. But for the rest of us, we … Continue reading