So I enter Progressive Grounds café in the San Francisco Mission district for a reading from “Love, InshAllah, the Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women,” when a bird walks in. Not just any old bird, but a blue and gold macaw. It sits down, well, perches, on the top of a chair. His owner […]
Commentary, poetry and stories on different cultural events locally and internationally.
A drumming and dancing trip to the island of Roume in Guinea, West Africa turned up many surprises.
An afternoon in the Mission sings of cultural vitality, old and new.
Petra, Jordan: The descent into the valley that disguises the ancient town of Petra held no clue what historical and cultural intrigue I was about to discover. Stepping onto the path, the city of stone drew me into a corridor in the belly of “Jordan’s Grand Canyon” where striated rocks of rusty red, mauve and rose frame the walkway. I felt transported to an earlier era awash in spirits.
A poem about my experience at Born to Drum, a women’s drum camp for all levels, which takes place every July at Walker Creek Ranch in Petaluma, California. (Photo courtesy Afia Walking Tree)
A poetic reflection on the Mayan-guided healing ceremony of a dear friend. (Photo by John Kaine)