In The Time of the Birthing Tree- a short story

By Nada Samih-Rotondo   London. May 1958 My mother was born under a lemon tree in the far end of my families’ orchard. Since the rest of Mama’s nine siblings were born there too, it became known in our family as the birthing tree.  I remember climbing the thin knobby branches as a child, racing …

I Used to Love Her…

I met this girl, when I was ten years old And what I loved most she had so much soul She was old school, when I was just a shorty Never knew throughout my life she would be there for me On the regular, not a church girl she was secular Not about the money, …

Bonds

(I wrote this piece as part of my 3 week summer institute with the Rhode Island Project in summer 2019 in response to a mural created in West Philly displaying quotes from detained migrants) ___________________________________________________________________________________________ My youngest is one year old and finally learned to sleep through the night. It took his brothers a little longer, but …

Free Palestine: Resilience and Connection

The words below were spoken at the Rhode Island Poor People's campaign event: Linking Racism and Poverty on the state house lawn May 21, 2018. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ The way I see it, everyone and everything is connected. That is why it comes as no surprise to me that Lemon trees, which can grow in nearly any …

Once upon a Time…

"Media are major industries, generating profits and employment, they provide us with most of our information about the political process, and they offer us ideas, images and representations (both factual and fiction) that inevitably shape our view of reality." (David Buckingham, Media Education) I immigrated to the United States in the fall of 1990.  Iraq …