Early on in my writing of what became DAUGHTERS OF SILENCE, I used to call up funeral homes under the guise of being a potential customer and ask them detailed questions about exhumations and body repatriations. … More Undercover Undertaker Writer Spy
Ethiopian coffee culture arrives in Toronto by way of the Rift Valley. … More Bu’na: The Soul of Coffee
I’m happy to share my latest article for Selamta, the in-flight magazine of Ethiopian Airlines. This one I did remotely, but it definitely brought up memories of visiting a tannery just outside Ethiopia. Let’s just say it was a nose-opening experience; the smell of curing leather lingers in my nostrils still. Good thing it all miraculously … More Something Beautiful From Ethiopia
This one’s on me. I’m happy to share my latest article for Selamta, the in-flight magazine of Ethiopian Airlines. For this assignment, I spent an afternoon being led to and fed in lesser known/much loved restaurants around Addis Ababa (one of which had one of the best ceiling art I’d ever seen, see below), all in … More Went/Saw/Ate/Wrote
Before this summer, my interest in skateboarding had been a brief phase dating back to junior high. … More Crush Course
Growing up in Addis, in a long ago time when injera was still made at home, the best part of injera day was at the end. … More Beyond Grandma’s Kitchen
The irony of this article (p.64-65), which I wrote for Selamta magazine, getting published in the middle of Abiy tsom season is not lost on me. Who said the Man Upstairs doesn’t have a sense of humour? I guess I’ll just consider it as something to hold me over until April 12. Having grown up with a steady … More Burger Irony
So, rather than me writing what I hope people want to know about re: the behind-the-scenes of Daughters of Silence, I asked my IG (Instagram) posse what they want to know. Here, the questions from near and far, and my responses, as well as a little behind-the-scenes action via YouTube. … More Some Asked, I Answered.
I was too young to know that every country had one of those – airlines, that is, and the pretty ladies that went along with them, not to mention the dashing pilots. I was too young to even know that there were such things as other countries. There was Ethiopia, that was that. That was the world. … More Follow the Smile
All I had to do was summarize a nearly 10 year creative and personal journey into ten minutes…I remembered to breathe, feel my feet on the ground and more or less the rest of my body above, and most of all to focus on what was going on at present, not what I would have to do minutes from now. … More Books & Bombs
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More Notes from the Canadian honey jar… #43: August 1, 2017 IDEA for setting: an Ethio soccer game week! (genesis of the story) The street busker, black contortionist in neon green leopard print bodysuit, who could fit himself into a box. Maybe I could use that…? Seems ripe for metaphor-izing. The giant statue of ‘American Gothic’. … More Prompts: August 2017
The days of the wedding. It was almost like a season. A season that will never return. We have nothing else to look back on. The other memories of the relationship belong to the couple alone. The wedding is the shared memory.
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I’m happy to announce that the podcast Hyphenation has a new episode out! Here is what ‘Fresh Daze’ has in store for your hungry ears: It’s a fine line between culture shock and “FOB” moments. What was confusing and painful in the moment– whether that’s mishaps of language, cuisine, hygiene, or social etiquette–becomes, in retrospect, … More New Hyphenation episode!
Breakups: like when your leg reactivates after it has fallen asleep. Who’d think that reawakening/coming alive/the blood returning would be so painful? … More Prompts: May 2017
More Notes from the Canadian honey jar… #55: Septemer 5, 2017 Certain moments in her life she’ll be eternally proud of: leaving that hotel room before he woke up (ESFNA), tiptoeing down the corridor holding her heels in her hand… That will go down in her personal history as a ‘flash of self-worth’ moment, one of … More Prompts: September 2017