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by Linda Stein
I’m caught in an artistic state of transition. I didn’t plan it. It came slowly, over a period of 6-8 months, maybe more. I wasn’t aware of it happening. It took me by surprise.
Now, it’s become clearer to me: I have, indeed, been in a gestating/ incubating phase.
Artist in Transition
by Sahar Muradi
In eastern Afghanistan under the glow of an April sun and the sweet scent of orange blossoms, a small revolution begins. Six young women, ranging in age from 13 to 19, huddle in the basement office of a local civil society organization and brainstorm ideas for a play by women about women -- and for women.
Just a week earlier, they had taken their first theater workshop ever.
Welcome to Jalalabad, otherwise known as Jollywood. This is the home of Afghanistan’s burgeoning film industry. The myriad DVD shops downtown display titles such as “The Tailor’s Story,” “Faith,” -- and “Talk Show,” starring local Afghan men and just-over-the-border Pakistani women.
This is …
“Jollywood,” Afghanistan – Teenage Girls Create And Perform Their First Play
by Mary W. Quigley
On Monday evening, October 29, as super storm Sandy made landfall on Long Island, Laurie Nadel crouched in an attic crawlspace with her boyfriend and cat and watched as waves crashed through her one-story home. She saw her washing machine, furniture and clothes churn in more than four feet of water that destroyed her house and all its contents. "It was like being in the movie Titanic, watching a force of nature," says Dr. Nadel, a 64-year-old psychologist and journalist.
When the sun rose the next day, Dr. Nadel joined her neighbors on the barrier island of Long Beach to survey the damage. The force of the waves rushing through their homes had pushed their belongings …
AFTER HURRICANE SANDY: Long Beach Psychologist Copes And Helps Neighbors4 comment(s)
by Carol Clouse
In the surge of Sandy, I sat alone in my home in southeast Pennsylvania, and listened to the moans of the moon and the howling of the wind. Harmony and melody. My friends in Montana – where I also live – emailed me earlier that evening to say that they were having dinner with my boyfriend. I was on the east coast, and my friends in the west were worried. They expressed their concern to my boyfriend.
He told them that I would be fine. “Her house,” he said, “is built like a bunker.”
After Sandy: The Nature of Rebuilding From the Heart of an Architect
by The Editors
Merle Hoffman, President and CEO of Choices Women's Medical Center and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of On the Issues, was a recent guest on CUNY TV's Eldridge & Co.
Her conversation with host Ronnie Eldridge on New York's Channel 75 will air on the following dates: October 24th at 9am, 4pm, and 9pm, October 27th at 7pm, and October 28 at 11 a.m. You can also catch the discussion on the
Merle Hoffman on Eldrige & Co
by The Editors
Only a few more days to register for a course on "Writing on the Body." Registration closes October 2.
The course, capped at 20, is taught through the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. The institute was founded a year ago and is a collective of recently minted scholars who offer six-week discussion-based seminars on the academic topics they know and love.
Writing on the Body will be taught by Abby Kluchin at Singularity and Company in Dumbo. (18 Bridge Street). Class will be held from 7 to 9 pm on Thursdays for six weeks beginning October 4. Tuition fee is $315.
The body …
WRITING ON THE BODY AT THE BROOKLYN INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH
by Carol Jenkins
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