Plasticity of Me

Our plasticity lies in our ability to recognize that our varied interests are not a weakness or the lack of focus, but rather a unique ability to dissect the world in its multiple, multi-colored and beautiful parts, all independent in each other, yet fitting like puzzle pieces to create a bigger picture

Bosnian in Taiwan

My sleepy eyes and my tussled hair might have been why the attendant looks at me suspiciously and why she pulls out a loop to closely examine my passport. After about five minutes and the second attendant who comes over to help with the examination of this strange passport I ask, “ Do you get many Bosnian visitors?” The attendant looks at me and laughing says, “No, we don’t get any Bosnian visitors.”

What Gettysburg Speech Means to an Immigrant

We, the new immigrants and the descendants, together, must show unity. We must honor and respect those who died to defend the union and the freedom for which it stood. And as the late president Lincoln so eloquently put, “from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they have the last full measure of devotion-That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - That this nation under god shall have a new birth of freedom-And that government of the people by the people for the people shall not perish from earth”  

American Village

Families do not live in close-nit communities anymore. There are no more aunts, friends, grandmothers who can take care of the sick babies or pick up slack when a mother or a father is feeling under the weather. Villages do not raise children anymore.

Call me a Communist

 My work colleague (who is a hard core Republican married to a German lady) used to call me “commie”, a somewhat endearing term that he always used when teasing me about my childhood spent growing up in socialist Yugoslavia

Rant of a Rabid Dog

I wake up from my daze, staring at the computer with the news flashing in front of me. I am a rabid dog, an inferior creature that does not deserve happiness and the life in my small New England town