WAR AND PTSD

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In this excerpt from A Beirut Heart: One Woman’s War I address the issue of PTSD. While its symptoms can be treated and lives seemingly return to normal, war never leaves you

When my husband left Beirut to attend a medical conference in Boston he insisted the children and I move from our dangerous neighborhood to the relative safely of my sister-in-law’s apartment. When the fighting stopped the children and I returned home. I thought we had handled this latest round of fighting quite well. So when classes resumed I was surprised when Nayla refused to get out of bed.

“I can’t go to school, Mommy,” she said. “Please don’t force me to go.”

“Okay, darling, you can stay home today but…”

“No, Mommy, you don’t understand,” and she began to cry. “I can’t go back there again, ever.”

After she had fallen back to sleep I called my husband…

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Inheritance

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She looked up when I walked in. Bruises lined her face, her swollen eye; cracked lip. She’d been crying. I didn’t know how long but could only imagine. She huddled protectively over our son. I walked over to them both and reached out to stroke her once lovely blonde hair but she shrank from my touch. My heart ached at the sight.

My son looked up at me and I was transported back to when I was his age and I had looked at my father with the same innocence and fear. My father had been a violent drunk. We’d paid the price.

I tried again to touch her and this time she allowed the contact, though a shiver ran through her body. She turned and looked into my eyes and started to cry. Pulling her close, I stroked her tangled and matted hair. My throat was dry. My voice…

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How to Forgive Yourself [For Not Writing]

A young writer comes to understand the real world of being an author. We are proud!

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Arrives around midnight, an itch on the inside of the skull. A nag– a voice of a friend or professor, perhaps editor if you’re lucky. “You should be writing.”

So you drag your sorry corpse from the sheets and sit before a blank screen, fingers poised. Wait, you need to drink something, not anything too caffeinated. You still must work tomorrow, the “real work,” whatever that means; you feel less as if you’re producing anything there than spinning your wheels, making enough money to rent an apartment where you may write. Where you may store the books you buy and never read, neglected friends forlorn on the shelf. But of course it is past midnight, and the story or the novel or the poem remains unfinished. An aching empty, a white space suggesting brilliance but yielding nothing.

David Foster Wallace once said, “If your fidelity to perfectionism is too…

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DILLARD UNIVERSITY SELECTED FOR $1 MILLION GRANT FROM UNCF TO IMPROVE JOB OUTCOMES FOR GRADUATES

DU does it again.

DU ALUMNI NEWS

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NEW ORLEANS – Dillard University is pleased to announce it is among 24 institutionsselected to receive a UNCF® Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) implementation grant.  Made possible through a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., and will work with these select Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) to improve job placement outcomes for their graduates.

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Call for Papers: International Conference on Stuart Hall

Wish I could make this. Rotary World coming to Atlanta.

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“Whither the Caribbean? Stuart Hall’s Intellectual Legacy,” the 2017 Stuart Hall Conference will take place June 1-3, 2017, at the University of the West Indies-Mona, in Kingston, Jamaica. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2017. [Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.]

Call for Papers: The Institute of Caribbean Studies and Reggae Studies Unit in association with the Stuart Hall Foundation and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus invite proposals for papers in Cultural Studies or related fields for the 2017 Stuart Hall Conference under the theme ” Whither the Caribbean?: Stuart Hall’s Intellectual Legacy” .

Jamaican-born Stuart Hall can best be described as a cultural theorist and master intellectual. Hall is one of the founding fathers of the Birmingham School of Cultural Studies and by extension is credited, along with his contemporaries, for the genesis of the field of Cultural Studies. While other West Indian…

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Review for Street Performer Playing a Broken Violin

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At first, I found his rendition of “When the Saints Come Marching In” endearing, until I heard the same rendition, scratched out-of-tune against the violin’s abused strings, for the sixth time. He stands on the corner of Wentworth and King, battered case lying at his feet. I, of course, have witnessed street performances from around the world—the immigrant’s trumpet bellows in a walking tunnel in Tuebingen, the one-arm man’s accordion finesse in the city square of Krakow, the instrument-less lament of a Cuban opera singer at Havana’s rum-washed Malecon—and the man in Charleston, SC is not up to snuff.His repertoire is obviously lacking: he shifts between Charlie Brown and other pop standards before reverting back inevitably to “When the Saints Come Marching In.”

Although performing these songs on a broken violin seemed at first avant garde, a stab to establish an atonal surprise for the passerby listeners– the venue itself…

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Tango Isn’t for Everyone

When someone expresses an interest in learning tango, I often hesitate. I know tango looks fun, sexy and beautiful, but it can be a serious commitment. It’s a hardcore pursuit. Yes, some peop…

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