My battle against Covid19

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My oxygen level was at 60,
I felt as if I was going to have a stroke.
I saw death
I felt the demons, betting on my soul.
They circled me like hunger vultures
Then a friend called me and said,
“Fight back, don’t let them win. Just pray…


A Flashback of an American life

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Standing on the porch, across from the Blue Ribbon factory,
up on the Ave,
I am, free as a bird, watching the cars go by.
The rush hour crowd is put on pause, as it waits for the light at the corner to
change.

They seem so lonely,
But are trying…


How George Floyd’s death exposes the settler/native relationship between African Americans and the relationship between immigrant business owners.

Photo by Josh Hild on Unsplash

The death of George Floyd is really terrifying, but what is worst, is people watched it, filmed it, and did nothing. This is like a Turkish cartoon that I saw, where a couple sees a house on fire and the husband asks the wife, “Did you call the fire department…


You give me courage to write.

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For my small, but magnificent group of followers and editors, commenters and clappers. I just wanted to write a note of thanks. For those who gave me a boost by with your claps, your highlights, and especially your comments, I must say a long overdue, Thank You ❤. …


Me, laughing as always

I guess you can tell from my picture that I am …… fill in the blanks. It’s ok. I don’t mind. Now, let me tell you the real deal.

I didn’t drink coffee until I was 26 years old, I am a mother of two girls and two boys. I…


American Traditions and Culture

Miss Leola and Sister Gail: Love Keepers of the Gullah Heritage. Read more and find out how you can get your very own piece of Gullah traditional art

Photoc credit: Gail Wright of DesmareonandFamily on Etsy

It was a cold, crisp, Saturday morning. As we entered the foyer of the Waverly, then, we stopped, looked at each other, and smiled in awe.

Forget about the red carpet-this was dyed in Black.

The women standing in front of us were fine and fabulous. They were all done…


FAMILY LOVE

My childhood was full of love, it not only held me together; it still sustains me even today

A Victorian two story house, painted white with brown trim. With trees with autumn colors in the background. Photo Credit, Google Maps 2021
Photo: Google Maps 2021

I had the idea to write this even before I read, “Black Love is Not Dead,” by Q U I N T E S S A, as a continuation of my homework for the tackling writers’ block, workshop given by Jolie A. Doggett. Yet, it was her piece that got…


What I learned on how to get unblocked and writing about all sorts of stuff.

I do a lot of things to avoid writing. I watch movies, clean the house, lay around, stare at my phone until my eyes have gone square, etc. etc. I am sure you do too.

Com’on, be honest.

Where Did My Idea Go?

It happens to everyone.

You get an idea and puff, it’s gone…


Books, Research, and the Internet

The Internet is creating dangerously ignorant masses

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Blacks Owned Slaves

“Black people owned White slaves in 17th century America, all races lived together in harmony.” — Will Shetterly

I asked how does this matters today, but I didn’t get a clear answer. …


This poem is a search for those Istanbulians, who used to care.

Dear heart, where are you? l miss your smile.

Your hand holding my, saying, “Let me help. you.” I miss the lovely pet names you used to call me;

Canım Kardeş, Beloved Sister. My friend, My darling…❤️

How I long to hear your stories, what happened today, yesterday, last week.

Maryam Ismail

Mom. Writer. Journalist. Pizzamaker. maryam@journalist.com

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