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Mahmud Kianush

mahmag  •  31 January, 2006  •  Leave comment (0)

Mahmud Kianush
Iranian poet, writer, literary critic, translator, and the founder of children's poetry in Iran, with FREE extracts of Persian Poetry and Prose.

He walks through the forest


Happy Chinese New Year

mahmag2  •  29 January, 2006  •  Leave comment (0)

The Chinese new year is dates from as far back as 2600 BC during which the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the zodiac. The calendar is based off of the observations of the movement of the Sun, Moon, and the stars. The Zodiac is an astronomical sign, this is the year of the Dog starting January 29th 2006, but in the Chinese new year this is the year of 4703-4704. Find out your Zodiac sign here.

How to say Happy New Year in Cantonese:
Gung hay fat choy (a New Year greeting meaning, "May you become prosperous.")
Sun nien fai lok (meaning, "Happy new year")

In Mandarin: Xin nian yu kuai ('Happy New Year')

For more information about the traditions of the Chinese new year click here.

Chinese New Year

Readings in Your Town 2006

mahmag2  •  29 January, 2006  •  Leave comment (0)

Mahnaz Badihian by Ardeshir Mohases

From Zayandeh Rud to the Mississippi Readings in Your Town:

1- March 17, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
2- March 24, Borders, Glendale, CA
3- April 22 Barnes & Noble, Kenwood, Cincinnati, OH

Koroush Hamekhani : On your Dress

mahmag2  •  29 January, 2006  •  Leave comment (3)

On your Dress
Nnamdi Okonkow

I caress your dress,
And I feel your pulse beating.


Ardeshir Mohases - Iranian Caricature Artist

mahmag  •  25 January, 2006  •  Leave comment (4)

Ardeshir Mohases is one of Iran's most prolific modern artists and caricaturists. He started drawing when only a child; drawing the characters of his mother's bedtime stories. After recieving his degress in Law and Political Science from the University of Tehran, he continuted his interest in art and would later contribute to such publications as The New York Times, Harpers, Playboy, Jeune Afrique, Nation, Keyhan, Ettelaat, Ayandegan, Ferdousi.
Ardeshir Mohases


First Female President of Chile

mahmag  •  17 January, 2006  •  Leave comment (0)

michelle bachelet

A 54 year old self proclaimed agnostic, mother of three and divorcee with a medical speciatly in pediatrics does not sound like the ideal canidate for president of a religiously Roman catholic and socially conservative country such as Chile, but Michelle Bachelet became Chile's first elected female president.

Ario Mashayekhi

mahmag  •  14 January, 2006  •  Leave comment (3)

Paintings done by Iranian artist Ario Mashayekhi who now resides in Chicago, Illinois. Ario came to United States on December 23, 1978 and has since stayed. Ario studied fine arts, and he works professionally as a painter, sculptor, and actor. Visually, Ario represents the human condition through pain, sorrow, the struggle to survive, and the will to go beyond to promote the beauty of life.


Saki- mahnaz badihian

mahmag  •  10 January, 2006  •  Leave comment (3)

Mahnaz Badihian, poet

Saki complain:
For all this longing .
For the wounds sitting
In your heart.
For your lonely tears.
For all misunderstandings
Which cast thorns
In our hearts.


Louis Braille

mahmag  •  04 January, 2006  •  Leave comment (0)

The Story of Louis Braille

There was a time, not long ago, when most people thought that blind people could never learn to read. People thought that the only way to read was to look at words with your eyes.


Happy New Year

mahmag  •  31 December, 2005  •  Leave comment (0)

Happy New Year! Sal-e No Mobarak! Einen Guten Rutsch ins Neue Jahr ! Bonne Annee Nouvelle! Naya Saal Mubarak Ho! Naway Kaal De Umbarak Shaa! Prospero Ano! Antoum Salimoun! Xin Nian Kuai Le! Godt Nytt �r! Feliz Ano Novo! Kenourios Chronos! Felice Anno Nuovo! Newroz Pirozbe! Manigong Bagong Taon! Heri Za Mwaka Mpya! Nava Varsh Ki Haardik Shubh Kaamnaayen!

New Year

mahmag  •  29 December, 2005  •  Leave comment (2)

Not all countries celebrate New Year at the same time, nor in the same way. This is because people in different parts of the world use different calendars. Long ago, people divided time into days, months, and years. Some calendars are based on the movement of the moon, others are based on the position of the sun, while others are based on both the sun and the moon. All over the world, there are special beliefs about New Year.


Stephen Van Eck- The Forgotten Source

mahmag  •  21 December, 2005  •  Leave comment (0)

The Forgotten Source
By Stephen Van Eck


Harold Pinter , Nobel lecture 2005

mahmag  •  15 December, 2005  •  Leave comment (0)

Harold Pinter – Nobel Lecture
Art, Truth & Politics

In 1958 I wrote the following:



mahmag  •  07 December, 2005  •  Leave comment (0)

Beautifully stated:

As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't

supposed to ever let you down probably will. You will have your heart


Andrés Alfaro

mahmag  •  06 December, 2005  •  Leave comment (0)

Who will remember?

I think my problem is that I empathize too much
Your stomach hurt so I kissed it relentlessly;
But then we forgot.

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