Monthly Archives: February 2017

Through the Winter

Long time no see! I’m just beginning to emerge from these turbulent, trying winter months, where project deadlines, the flu, and moving house all seemed to hit me at once. And in the midst of all the chaos, Trump issues his Muslim travel ban, and I discover that I, a greencard holder born in Iran, am included in this ban. I was warned that if I leave the US—my home since my family fled Iran in 1979—there would be no guarantee that I’d be able to return. Your first thought is “Meeeeee?!!!! A threat???!!!!” And then your fury + fear evolves into tears + self-pity and then ultimately to a more personal understanding of the millions of innocent people throughout history who have been targeted for their race, religion, sexual preference, etc, with no regard for who they are as individuals. And that famous Martin Niemoller quote that’s being tossed around quite a lot these days all of a sudden becomes more relevant to you than ever….. First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and … Read more