Oct. 20, 2012

Bullfight I attended in Mexico City in 2009. I will never go again. All praise to the bulls!

“Normal is Just a Dryer Setting: Living with Autism…” from Alexis Wineman, a young autistic woman who will be representing Montana in the Miss America contest in January.

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Ahmed and Bronson, CS hosts, La Condessa district, Mexico City, 2009.

Here’s a pic of my darling friends in the D.F. (District Federal). A wonderful married couple! Ahmed’s Mexican and Bronson’s from Minnesota.

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The Ayatollah Begs To Differ

A Los Angeles Times and Economist Best Book of the Year With a New Preface

The grandson of an eminent ayatollah and the son of an Iranian diplomat, journalist Hooman Majd is uniquely qualified to explain contemporary Iran’s complex and misunderstood culture to Western readers.

The Ayatollah Begs to Differ provides an intimate look at a paradoxical country that is both deeply religious and highly cosmopolitan, authoritarian yet informed by a history of democratic and reformist traditions. Majd offers an insightful tour of Iranian culture, introducing fascinating characters from all walks of life, including zealous government officials, tough female cab drivers, and open-minded, reformist ayatollahs. It’s an Iran that will surprise readers and challenge Western stereotypes.

Ont the street in Queretaro, Mexico on Christmas eve, 2009.

In his new preface, Majd discusses the Iranian mood during and after the June 2009 presidential election which set off the largest street protests since the revolution that brought the ayatollahs to power.

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Here’s what all I dreamed about last night undert a golden quilt at Jim’s safe, beautiful old house in Coral Gables, Florida:

new baby, world chaos, high-class restaurant job, alien contact, first flight (I was flying!), boy in a bar, old women’s restaurant, Sam (my grandson), my hand is all gross/burned/disfigured.

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