Whispers / šuškišagos

Mar 27, 2015 by

“The trees whisper secrets,” my mother said. “If you listen, they’ll tell you stories.” I spent hours...

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Shame / ladžavipe

Mar 9, 2015 by

“I’m ashamed,” daj would say randomly as she worked. I never understood what she meant. The divisions in my family,...

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A story: Three Sisters / jekh ...

Feb 20, 2015 by

A little girl asked me for a story this week, so I told her one my grandmother said, “a long time ago, even longer than you can...

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Performing Gypsy

Feb 13, 2015 by

Before Maami Babka would leave the house, she would meticulously cover her hair with a dikhlo – a beautiful red or orange...

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In the beginning was a word / ...

Feb 1, 2015 by

My grandfather told me that when the first Rom was eaten by a dragon, the sun cried and created the sea. My grandmother told me that...

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Old Songs, Old Women, Old Wine...

Jan 22, 2015 by

“Te miri daj merlas, mange nakazinlas, joj, de kajses romes te lav, joj, de se man pačiv dela” My grandmother’s...

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The Road / O Drom

Jan 11, 2015 by

The road holds a special place in my heart; a special magic that words just cannot hold. The truth is, though, there was nothing at...

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Religion / dévleskere láva

Dec 23, 2014 by

… Like stars in the sight of God… Religion is a very personal thing and for most Romani, it’s no different. Just as...

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Thanksgiving Ghost Tree / palj...

Dec 1, 2014 by

The holiday season for Romani – speaking from the personal perspective of my own family – is very different. We...

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Not That Kind

Nov 12, 2014 by

I was born into poverty. The aching hollowness of hunger; the hand-me-down clothes and too big shoes. Parents always working;...

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Remembering / pametlivo

Oct 10, 2014 by

I remember the first time I spoke out, the word “Holocaust” stumbling from my lips and falling heavily on the table in...

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Stories / Paramisa

Sep 29, 2014 by

Stories were woven into my life like threads in a well-worn blanket. Muted colours of the fields, forests, and hedgerows blended with...

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