(of course) has started publishing Riverbend's blog, describing the experiences of an educated Iraqi woman, from a family mixed both in terms of being Sunni and Shia and religiously liberal and conservative, living in Baghdad.
In a small piece of criminal negligence, the Gruadnia (inside joke)left off the header of her blog, and so I add it here:
... I'll meet you 'round the bend my friend, where hearts can heal and souls can mend...
Amen to that, dear one.
Excerpt, June 18th: "I could see the tip of Abu Maan's cigarette glowing in the yard next door. I pointed to it with the words, "Abu Maan can't sleep, either ..."
E grunted, "It's probably Maan." I stood staring at him like he was half-wild - or maybe talking in his sleep. Maan is only 13 ... how can he be smoking?
"He's only 13." I stated.
"Is anyone only 13 any more?" he asked.
I mulled this remark over. No, no one is 13 any more. No one is 24 any more ... everyone is 85 and I think I might be 105."
I know what you mean, River. I know what you mean.