Illume Magazine Feature on the Boston Marathon

    Originally published here: It was a regular day at work on Patriot’s Day for Hamza Syed. Working in his office in the suburban town of Burlington, Mass., life was going at its typical Monday pace. About 18 miles away, in Copley Square, thousands of people had gathered to cheer on runners participating … More Illume Magazine Feature on the Boston Marathon

Close to Home…Again.

Marathon Monday — Patriot’s Day is a time when Boston’s streets are full of people. Commonwealth Avenue, the street I live on, is splashed with color and celebrations. The Boston Marathon, is the world’s oldest marathon and attracts about 500,000 spectators. It’s a holiday, and for this college town, that means a day away from the … More Close to Home…Again.

“Beyond the Ideas of Rightness or Wrongness”: Ambreen Butt

“Beyond the Ideas of Rightness or Wrongness”: Ambreen Butt By Maha Kamal A Pakistani artist with long, jet black hair works carefully in a suburban studio in Lexington, Massachusetts. Shades of ochre and maroon seem to come alive on one wall. On closer inspection, the colors are revealed to be a body of ants, representative … More “Beyond the Ideas of Rightness or Wrongness”: Ambreen Butt

Darkly Revisitations

Overcast, Feelings pitch black like velvety darkness Enshrouded, In a shimmering cloak of doubt Silence, Of questions unasked and unanswered. Hands, Cupped in an oblivion of prayer. A lull of slow midnight traffic waves, Ebbs and flows Dark recedes with the first kiss of dawn The Sun weaves threads of gold Sparks from the glow … More Darkly Revisitations

A Silent Melody

A Silent Melody Motes of melted gold, Through wisps of cotton candy, A splash of lilac and a whirl, On a cerulean canvas. Footsteps, and leaves – rust and dust And colors fading into gray… Enshrouded in intoxicating perfume Of the silent melody of Autumn dawns.

And it begins again…

“If Gone With the Wind has a theme it is that of survival. What makes some people come through catastrophes and others, apparently just as able, strong, and brave, go under? It happens in every upheaval. Some people survive; others don’t. What qualities are in those who fight their way through triumphantly that are lacking in those … More And it begins again…