Part 2: Compliments, offenses and ironies In Albania, we have colorful ways of describing people – generally those we do not like or respect. In the expressions below, you’ll see how sarcasm plays an enormous role in our communication with one another. To borrow a nice expression from English, we don’t bite our tongues when it comes to judging people’s faults of character. Derr me … Continue reading Best Albanian Expressions
Part 1: Words of wisdom (Fjalë të urta) Cover images: Prints by Coco de Paris I find the specific expressions of each different country fascinating, no less for their humor – the inherent kind but also the kind of humor caused by their literal translations – than the fact that they so simply grasp the culture, mindset, spirit of an entire nation. There’s no gray areas and not … Continue reading Best Albanian expressions
Thinking of “Departures of love, death, and birds” I was reminded of three of my favorite poems by three American writers. In the end, I have added one of my favorite poems about seagulls from a great Albanian poet, Dritero Agolli, and my modest translation. The cover image is “Hierarchical Birds” by Mark Rothko. Caged Bird BY MAYA ANGELOU A free bird leaps on the … Continue reading Four poems with bird symbolism by Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Dritëro Agolli
I ran into the following video by chance a few days ago. Equal parts interpretive dance, performance art, and painting, needless to say it caught my eye immediately. Continue reading "Watch, Listen, Move"