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
Dedicated to the clients I never had on Valentine’s Day. What is good for business is, unfortunately, bad for the soul. That is why they can hardly be combined. Inherently, one most definitely stomps on the other. My relationship with Valentine’s Day is complex, even slightly hypocritical. I have helped celebrate and spread the spirit of this senseless holiday more than your average person yet, I have … Continue reading My not so funny Valentine
Relating confirms with a simple exclamation mark. Learning leaves you with a proverbial question mark suspended on top of your head. Cover Image: “Girl Before A Mirror” by Pablo Picasso The moment the seeds of this essay were first planted was not too long ago, at a live concert, on the eve of a significant birthday. The one where one supposedly makes that transition from youth … Continue reading A relatable problem
Re-adaptive thoughts of a former emigre.
One vivid memory I have from my working days in America is customers walking by, stating something which to me seemed too personal to be spoken by strangers: “Smile! Why aren’t you smiling?” Continue reading "Why the angry face?"
“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome” Isaac Asimov In the East, birds depart. In the West, they return. This much I gathered, following a strange coincidence where I watched three films in two days, all heavy with symbolism about death and religion. Continue reading "Departures of love, death and birds"
When things are lost in translation, there is an implication not only on people’s lack of ability to literally and figuratively understand one other but their lack of desire as well. Continue reading "Nothing lost in “Lost in Translation”"