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September 2, 2019

"The Zen of Doodles"

Leny M. Strobel

September 2019

After sharing her "doodles" from her Zentangle project, Eileen Tabios 

asked Leny M. Strobel some questions about her process:

EILEEN (ET): Please share the background to these doodles or sketches. How did you co...

July 17, 2019

Indigenous peoples do not believe the world is ending.
The world is changing, they say.
Even before the scientists named climate change
The shamans knew it
When they saw the snow caps melting
The earth quaking and tilting
Animals and birds leaving
The Ocean rising
They...

January 10, 2019

Note: I started writing this essay before The Firestorm that visited Sonoma and Napa Counties on October 8, 2017. It is the most devastating catastrophe in California history. We are all still in shock and will feel post-traumatic stress for a long time. We all know pe...

December 31, 2018

I haven’t been home to see you in five years. I used to go home every summer to conduct research, attend conferences, visit friends and family. On my last visit in 2013, something changed. I came away feeling angry, frustrated, and helpless — the traffic, the environme...

December 13, 2018

LENY MENDOZA STROBEL Engages

MURDER DEATH RESURRECTION: A Poetry Generator by Eileen R. Tabios

(Dos Madres Press, Loveland, OH, 2018)

Journaling with MDR Poetry

A gift of a Journal. A Poem with over a thousand lines. A gift published as a book: MURDER DEATH RESURRECTION (M...

October 20, 2018

Four Prose Poems by Leny M. Strobel

5.25.18

859     I forgot a girl singing forth her benedictions: May you never grow intimate with cold ashes and burlap. May you never feel tar and black feathers. May you know what I saw through… flames.

I’ve co...

October 11, 2018

A gift of a Journal.  A Poem with over a thousand lines. A gift published as a book: MURDER DEATH RESURRECTION (MDR) by Eileen R. Tabios.

Eileen’s promise: You can randomly choose however many lines and put them together to form a new poem. And if the poet is succe...

August 10, 2018

If the title of this piece hooked you, then I appreciate your curiosity.

If, like me, you are a non-indigenous person living outside of the Philippines and you feel your connection to a homeland is tenuous, how can there be a connection between the plight of Lumads/indi...

March 28, 2018

Yogi Monica Anderson

I've never joined a gym in my life. The ambience just never feels right to my Filipina sensibility. So, when I walked into Tone Fitness Studio in Santa Rosa, California a year ago, something felt different. The place is warm and inviting. I noticed...

May 21, 2017

Dear Eudocia,

Who knew that your name will be on our lips these days as we ponder your life as a “slave” to the Tizon family? 

What kind of a eulogy is this that stirs up our complacent ideas about servitude? 

We defend it with culture and history while forgiving Alex Tiz...

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