my tortoise is trans…

November 2015: Oskar and René’s wedding “My tortoise is trans,” comments Tina. “She’s female actually,” explains Tina’s brother John. “But even though we’ve had the tortoise for more than...

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31 Aug, 2017

torrential rain on a global level…

Sehbar Sarwar
31 Aug, 2017

2008: Destruction after Hurricane Ike in our old Houston neighborhood In 2005, when Hurricane Rita hit the Gulf Coast, I wasn’t maintaining a blog. But the day we drove...

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22 Jun, 2017

reconnecting circles in a backyard…

Sehba Sarwar
22 Jun, 2017

November 2009: Audience members in my Houston backyard at a production I created, Honoring Dissent/Descent, to honor my father Dr. Mohammad Sarwar, and living activist Daniel Bustamante; photo by...

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07 May, 2017

assumptions…

07 May, 2017

I stand in the security line at Houston’s Hobby Airport behind a desi man, who is shorter than I am and wears glasses. As always, people are trying to...

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15 Jan, 2017

a saturday night virtual playdate…

Sehbar Sarwar
15 Jan, 2017

“I’m at 10:21 seconds,” calls out Minal. “I need to catch up—I’m at 10:24 seconds!” Minal’s friend’s voice ricochets from Minal’s video phone that’s propped up in front of...

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16 Nov, 2016

revisiting “home”…

Sehba Sarwar
16 Nov, 2016

Minal and I spend five days in Houston, where she couch-surfs at her friends’ homes, while I find refuge at my friend Jacsun’s house as I prepare for VBB’s...

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26 Oct, 2016

memory: a hatchback transformed…

Sehbar Sarwar
26 Oct, 2016

I step out to our street today and freeze at the sidewalk. In front of me rests a red Honda Civic Hatchback, identical to the first new car I...

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05 Oct, 2016

a whirlwind visit…

Sehba Sarwar
05 Oct, 2016

Our friend Oskar visits from Houston for just five days, and in the short amount of time that he is with us, we manage to visit a range of...

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i can’t find goat meat…

When making the rapid shift to Pasadena, I began a list of the replacements we’d have to uncover. And now that we’re here, the list has grown: Pediatrician General...

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dismantling helmut’s designer coffee table…

Sehba Sarwar

Packing and dismantling objects that we have collected for decades is more exhausting than I envisioned. In the past, I have either packed a suitcase and flown, or thrown...

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