Monday, April 30, 2012

It's quiet here in the Yakima Gulag. Mr. T. and I are getting along nicely. He is a very affectionate and kind man and a real delight. 
He has no vices. My other family members like him. 
I feel so grateful to be with someone who is good like him.

Sunday, April 29, 2012



Friday, April 27, 2012


An Admission:

Wednesday, April 25, 2012



Nije Dobro!


Both Bisset and McKenzie should totally be ashamed:

But they can't feel shame....

Sunday, April 22, 2012



I like his attitude to women! ت

Saturday, April 21, 2012


More 20 Years After:

These are essentially opinion pieces..


OK, I have figured out how to access comments:

Well, I have figured out comments! So someone, anyone send me a comment, please keep it clean and in one of the languages I can read, English, Irish, Spanish or B/S/C.


The New Blogger Set Up

The new set up is a hassle if you are working from a mobile device. I no longer use a desk-top, a lap-top or a net-book. It's been 100% mobile for some time now. It's easier for me to do in nearly every way. My main problem with the new set up is accessing comments and publishing them. I don't think that's good at all.
Long ago I had to go with comment moderation. Nearly all blogs discussing anything to do with the Balkans region are forced to make the choice between ludicrous flame-wars and comment moderation. Spam was also a factor. I am not here to be a spam-dump!
It's not like I get many comments in any case.
I know this blog is read many places. I know also that I really only have one regular commenter.
Anyway, bear with me please while I figure out the latest interface.

Thursday, April 19, 2012





Trial of Muslims accused of war crimes opens:

I guess they aren't covering how Simply Wonderful the E.U. has been for Greece:

Wednesday, April 18, 2012



Weather in The Yakima Gulag is very good. I have sad news on a personal note.

My father passed Easter Sunday. I only got the word last night.

He was close 90 years old and was at peace at the end, a friend was there to hold his hand. His sufferings are at an end. He was very ill with kidney disease.
It's a testament to the man's toughness that he survived so long on dialysis. He was very accepting of people's differences. He was a painter of some talent.
I remember him actually making some of the toys my sister and I played with, hobby-horses, toy swords, blocks and other things.
He was very into physical fitness. We kids were taken on frequent, long walks.
I am sure the fact my sister and I are basically sound had a lot to do with that.
He and my mother were also very into healthy diet. Again, I think it was very good for us.

R.I.P. Dad!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Nije Dobro!,0,454099.story

I think this decision is wrong, way wrong! The U.N. screwed the pooch, plain and simple. Why should they be off the hook?


Sad News:

A school bus went down a ravine,

The real surprise is it doesn't happen more often. Last time I was there the roads needed a lot of work.

The link I want is misbehaving...

I will try to get that one up later.

Commemoration of war dead by all 3 sides:

It's a small village, but sometimes things start small.

And an accused plotter goes on trial in NYC:

And since Idajevo isn't in business anymore:

Oh he would say that, wouldn't he?

Story of Bosnian Jews in the war:

^ the link I tried to get on the bus accident. They are lucky to be alive.

* on a personal note, nerdieness is a very important factor in relationships, probably right up there with religion and politics.
A non-nerd is not a match for a nerd! Fortunately, we are both nerds! ت
So if someone feels less than sleepy at some weird hour no offense is taken.
Mr. T and I are getting along nicely. We went to see my son last Saturday. One household member has an interesting collection of allergies, my son is diabetic, we're Muslim, I am lactose intolerant and Mr. T has no teeth. So we had gourmet Mac & cheese with halal cheese.
Mr. T. is a very sweet guy. I thank God we have each other.

Sunday, April 15, 2012




I:00 am in the Yakima Gulag and All is Well:

So I am trying something I could not get away with before, posting from my iPod, directly in the form for the purpose, as opposed to by email.
Yesterday Mr. T and I went to visit Ivan The Terrible, Ministry of Technology. He has moved back from his out of area residence, and brought his girl-friend and another friend. They live in a nearby town. They came to my Nikahand we got to go there for dinner, a little sword-play and bowling on the Wii.
Mr. T. watched the fun and relaxed. We ate a delicious dinner of steaks, and Mac 'n cheese made from scratch.
We about hated to go home. Mr. T. has been well received in the family because he is so sweet, and funny. Also he really is a very good guy.

It's fun visiting at my son's hhis household is very relaxed and calm. We all had a lovely time. Thinking of a mutually edible and enjoyable dinner was fun. I was the one with the basic winning idea. Mac n cheese from scratch is lovely stuff, especially with colorful, vegetable pasta and two kinds of cheese.

Thursday, April 12, 2012




Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Karađžić wants postponement :

Sniper Alley McDonalds:

And another book by Aleksander Hemon:



One of the beautiful customs of Easter in Eastern Europe is highly decorated eggs. All the designs have meanings which may have existed since people lived in caves. These lovely Pisanki are from Ukraine, but every nation of Eastern Europe has them.

(photo credit: The Guardian)

Monday, April 09, 2012


Women For Women:

I did not know an Iraqi-American started this great organization!

And a contrasting view:

There is some truth to this article.
It isn't all bad news in BiH.

Saturday, April 07, 2012


20 Years After:

Zlata Filipović

I have her book, and highly recommend it.

An interesting article:

And yeah, file under 'Hardly News At This Point'

I knew this when I was living in Bosnia...

Frequently I saw ads in the paper, some old guy with no living heirs would promise his land to any decent woman willing to marry and care for him in his last years.

After breaking up with the former S.O. I gave it thought. Serious thought. Mow I am glad I came back.

Friday, April 06, 2012


20 Years After:

Warning, some pictures are too sad.

And the child is father to the man:

I remember about the Angel of Mostar:

Travel anyone?

It has been a peaceful day here in the Yakima Gulag. Very quiet. I am resting next to Mr. T. We have had a nice day together.


20 Years After:


That sign could be in ANY good little shop in Sarajevo.

Except it's in St. Louis, MO...

Some worthwhile photos in here:

It wasn't awful, in fact it was kind of therapeutic...

On a personal note* those of you who read this blog may or may not care about things like

'What religion is Katja?'

'Is Katja married or single...itd etc.. Bla bla bla..

For those who do care, on my return from Bosnia and Hercegovina, I reverted to Islam. A lot of people say 'reverted' because we regard Islam as the original state of humans. I say reverted because I was Muslim at a young age, went away for a time and came back.
Recently a neighbor of mine, (we shall call him Mr. T. because we have to call him something...) let me know he really loves me. He is probably the nicest man I ever had the privilege of knowing. I did let him know I really liked him too, but Muslim ladies can't marry non Muslim men.
I asked if he would consider becoming Muslim also. I said, 'Take time to think it over. Ask me anything.'
Well a couple days later he said he would. So he took Shahada. We had a simple Muslim ceremony, attended by family and friends.

Mr. T. is a very kind, good man with no vices. We have been friends for some time. We share many interests, but we also are really different from each other. It's never too late for love. Life is short, and sometimes

Thursday, April 05, 2012


20 Years Ago Today:

I did not know how this war would change my own life...

Warning... Really intense pictures...

This one makes me cry:

Wednesday, April 04, 2012


Tadić Resigns:

Tuesday, April 03, 2012


The Destroyer of Vukpvar is Dead:

And as a woman, I have to love this story!

This article comes with good pictures:

Monday, April 02, 2012



Sorry, I think they do need to extrade this man.

Despite some stereotypes I can live without, not a bad article:

Sunday, April 01, 2012


20 Years Ago Today:

Beginning of the Bosnian War:

Comment from the Dijaspora:

And even though Roma, Jews, and other minorities have been a part of Bosnian life for as long asBosnia has existed, there are only three groups which can be president.

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