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English Muse: Shokoofeh

Wednesday, April 8, 2009



A few days ago a message popped up on one of my posts from a lovely young woman named Shokoofeh in Tehran, Iran. I was so excited and intrigued: I love that there are women bloggers in Iran. It underscored, yet again, how we are all citizens of the world brought together on this amazing thing called the Internet.

Shokoofeh's blog, A New Simple Something!, is simply wonderful. She has Polaroids of her friends and family (like the one above.) And today she writes so beautifully about Iranian fashion designer Afshin Feiz who finds inspiration in the gorgeous words of Sufi poet Rumi.

Shokoofeh includes this snippet of a Rumi poem:

"In your light I learn how to love
In your beauty, how to make poems
You dance inside my chest
where no-one sees you
but sometimes I do
and that sight becomes this art"

It is truly art and love and poetry that unite us.


Blogger akka said...

She's beautiful!
I feel touched by her life through this one photo alone. As I feel touched by yours...

Thank you for continuing to weave...

April 8, 2009 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger Daisy said...

delightful ! I shall visit of course !

April 8, 2009 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger Micaela said...

i love her! :)she is the cutest isn't she? such a darling!

April 8, 2009 at 9:50 AM  
Anonymous P. said...

What a great find - I'm looking forward to exploring her blog. I'm really fascinated by Iran and would love to travel there.

April 8, 2009 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger GinaTricoteur said...

I love her blog. Her pictures are clear and bright.
I love your blog too English Muse...:)

April 8, 2009 at 10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! I am always amazed at the power of the internet and the places it reaches. We are all one! I feel so connected to people with a common goal all over the world!

April 8, 2009 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Roarclothing said...

thats so lovely. thanks for showing us that :)
xx jade

April 8, 2009 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger That writer chic... said...

Several years ago, a dear friend presented me with a book that was filled with poetry by Rumi. It has become one of my most cherished possessions.


April 8, 2009 at 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Charlotte said...

It's hard to go wrong when you say yes to love, art and poetry. Thanks for reminding us.

April 8, 2009 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Nicola said...

How wonderful :)

April 8, 2009 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger Viewtiful_Justin said...

I aore that blog! I shall be following it now! Thanks for opening my eyes to her.

April 8, 2009 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger littlesquidge said...

Wow thank google for making your blog a 'blog of note', such a beautiful blog, and so many linked blogs to explore.

Why doesn't everyone make their blogs as beautiful as yours?

April 8, 2009 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger THE PARIS HOUSE said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful blog with us. some of my most wonderful memories of of the middle east.. just gorgeous

April 8, 2009 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Char said...

a gorgeous share

April 8, 2009 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Charlie said...

Hi Tina, It is 1:59 AM and now it's my turn not to sleep..ahvey. I saw her the night you couldn't sleep, you reacted to her comment. I went to her blog and really enjoyed my visit. This is great, you have us interacting. In the year I have been blogging, never before. My hat is off to you my friend. Have a great day!

April 8, 2009 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

Thank you Charlie darling! I love you! Try to get some sleep! xo

April 8, 2009 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger Dionne said...

True how blogging is such a way to make us realize that we all so similar. Yes, poetry and prose are in all cultures and all nationalities, I love that it's often a bridge over all these 'gaps' of ocean.

April 8, 2009 at 4:09 PM  
Blogger Annabelle said...

Wow, I'm definitely going to visit her blog! When we see things on the news about Iran etc I automatically think a certain way about societal conventions, so it's so nice to see her breaking down this barrier!

P.S. Thanks for your comment! :-) Would love that email and to meet you would be great, yes in NYC in December, san fran in jan.

April 8, 2009 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger Penney said...

how wonderful and exciting for this woman and her family! For her to be able to communicate like this is on healthy, and so important.

April 8, 2009 at 6:53 PM  
Anonymous Tina Tarnoff said...

This is why I like it here so much! Interaction, communication, appreciation:), making the world smaller and friendlier.

April 8, 2009 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Michelle Melski said...

Who needs a room of one's own when we can have a webpage of our own! The world is growing up!

April 8, 2009 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger pinklotus said...

wow! thanks for introducing Shokoofeh to us! I love her blog as much as I love yours! Thanks again!

April 8, 2009 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger SHOKOOFEH said...

Oh my God!!!!

I'm absolutely shocked!!!! ... how can I say what I am feeling now... let me think for a moment...
{shocked}{surprised}{blessed}{flying high}{can't explain}{thankful}{so happy}!? and lots of more wonderful feelings!!!!
You made my day Tina! you really did!
thank you so much for dedicating the whole post to me! It was really nice, you brought me a lot of nice people with their nice and lovely notes and comments!!!

I really appreciate it Tina!!!

and thanks to everyone for visiting my blog. I'm so glad that many of you liked it! I'm so happy , so so happy to have great "friends" like you guys!!!


April 8, 2009 at 11:31 PM  
Anonymous Clumsy said...

Hi Shokoofeh... Salaam Khoobi.

Love your blog and the life you are sharing with us.


Tina, how's this for a coincidence... just last week I was going through facebook groups, looking at how many Noam Chomsky related groups there are (around 40+) and noticed a single one that seemed negative. I contacted the founder and it turned out to be a Physician in Tehran who has doubts about Chomsky's motivation. His english was not too good, but I think we at least taught each other a little something in the exchange.

April 9, 2009 at 12:59 AM  
Blogger The Cottage Cheese said...

Tina, thank you for introducing me to a beautiful new blog to follow!

April 9, 2009 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Penney said...

Such a lovely woman!!! How great to bring us all together Tina! Thank you..

June 22, 2009 at 4:27 AM  

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