By Susana (Whitmore) Franek
"... It was the spring of 1976, less than a year after Francisco Franco died, and Spain was able to breathe again. Fascist repression was lifting. The long-stifled language of Catalan once again echoed through the streets, in schools, in the media and in government. The environment was ripe for a belly dancer from California to start teaching and performing. ..."
By Monah Li
"...Over the years, I train myself to vomit without a noise. In public bathrooms, I sit all the way back on the seat and barf between my spread legs.
I’m envied for my slim figure. But the price I pay for this is steep:
By 45, I have full-blown osteoporosis. My teeth are replaced with implants, for the cost of two houses.
Relentless back-pain, constant fatigue and shame make me suicidal.
I pray for just one day of freedom, but I am stuck. ..."