Fekadu W. Debebe |Cerritos, California| Dec 22'2017
California state University, Long Beach.
Fictional Meandering letter to my future grandchildren.
Closing my eyes and thinking more about how it will look like when I get older, I would say it will be very interesting. I think it is a blessing to reach to the last stage of the human life cycle because there are many people who didn’t make it to that stage. To my experience, aging shouldn’t be a worrying thought, rather it should be a sign of accomplishment in a long journey. It is really a best experience to dream about aging, it is like building a future model of myself or looking in to myself in virtual mirror or flying in a time machine. Now, I am imagining that I am 80 years young, but I am running out of time to finish all the works that I started when I was a teenager. Meanwhile, my grandchildren have been asking me to write about me and my life. Therefore, I will dispense the following meandering experiences to address what life has meant to me, the changes in my body over the years, and how wise I am based on my own delusions.
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Very few highlights on Ethiopian Easter:
Fekadu | Charleston, SC | April 07, 2015
In Ethiopia, Easter will be celebrated on April 12, 2015; a week after the Western Easter. “Fasika” is Ethiopian Easter that is celebrated in conjunction with the Orthodox Easter celebrations around the world. Ethiopian Easter follows a long 55-days fasting from meat or any dairy foods. On the Eve of the Easter holiday, Church services will be attended where Orthodox followers participate in a colorful service that is lit with candles. The Easter Eve church service starts around 6pm and ends around 3 a.m. that will be the end of Easter fasting. The following day, families and friends celebrate “Fasika,” Easter with special meals and drinks that mark the end of the long fast. “Doro wat,” a spicy chicken stew, is the most traditional food served in all households. Celebrations will continue for the following days, with an undeclared "second Easter" on the following weekend.
Chinua Achebe’s “Civil war”
Blog by: Fekadu Debebe| March 26, 2015| Charleston, SC
During my college English study, I came across with an African writer named Chinua Achebe who was a writer, professor, and critic. To me, Achebe is one of the most important writers for the modern African literature today. He wrote many Poet and novels during his lifetime. He is best known for his novel “Things Fall Apart.” For today, I will try to summarize one of his short stories “Civil Peace” written in 1971. In the future, I will try to blog more about him and his other works after I finish reading his literature and critics.
“Civil Peace” is a very interesting title for not heard of it before and we are used to hear civil war a lot but not “civil peace.” Achebe’s “Civil peace” set in the western Nigeria, was written right after the Nigerian civil war. The story circles around a hardworking Nigerian, Jonathan Iwegbu, his family, and the outcomes of the devastating civil war. Read more ....