Roland Petrov

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Each type of school I went to was in a different country on a different continent: primary school in England, junior high in Ethiopia, high school in Lebanon, and university in the United States. I've been a legal resident of seven countries and have travelled in well over thirty. I taught English in Bolivia, Honduras, California, and Japan. I owned a tea shop on an island in Washington State, but I missed the sun so I moved to the desert in Southern California. All photos are taken by me or are of me.

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We Did It!

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We did it! With only two days left, we jottifers rose to the challenge to produce more (that's right, more!) than ten works to make Terri's latest challenge a success. For everyone who doubted Jottify, myself included, how do you like it now? Huh?!!!

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Autumn Canyon

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In the heat of a California summer we wait until just before the sun sets, I and my Shadow, for our evening walk, and today we walked to Base Line street which follows a famous earthquake fault. I enjoyed the flowering crepe myrtles, while Shadow sniffed shit like canines do, then suddenly to our left, a [...]

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Thoughts on Football Inspired by the World Cup

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Football, known in America as soccer, is a game played, not surprisingly, with the feet. American football, shockingly, is played with the hands. Naturally, my world cup football journal refers exclusively to the football that you play with your feet.

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Shorts

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This is a collection of my humorous short prose; all of these works are less than a thousand words in length. A version of Highballs & Siberian Bananas, no longer extant, won the Bernard Ashton Raborg Award, 1996. Shock-head was my entry for Terri’s “Nothing shocks me. I’m a scientist” challenge, 2013. I Should Know [...]

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iPhonus: With Kindness

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My entry for Terri's iPhonus challenge.

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Springtime Tea Trauma

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My parents were at work, I was on spring holiday, and my uncle was here. I was excited to show off my tea making skills and prepare a fine cup for him. When I was still seven, Grandma took me to a tearoom, and I saw this gorgeous book about tea with colorful photographs from exotic places; it was captivating, and I had [...]

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Lamp & Squash

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These poems were not written for my poetry club, nor are they haiku, tanka, shadorma, or any of the other specific styles I've dabbled with. These are my "other" poems, and I have paired each poem with an original photograph. The cover is an original design; the full photograph featuring my Japanese lamp with butternut squash [...]

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Gone South

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Mostly written here and there in internet cafes while on the road in Panama in 2013.  The cover is a photo I took of a metal sculpture in Casco Antiguo, the old town of Panama City.

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Tea Garden Tour

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From July 2009 to November 2011, my sister and I owned a tea store on historic Front Street in Coupeville, a quaint town on Whidbey Island in the state of Washington. We leased the old barber shop facing Penn Cove, with a lovely view of Mt Baker, and in the rear was this gem of a garden complete with [...]

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The Best Dishes of Panamanian Cuisine

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I found Panamanian cuisine to be the most varied and exciting cuisine in Central America, and my goal is to recreate the best dishes I ate in Panama and present them here.

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