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 recently owned a tea shop on an island in Washington State, but I missed the sun so I moved to the desert in Southern California.

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Sausage Story: A Sidewalk Grilling

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Sausages sagged doggedly; your relishing gaze enticed. They hung from a gate in the heat of the tropics; nevertheless, your mouth watered. They were, after all, sausages. Dogs. They may even contain dog. Exotic. You were standing on the sidewalk trying to screw up the courage to order one when I came along and asked [...]

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Lamp & Squash

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I HAVE REWRITTEN "SPRINGING TO SUMMER". 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 more will undoubtedly follow. The cover is an original design; the full photograph featuring my Japanese lamp with [...]

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I Should Know

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1st place winner of Terri's December 2013 "Narrated by a Tree" competition.   Everyone knew she was going to do it; it wasn't a question of if but when. I bet on sooner rather than later. The unpalatable part for me, before the real trauma hit, was that slimy snake sliding all over my pristine bark. [...]

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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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Cuisine Scene: San Diego, California

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I remember Happy Hour in the 1970's when you could get a free hot buffet with your cheap drinks; well, as we know, those days, along with free airline food, are gone. In San Diego, though, I found a new Happy Hour scene with specials on drinks and food and extended hours, usually between 3 [...]

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Shock-head

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My entry for Terri's challange "Nothing shocks me. I'm a scientist" for which I earned Honorable Mention. I took the photo in Panama City (Panama, not Florida), and the dictionary definitions of "shock" are from The New Lexicon Webster's Dictionary, Danbury, CT, 1992. This is not to be read as an endorsement for a brand of unfiltered beer.   [...]

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Wot I Ate

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This work is my gastronomic autobiography. All photographs were taken by me except for the cover, which is a photo of me with refried beans exactly as they were served to me in a restaurant in Guatemala. 

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Does Teaching Exist?

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I wrote this essay in Japan in 1991 while "teaching" ESL. In the United States, there is some consensus that to fix the broken education system, we need to attract better teachers. But what if teaching doesn't exist? The cover is a photo of me, taken by one of my students, "teaching" English to 10th [...]

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