Category Archives: Philosophy

It’s been long…

“It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.” ― John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. “Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, … Continue reading

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You can’t afford to miss this movie

Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people. Gibran Khalil Gibran Friends who were visiting in November suggested I watch a movie called ‘Searching for … Continue reading

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The soda fountain of youth

“Do we all have to die?” my six-year-old asked me as I was putting her pyjamas on last night. Taken aback, I had to think fast and finally replied: “People usually die when they’re old. At the end of their … Continue reading

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Foggy sandstorm

A number of consecutive sandstorms has hit the UAE recently. Low-lying fog filled with suspended sand and dust everywhere you look. I was driving back from Abu Dhabi when it hit. It made the memories flood back. The first time … Continue reading

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Happiness to go

What does it take to be happy?  A combination of peace of mind, stability, security, health, family, friends, comfort, helping others, fame, fortune, and a good prospect of a successful future would seem like a good formula. This week I … Continue reading

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A Lebanese Identity Crisis

  Check out this new Lebanese TV ad (link below) promoting ‘Lebanese Brew’ beer.  I would love to meet whoever came up with the concept for this campaign and slap them.  What in Heaven’s name are they trying to encourage … Continue reading

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Remedy a la Von Trapps

Remember that scene from the Sound of Music with the thunderstorm and the Von Trapp kids going to Maria’s room all frightened from the storm and the song she sang in that scene?  If you don’t know the scene for … Continue reading

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“Loyalty cannot be blueprinted. It cannot be produced on an assembly line. In fact, it cannot be manufactured at all, for its origin is the human heart-the center of self-respect and human dignity.”   “A jack of both sides, is … Continue reading

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Tayta (A reverie about my grandmother)

Tayta, Teta or Teyta to a Levantine is how we fondly call our grandmothers. Jiddo or Jiddi is the grandfather equivalent. I never knew either of my Jiddos, but I grew up with an official Tayta on call and a few auxiliary … Continue reading

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Hold that dream!

I have a little munchkin that often wakes me up at ungodly hours to complain about one of her disturbing dreams. Once she dreamt that our dog told her to relax and she freaked out because he could talk. This … Continue reading

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