Category Archives: Lebanon

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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The scorched mailbox


War does not determine who is right – only who is left. ~Bertrand Russell When you live in a war zone, and by chance you survive, you are destined to hold a piece of that war in your soul for the rest of your … 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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Do you speak Lebanese-ish?


Learning Arabic in Dubai My six-year-old munchkin is learning Arabic in school.  She sounds like a unique mix of Emirati and Armenian, which is not in itself bad had it existed, but I don’t think it does. Let’s just say … 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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It started on a Sunday


“War doesn’t determine who’s right – only who’s left.” Bertrand Russell Our Lebanese hell officially opened its doors on a nice spring Sunday afternoon. On a day like today, 37 years ago. The date became a milestone repeated in many … 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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If home had a sound


I know what it tastes like. Tabouleh I know what it smells like. Mediterranean Jasmin I know what it looks like. It hides behind my eyelids. I know what it feels like. A grandmother’s gentle embrace. But what it sounds … Continue reading

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The kid in us (continued)


I make it a habit to sit quietly and listen to kids talk. A wonderland of wisdom disguised as childish exchanges awaits us if we take the time to actually hear what our little people say. The way these young … Continue reading

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