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I will not follow her example

  Politics are the activities associated with the governance of a country or an area. When I was 18 I thought those would be activities I could dedicate my life to. “Imagine being a prime minister,” I dreamed. “I could decide so much, and the world could become so much... Read More

September 20, 2017 Leave your thoughts

Empathy in a cold world

  It may be a form of coping mechanism. We trick ourselves into believing that other people’s pain can’t possibly be as painful as ours. As if I feel more when I cut myself on a knife than my neighbor does. Theoretically this may be true, because pain is hard... Read More

September 6, 2017 Leave your thoughts

The empty book of love

In going through the mess on my computer yesterday I found an intriguing folder. It was named The book of love. I couldn’t remember that I had ever written that book, so I opened it, naturally. Inside the folder was a document, also called The book of love. And the... Read More

April 9, 2017 Leave your thoughts

When Holocaust is understandable

This post I wrote a year ago and got more comments and views than any other post I have written. I thought then that the world was at an all-time low. I was wrong. With last week’s events, I think this needs to be said again:   ”How could they?”... Read More

January 29, 2017 1 Comment

Meeting Jesus in Aleppo

I have been thinking about Jesus. It is natural, since most of the Western world is getting ready to celebrate his birth. It is not so much Jesus at the shopping malls I have been thinking of. Not even Jesus in nicely polished churches on Christmas morning.  I have been... Read More

December 21, 2016 4 Comments

Grocery shopping on Hamra

My jog along the beach walkway downtown Beirut was over and I was walking back to our guesthouse. Suddenly I heard a small tap on my shoulder. I turned around and next to me was a small child, with long, a little matted hair, and very dirty clothes. She stretched... Read More

December 9, 2016 Leave your thoughts

How long is forever? Sometimes just a second*

Aimlessly scrolling down the newsfeed on Facebook looking for something to catch my eye is a waste of my life. As is regretting what I did yesterday or the choices I made last year. Spending my time and energy thinking and fretting about hurtful words that stung takes time and... Read More

September 22, 2016 2 Comments

A Wedged Bear in Great Tightness

The wisdom of Pooh comes to me in small drips every so often. “Would you read a Sustaining Book, such as would help and comfort a Wedged Bear in Great Tightness?” he humbly asked when he was stuck in Rabbit’s rabbit hole. And, the way I see it, he summarised... Read More

April 5, 2016 3 Comments

Traveling adventures

“So you are hungry and tired?” “Yes, very hungry and tired,” I replied to the kind-looking man in airport uniform. He was a little perplexed. “You are not leaving for four more hours so just go away for a while and come back at one o’clock.” I had arrived from... Read More

March 29, 2016 7 Comments

Suddenly I understand why Holocaust happened

”How could they?” I have been wondering while listening to lots of talks on the Holocaust. I have read books. I have seen movies. I have cried. I have wished that what I learned wasn’t true. People cannot be this evil. Had Hitler come on to the stage today, we would... Read More

February 29, 2016 6 Comments