Tag Archive: Purposeful living

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

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

God in the bumps

  God comes to you disguised as your life, said Paula D’Arcy. I read this today and it rung true. Long ago, as a small girl with pigtails, I thought of my future life as a straight line forward. There were neither bumps, potholes or sharp curves. Instead there was... Read More

September 29, 2016 2 Comments

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

To know how to love, start loving

Picasso, he said: “To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing,” when talking to a friend about how to get over creative block. Isabel Allende had similar sentiments when asked about how to keep writing when you don’t feel like it: Show up, show up and show up, is... Read More

September 13, 2016 Leave your thoughts

To be as free as I want to be

There are times I look at birds flying in the sky, carefree and brave, and wish I was them. I am not particularly fond of heights, but it is their freedom that I envy them. I used to think of freedom as freedom of expression, of speech and of religion.... Read More

August 23, 2016 2 Comments

Transformational love. It can suck.

  There are some basic truths to life: Everybody will get blisters. Love is overrated. No, this is better: Pimples are inevitable. Love hurts. Or, how about this one: All will have bad hair days. Love sucks. And then the ultimate: The blisters, the pimples and the bad hair days... Read More

April 28, 2016 3 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

My head is a circle

This is most likely not the case with you, but personally I feel like a cracked pot. It was appropriate when my daughter, then five, looked at me once and asked: “Mom, why do you have so many cracks in your face?” It wasn’t the most flattering thing anybody has... Read More

February 3, 2016 10 Comments

Creating a new gospel and justifying killing

Over the years I have made some Muslim friends. Some of them like spicy food. Some don’t. Some of them listen to rap, others to classical music. Some of them are good at the times tables. Some of them suck. Some of them are skinny, others are a bit meatier.... Read More

December 10, 2015 4 Comments