Tag Archive: refugees

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

The boy who cried

Sitting around low tables in a building with no windows we were all focused on the brand-new markers, pencils and, not to mention, the pencil sharpeners. I gave each child a piece of paper and asked them to draw their homes before they fled from their villages, their country, and... Read More

January 2, 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

When words fail and talk seems empty

During my life, I have seldom been empty for words. In fact, words are my best friends and I have so many of them in my head all the time that I fear I annoy some of the people closest to me with them. However, this fall, I have found... Read More

December 5, 2016 1 Comment

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

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

The prince stood us up and the fishermen danced

I promised updates, and all you got was nothing. I was in Burma (that I have now started calling Myanmar because there are just so many other things to worry about than what to call a country). I thought I would write interesting and engaging travelogs daily. My ambitions that were... Read More

January 6, 2016 2 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

Thich Nhat Hanh and me

“To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love,” said Thich Nhat Hanh and I said ouch. Over the years I have done so much loving that I think I deserve champion status. I have loved cats (well, not so much) and dogs, kids, friends, neighbors, orphans,... Read More

November 20, 2015 6 Comments