Monthly Archives: June 2011

When You Touch It Right

Six months ago when my daughter suggested that I start a blog, I was so skeptical. “Me? A blog? I don’t know anything about blogs! I don’t know if I’ll be able to post an article every day.” “I’m sure … Continue reading

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Rendezvous With William Saroyan

“Well for God’s sake, what’s that lousy Armenian son of a bitch doing here?” stated Ernest Hemingway. The more I tried to hush him, the worse it got. Finally Saroyan’s companion… began to come back at Ernest. I am not … Continue reading

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Rendezvous With Robert Fisk

In December 10 2005, Robert Fisk was in Dubai for the signing of his book ‘The Great War For Civilization’ in the Jashanmal bookstore in Emirates Mall, the mall with the indoor ski slopes. I didn’t want to miss him … Continue reading

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Rendezvous With Paulo Coelho

In September 19 2005, Paulo Coelho came to Dubai to promote his book Zahir. For the first time in the twenty plus years that I lived there a writer had come to Dubai for a book signing. The book signing … Continue reading

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There Is No Such Thing As Normal

“The hardest thing in life to learn is which bridges to cross and which to burn.” David Russell Unfortunately most of us don’t realize that we have crossed the wrong bridge until it is too late. At some point in … Continue reading

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“Fight, fight. That Is Life.”

Oscar Wilde wrote: “Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” When I was young and still in school I was such an idealist. … Continue reading

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How Much Is Too Much?

During a recent conversation with my mother over the phone I told her I would try and pay them a visit even if it’s only for one week, just to see them, since my father is bedridden and my mom … Continue reading

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Hardest Way Of Earning A Living

When I was in high school in our village in the east of the Bekaa Valley, we learned Armenian, English and Arabic. Of all the essays we used to write in these languages, I loved to write in English the … Continue reading

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They Usually Have A Beginning That Never Stops Beginning

Steven Spielberg once said: “People have forgotten how to tell a story. Stories don’t have a middle or an end any more. They usually have a beginning that never stops beginning.” By definition a story is: An oral or written … Continue reading

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I Wish You All A Happy Bleeding

My son came to my room the other day while I was reading and said, “I am happy with the way I organized my library this time. I sorted my books out and arranged the shittiest all on one shelf … Continue reading

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