Monthly Archives: June 2012

Who Said Cities Don’t Smell

I was born and raised in a small village east of the Bekaa valley in Lebanon. A friendly place where everyone was somehow related to everyone else. There were three schools in the village and the school I went to … Continue reading

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Are They Jealous

Why is it that the slightest obstacle throws us into a state of discomfort and despair? Why is that the slightest shift from our norm takes us back to all those times when we had failed or thought we had? … Continue reading

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Even Women Writers Are Not Spared

Continuing The Stinging Appetite of Writers and Did You Know … Bertrand Russell on Katherine Mansfield: “Her talk was marvelous, much better than her writing, especially when she was telling of things that she was going to write.” Alexander Woollcott … Continue reading

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Did You Know

Did you know that Ralph Waldo Emerson spoke of Tennyson as “a beautiful half of a poet.” Percy Bysshe Shelley of Wordsworth: “What a beastly and pitiful wretch that Wordsworth… I can compare him with no one but Simonides, that … Continue reading

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The Stinging Appetite Of Writers

Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a spouse, a friend, or even a stranger. What if the criticism comes from another writer? Writers like the rest of us are fascinated by other writers. They know how … Continue reading

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The Four Folds Of Sagging Middles

How many times did you read a nice book, but felt that something was missing from the book, that it could have been better somehow. The story was terrific, it wasn’t bogged down by the presence of too many unnecessary … Continue reading

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Culture Today

The world we live in today whether we like it or not is very much controlled by the internet. Children are growing up in a media-saturated world. Before even mastering their language skills they learn to master the art of … Continue reading

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They Are The Last Thing

From the day we are born and we start to live we pass through different stages. From childhood to youth to adolescence, to old age, we live the different phases of life. And as we transition from one phase to … Continue reading

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How To Make Writing Life As Guilt Free As Possible

I have always found the mechanics of writing fascinating, even before I started to write. Besides wanting to read the work of authors, I am interested to know about the more physical aspects of their writing process. Are they a … Continue reading

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Aha Moment

Was there a moment or moments in your life when you had a fundamental shift in thinking? A moment when you started to see things in a totally different way. An “AHA” moment, as Oprah calls it. As people, as … Continue reading

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