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Living Life Backwards

I belong to the group of people who love books. Nothing brings me as much joy as receiving a book as a gift. Believe it or not, not even diamonds. That’s right, not even diamonds.   I love stationery, I … Continue reading

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I Wish I Had Listened!

“The grace to be a beginner is always the best prayer for an artist. The beginner’s humility and openness lead to exploration. Exploration leads to accomplishment. All of it begins at the beginning, with the first small scary step.” Julia … Continue reading

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Winning The Lottery

“There comes a time when you just stop trying. Deafening silence means something. When a lover- or an editor- doesn’t want you anymore, you have to move on.” R. Daniel Foster I don’t know about you but I have kind … Continue reading

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Unless You’re Drilling And Filling

Have you run out of ideas? Do you feel blocked? Do you feel that you should be writing more instead of talking about writing? Which is more important to you: writing, or being a writer? Do you like to get … Continue reading

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Lack Of Complaint

Today is the 16th of July. On the 16th of every month I become nervous and jittery. I try not to. But unconsciously, unknowingly, every month around this time I can’t stand myself. I try to busy myself with work. … Continue reading

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Making Life More Bearable

The other day I was reading a book about how to unblock your creative self. One of the tasks in the book was about collecting images of things or people or places you like or dream about and then making … Continue reading

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The Devil You Know!

There’s an old saying that goes, “The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know.” Aren’t Iraq, Egypt and Syria examples enough? Growing up in Lebanon, I studied Arabic literature in high school and later even took … Continue reading

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Hey! That’s My Story!

“I write fiction to tell the truth.” Pam Houston Last month on May 28 the world said goodbye to a great poet, a great writer, a great human being, an activist, a mentor and a phenomenal woman. Dr. Maya Angelou. … Continue reading

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What Can I Say

Once in a while I become doubtful about what I am doing in pursuing a dream that is perhaps not realistic or never going to happen. And of course as always I ask myself what’s the point. But then I … Continue reading

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Artistic Survival

The other day I heard myself say to a friend, “I lack discipline. I am being lazy, that’s all.” Those words (coming from me) sounded somewhat strange to my own ears. Because not long ago I had read in a … Continue reading

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