Tag Archives: Dubai

Blessed To Be Valued As A Woman

“Sometimes I feel quite distinctly that what is inside me is not all of me. There is something else, sublime, quite indestructible, some tiny fragment of the Universal spirit. Don’t you feel that?” ― Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn I read a … Continue reading

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We Do What We Can We Give What We Have

“We work in the dark- we do what we can- we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.” Henry James Whenever I face a challenge … Continue reading

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It’s Been A Long Time

It’s a cold wintry morning here in Montreal. The temperatures have dropped to double digits below zero. Most of the time I am okay with it but sometimes it gets to me and I find it hard to continue without … 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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Because You Can’t

I have mentioned earlier that I lived in Dubai for a while with my late husband. Dubai is perhaps the most cosmopolitan city that I have lived in. People who come to work and live in Dubai come for a … Continue reading

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My Thoughts And Prayers

It’s early morning here in Montreal. The sun hasn’t come out yet. I didn’t sleep well last night and my head hurts a bit. I switch on my netbook. The internet is full of stories of the shooting at the … Continue reading

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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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Why Do We Write?

Decades earlier when I was working and living in Dubai, with a small group of friends we formed what was then the first writers’ circle. We were all expatriate women, coming from different cultural backgrounds with one thing in common, … Continue reading

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He Gave Me Christmas!

It’s that time of year when our hearts are filled with expectations and anxiety. We have lived to see yet another year pass by and no matter what we have been through we are once again filled with hope to … Continue reading

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Can’t You Read English?

In October 1988 Naguib Mahfouz, an Egyptian writer, won the Nobel Prize for literature. When I first heard the news I was ecstatic. “Finally. I told my husband. Now the rest of the world will know him and read his … Continue reading

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