When Communication is Power

Last Wednesday, I saw the movie Invictus, with a group of friends, and what that movie did for me was reinforce my already strong belief in the power of communication and the force of inspiration. This is one feel-good movie that leaves you with many quotes to ponder on without being too deep to handle….

25 Minutes Late- A work of fiction

Creative challenge #2- Today the creative challenge was to write a story using every sense but sight. This is what I came up with. “Thank You” said the automated attendance system in its robotic tone. The doors clicked open, and Karma’s high heels patted the hard wooden floor leading to her desk.  She slipped a…

Laila

Cafes in Jordan are different. Everything about this country is different, but I’m not homesick. I have been here for 20 years and I’m still not homesick. When I first came to Jordan, I was a 20-year-old student learning Arabic. My original plan was to come to this country for a few months, learn Arabic,…

Losing It

For those of you who don’t know me personally, for years I have been talking about losing weight. But, for years, I have also been failing miserably at that pursuit. You see,  I am a recovering stress eater. If something stressed me out, I ate. Now, this would have been fine if I was not…

Are We Brainwashed ?

Do you know what I love about Toastmasters meetings? I love how you can always guarantee to hear someone say something interesting. I guess, this guarantee adheres to a simple theory related to group dynamics.  A room filled with over 30 individuals is bound to have someone in it who is capable of saying something…

Two Hours in La La Land

Last Wednesday I went to see the critically acclaimed musical, romantic, comedy “La La Land.” Like many women, I figured that the prospect of seeing Ryan Gosling and John Legend was not a bad idea.  As a person who enjoys the whole going to the cinema experience, I have learned that whether or not one…

The Best of Times and the Worst of Times!

“It was the best of times and the worst of times.” I guess this phrase by Charles Dickens pretty much sums up my summer last year. My life was not really in its best of shapes and it is from its challenges that this story begins. I think it is during the worst of times…

Seven Lessons I Learned While  Writing

This year marks the 16th year I have been writing. I knew I wanted to write since I was in 7th Grade and I have been lucky to make it happen.  I have been privileged to study English Literature by choice and I have been fortunate in my job hunts to always find work related…

The Full Spectrum

When I think of the last year, I feel many different emotions. Not all of those emotions come with the warm fuzzy hue of love and content. For some time, I was even unable to pinpoint if 2016 was really a good or bad year for me. While some things are good about it, others…