Fasting and My IQ

When I was kid , one of the most popular cartoons showing on TV was “Popeye the Sailor Man” It told a story of  a sailor who was weak and defeated until he had his spinach. When he had his spinach he made wonders happen. One mouthful of spinach was enough for him to make…

The Human Emotion Factory

In a world where beauty is converted into an industry and where hair colors are no longer subject to normal pigmentation but rather to a color palette determined by the fashion moguls, it is no wonder that basic human emotions would soon follow suit. Now we don’t say that someone was rude but rather that…

The Human Sting

Dear Reader, This post has been sitting in my drafts since last Wednesday and I was not sure whether or not I should post it. It might be one of the most personal posts I have ever written in my life, but at times you do need to get personal. For months, I have been…

Tala’s Timing – A Story of Defining Moments Part Two

As she got up, he followed her. He was shocked at himself as to why he was so intrigued by her. He watched her from a distance as she took photos of  the budding flowers in the grass. After about fifteen minutes of silence, he  then walked up to her to talk , marking the start…

The Seven Women You See in Any Gathering

In every gathering in Amman be it a wedding a funeral , or a family dinner you are bound to find these seven female personas. No  gathering is ever complete without them. See how many you can identify. 1: The Event Manager: Now aside from the actual host or hostess, bride, groom , or family…

Things I Learned from Public Speaking

I joined Toastmasters many years ago for the sole purpose of socializing. I didn’t have any lofty goals or aspirations  to become a speaker, a motivator, or a trainer. I knew many of the other members  did have such goals, but not me. My job didn’t even require me to speak in public. I was…

Tala’s Timing –A story of defining moments part one

By Dana Shalabi It was a normal outing with friends but they were not her friends they were the friends of her cousin Maha. Tala only agreed to go out with her cousin in order to forget her own worries. After all, she was recovering from a broken heart, an engagement that ended badly. In…

Confrontations

A while ago, I placed a status on my Facebook page asking if people preferred getting a bad answer to their questions or no answer at all.  I found that out of the people who responded , most of them preferred no answer. I guess people, by nature, don’t like confrontation. A person would lie…

A Hunger for Power

“Put the chair back” shouted the man standing in the middle of the corridor  “Why?” asked the young lady “Because I said so!” he replied, while expecting that such a response grants him enough of a justification for his rudeness. The truth is that he did not even care about the chair being moved. He…

Where I’ve Been

I haven’t been writing for almost a week and that was due to two reasons one of which was beyond my control while the other was  of my own creation. You see, I was hit with a flu that till this day won’t go away but I was also hit with a heavier  wave of…