Our Words, Our Relevance

Today, I discovered or at least I remembered how much I love to talk to an audience. I find beauty in sharing information of value. To me, it is an empowering feeling when you are either presenting an idea, a product, a service, or you are even telling the world a personal story that your…

The Cutoff Point

I wonder if by the age of 40 we could really possibly have our entire lives mapped out before us. I personally don’t think it is possible, because believing so simply means that the things we learn in the one year before that point or the years following that point are useless.  However, society wants…

Homebound

For the last month, I had been at home recovering from a surgery. I have been stewing in my own laziness, so to speak. Sure, the time I have been off work was beyond my control, but let’s face it, we can easily get used to the laid back lifestyle. From someone who used to…

The Power of Perspectives

Let’s face it, most of us like the drama. We like to discuss our problems, to talk about our hardships, and to make it sound like we are always fighting some battle of some kind. We love it because it gives us the spotlight, it gives us attention, and it makes people stop and  ask…

Hard Shells (Fiction)

Layla signed the divorce papers, and with that the judge officially announced her divorced from her husband of three years. At first, a sense of relief overcame her, as this announcement marked the end of a long saga of verbal abuse and repetitive infidelity. Although the marriage had ended on this particular spring day in…

The Little Ones

My ten year- old niece the other day told us about her adventures at school. Her stories made me realize just how much the world has changed over the past few years.  She told us that in her class, there are a few girls who lead the rest of the group. They call themselves the…

Lines

One of the first things we learn in school is how to draw a line. We also learn at a very young age how to color inside the line, and as we grow older we study about wars that killed millions of people, and even civilizations that fell to the ground simply because nations crossed…

The Wives-Book Review

I started reading this book on a long flight. So, I can safely say that it was entertaining enough to keep me intrigued throughout the 10-hour journey and the five hour layover in the airport. I found it to be a light read. In fact I feel that its plot speaks directly to our human…

The Yuk of Failure

Today, I failed at a something I poured my time and energy into. I worked on it as much as I could and it just didn’t make it to success. I admit I cried a bit from my rage, as it was a feeling of rage meshed with a feeling of self doubt. I couldn’t…

Fueled (Fiction)

I was walking, walking as fast as I can to burn off as many calories as a one hour workout possibly could. My earphones were in my ears blasting the song list I really didn’t want anyone on the planet to know I had. Then cutting through the music, I heard my phone ring, I…

Force

I really did not want to get out of bed this morning, and if you live in Amman like me you would know why. One of the biggest challenges I face in winter is that of lifting the covers off of me, not to mention that moment when my feet hit the cold floor. In…

The Good Earth (Book Review)

I don’t even know how I found this book, but it was lying in our library at home. It looked old and tattered, and naturally it was old, as this novel was written in 1931. The copy I found in our home was clearly not a new edition. At the time I started reading it,…