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 Other Plan

Every year, in the month of December, most of us make elaborate plans for the year to come. We call them goals, resolutions, dreams, ambitions, or even hopes. On December 2018, I decided not to do that, instead I decided to just plan to be a better person in 2019. Now, three months into 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 Little Things

I remember when I was growing up, that not everything I wanted was available. After all, I grew up in a simpler time where not everyone had a credit card, and not everyone had a mobile phone. I grew up at time when weekly allowance meant exactly what the term implies, an allowance your parents…

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…

In 23 Days!

In 23 days, I’m officially not old or young. I grow a year older so that now I am no longer the bright-eyed fresh graduate who wants to start her career, nor am I the young twenty-something who wants to fall in love. I am not even the thirty-something who wants to make mistakes and…

A Rude Awakening

In the last year I have realized some pretty disturbing facts about the way I interact with others. I realized that I have given people more chances than they deserve and I have given more than I have received in many of my dealings. This fact hit me like a brick when last week I…

Meaning in the Machine

This is an Amman Writing Club Assignment also published here I wake up and I reach in the darkness for my phone. I mechanically flip through my notifications on Facebook. I know that part of me is seeking, hoping, and even yearning for something to strike my interest, but in my search I only see…

The Trouble With Indifference

People often say that they don’t have an opinion about a certain issue, or that they don’t want to get involved in an argument between people they know. They might also say that they will keep their opinions to themselves. While it is understandable that they make such statements as a means to avoid problems,…

Personality on Demand

I disappeared from my blog for a while, and yet I miss it. The truth is that I have been swamped with work. You see, I was on the organizing committee of a regional conference in my full time job, and that had to take priority over my love for writing and or public speaking….

Binging

Yesterday was a really cold day in Amman, the wind was howling, the rain was pouring, and the walls were even chilled in our house. It was one of these days that commanded will power for one to move from his or her seat, let alone  go out. So, after doing some work in the…

Resolutions

Tomorrow marks the last day of 2017, a time where many of us take a few moments to reflect on what we want to achieve in the 365 days to come. Some of us pull out the list of resolutions, and because we are especially hopeful at this festive time, we place everything we failed…