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…

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 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…

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…

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…

Book review- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Let me start by saying that I dislike self-help books. If you regularly read my posts you would know that I don’t like any book that promises me a great life simply by smiling and believing that everything will turn out ok or by saying certain words or acting a certain way. Whether we like…

Hidden Greatness

A few weeks ago, while I was on one of my bookstore trips, I came across a book titled “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck”. Naturally, the cynical side of me found the title intriguing, although I was never really a fan of self help books. In fact, I never picked up a…

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….