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…

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…

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…

Are We Good?

Let’s face it, we come from a society that has very rigid standards  for goodness. More importantly, we attach goodness to conformity. A person is good if he/she follows the social rules. it is as if we are all abiding by a hidden system of credits. For example if a man prays, then he is…

Income Tax Blues

Last week, I decided to be the law abiding citizen and to go and get my annual tax clearance. I decided to do it the proper way, using no connections (Wasta), having no special arrangements made for me, and not even seeking the help of someone who knows the procedure. You see, I said to…

Relax

This week I am working from home and that is because we are  re-locating our offices.  Today marks the third day I’m doing this and I am just now getting the hang of it. All my life I have a been a full-time employee, thriving within an corporate environment. My day used to feel structured…

Be Nice !

Ever since we were  kids we were told to be nice. In  grade school we were often told that if a kid was bullying us we should ignore them. Then, we were told in high school that if a teacher graded us unfairly then we  should just respect the teacher and be nice. As adults…

Crimes Against the Creative

When you put a creative person in an office environment, you give that person great skills. In fact, the skills a writer, designer, photographer, video maker, or any other creative individual gets from working in an agency, publishing house, design house, or any other corporation for that matter are  priceless. However, there are some corporate practices…