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…

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 Only Resolution that Counts

Close to New Years Eve and during the first week of the new year, we all make long lists of resolutions. Some of us want to lost weight, and some of us want to get a promotion. Some of us want to learn something new, while others want to travel the world. No matter how…

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…

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…

What For?

Last Saturday, I told a friend of mine that I haven’t been blogging for some time and that I feel that I really should go back to blogging regularly. In response to my complaint she asked “Why should you?” I   then said to her I should blog regularly because it was something I started and…

The Wall of Words (Fiction)

She sat in his car and smiled and asked him how he was. He made a short reply and looked away. The weather was hot, she wanted him to switch on the AC. So, she looked over at him to ask but saw nothing in his face but hatred. She quickly turned her head to…

The Real Me-Part Two (Fiction)

“So, how do we get to know each other? Do you meet men alone, or do you do it with a relative around? Or do we talk on the phone, or do we have pointless conversations online?” Hashem asked.  “So, you agree to my terms?” Dina responded “I don’t even know what your terms are…

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,…