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Rediscovery

Again, I’ve rediscovered my own blog. It happened as I was perusing my files for an essay I want to send to my cousin. Since I’ve changed computers three times since writing that essay, I turned to the blog. I … Continue reading

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Fiscal Pain?

How many CEOs will feel the “pain” of lowering their yearly salaries by a million or two?  How many corporations will have to feel the “pain” of having to start paying taxes on their profits?  How many corporate jet pilots … Continue reading

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“Saudi Men Support” Saudi Women Driving

I googled “Saudi Women Driving” just now, and here is a representative sample of headlines from publications from both the East and West over the last few days: Saudi Women Flaunt The Driving Ban The Dilemma of Saudi Women Drivers Saudi … Continue reading

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Book Review: Barefoot in Bagdad by Manal Omar

In spite of what follows, I want to assert that I liked this book.  I liked the author’s passion, her determination, and her perspective as an American Muslim of Arab (Palestinian) descent. Manal Omar  told this story in a conversational … Continue reading

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Driving, Driving…Saudi Women Driving

Yesterday, a couple dozen Saudi women drove their cars in the Kingdom. The sky didn’t fall down, the ground didn’t open up to swallow them, and even the Saudi police did not exercise their prerogative to hunt them down and … Continue reading

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The Lessons of the Bees

Summer has finally broken through our stunted spring, and the lawn is growing as I write.  By the time my lawn mower was oiled and tuned for this season, the grass had grown so long it had started to go … Continue reading

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Apostasy–What is it, Exactly?

Apostasy— what a mouthful! It’s a word full of harsh sounds, more consonants than vowels. Its’ pejorative connotation suggests more than a mere disaffiliation with a religion, yet sometimes, it’s not even that. In recent months I’ve discovered a number … Continue reading

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New DSLR!

(OK, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and all of that. Bah, humbug, I say! Let’s get on with things.) I finally bought myself a DSLR.  I’ve been wanting one for the last few years. I’ve now “graduated” from this: … Continue reading

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Marahm Turns Sixty!

I am sixty years old today, and I am happy. I am happy because I’ve lived more than half my life, and I’ve been spared the worst of calamities, alhumdullilah. I’ve not been struck by the bulldozer of bad health … Continue reading

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She Makes Us Face the Elephant in the Room

August 19, 2010 I’m reading the book Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. When I first heard of this book, I ignored it, simply because I am tired of seeing sensational, dramatic stories about poor, abused Middle-Eastern women under the oppression … Continue reading

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