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Friday, April 27, 2018

Arbor Day

I think that I shall never see  
A poem lovely as a tree.  

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest  
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast; 

A tree that looks at God all day,  
And lifts her leafy arms to pray; 

A tree that may in summer wear  
A nest of robins in her hair; 

Upon whose bosom snow has lain; 
Who intimately lives with rain.  

Poems are made by fools like me,  
But only God can make a tree.

~Joyce Kilmer

Sunday, April 15, 2018


Alia Malek's The Home That Was Our Country is a must read for anyone interested in Syria's geopolitical history, the rise of the Al-Assad family dictatorship, the sectarianism that has come to identify Middle Eastern politics, and the ongoing Syrian Civil War waged by the regime versus anyone who dares oppose it. But more importantly, Malek's memoir offers a domestic narrative of Syrian identity told through the feminine lens of her matriarchal grandmother whose home Malek restores and in which she eventually lives. Malek captures the nostalgia for a Syria of orange trees, food vendors on the streets of Damascus, shopping souks that offer a dizzying array of handmade and artisanal goods, and peoples who for centuries have lived together in close quarters despite their ethnic and religious differences. This book is a definitive text for an introduction to Syrian modern history and politics told through the personal perspective of a Syrian family attempting to live beautiful lives amidst so much upheaval, violence, and ongoing uncertainty...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018




The most amazing food and hospitality! Narges Montazer (Narges is Arabic for daffodil) might be my favorite cook in the entire world. Her Persian food is deliciously sweet and filling, and every time we go to her Daffodil Mediterranean restaurant here in Lincoln, she lets the kids try samples and she overstuffs our bowls so that we eat like kings. Our favorite is the koofteh rizeh (Persian meatballs) with the chelo (saffron rice). We also love the baghali polo (rice with dill and fava beans) and the  khoresh bademjan (eggplant, tomato, and chicken Persian stew). But really, anything she serves us is delicious!
خوشمزه - لذیذ

Monday, April 2, 2018

Friday, March 30, 2018

Holy Week

My eyes are blinded from My tears,
Because far from Me is,
Anyone who will comfort Me.

See, all ye people,
If there be any sorrow like unto My sorrow.

O, all ye who pass by the road,
Stop and see,
If there be any sorrow like unto My sorrow.