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America
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The American Muslim Thanksgiving

In recognition of turkey day, I am re-posting this blog post from the last few years. ____________________________________________ Thanksgiving is that wonderful yearly holiday when American families bond over food and enjoy the typical dysfunction and drama that invariably happens when people related by blood come together. For immigrants, Thanksgiving is the day when everything is […]

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life

The Language of Love and Hate

Not too long ago during one of my travels I was asked which languages I use to express anger, frustration and love. Being fluent in 2 languages and at an intermediate level in 2 others, it was an intriguing question. The bi-lingual questioner mentioned how she enjoys cursing and expressing anger much more in Punjabi […]

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Global Economy
mental cud

2009 Gloom & Doom update: a spot of advice for 2009

Disclaimer: This post in not meant to be a downer, just an assessment of the past few years based on indicators that I have been watching since 2003. It was obvious in 2003 that the global financial markets would collapse within 5-10 years. By 2006 it was clear that 2008 was going to be a […]

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Saudi Arabia

back

Our regularly scheduled transmissions of “life thru dusty lenses” are back after a brief hiatus for Hajj. I have been going through some of my earlier blogs and web-sites and archiving/removing/cleaning up. I might end up posting some stuff from my old recipe and art web-site.

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Saudi Arabia

rites of passage

One of the oddities of getting an iqama (residence permit) for KSA is the medical tests that are mandatory. We had FULL physicals done to satisfy the requirements – and I mean full: 5 diff vials of blood, urine and stool twice, chest x-ray, physical exam. The results were submitted so we could get the […]

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life
Saudi Arabia

rain!!

It’s been raining in Riyadh for the past few days. Somehow I always miss it as it’s happening- I heard that there was a major rainfall that left the streets flooded a few days ago! I’ve even missed seeing the short drizzles as I was taking a nap. I am determined to take a picture […]

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life
mental cud
Saudi Arabia

parking lot picnics

Once again I find myself in transit so what better way to spend time than writing! As you might know, Riyadh does not have many options for legal family entertainment. They have a plethora of malls, restaurants, a single museum and a zoo that has different entry days for men and women so families cannot […]

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Global Economy
mental cud

2009 Gloom & Doom update:batten down the hatches!

In the past months the global economy has become quite sickly. Oil prices are soaring, not because of supply shortages but because of the politics of energy markets and an ever-weakening US dollar. The USD itself is a reflection of the US economy, the ongoing mortgage crises and all its ripple effects. The mortgage crisis […]

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Saudi Arabia

roads

The general rumor is that women will be allowed to drive by the end of this year. It is unclear if it will actually happen however the story goes that the royals are in favor of it and have been working on the clerics for years- apparently they have just about worn down the protests […]

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