‘Do You Have an American Passport?’

November 2018 ‘Wait a second. You have an Arabic family name. Are you an Arab?!’ I took a deep breath. I got this job interview because Emma* had recommended me. And if Emma, the charming American expat in Amman, recommends something or someone then it is as good as being written in stone. The littlest [...]

The Tale of Threes Hotel

I sat in my car breathing hard. I hadn’t seen them since I lost my job. And what was more incredulous is that of all the places they were here, right across from my parent’s apartment building at this west European foundation. For some reason I kept developing sebaceous cysts. Every year or so one [...]

Falling Within and Failing Without

November 2015 The teacher asked him to read a short paragraph. He blinked, chuckled nervously, and went ahead with the reading. He struggled tremendously. Yet he was not alone in his ordeal. Almost all of the European and American students who came from a non-bilingual upbringing struggled in the university mandated modern Hebrew lessons. The [...]

The Road to Eid-ul-Adha

It was one of the warmest days of July. It also happened to be the day my sister was landing in Amman for Eid-ul-Adha before heading back to the United States where she has lived for the past four years. My Dad’s excitement could not be contained even when Parkinson’s gave him a fixed stone-like [...]

An Honest Tinder Date

This past month I’ve found myself to be somewhat more reclusive than usual; between my dad’s dwindling health this past month and my worries about my future I probably needed to have a break from socializing. But now that I’m in a more stable state of mind I thus I went ahead and did what [...]

Secret Revelations Amidst the Smoke

‘It’s about time to ask you the million dollar question: Why didn't you tell him?’ In bustling café in the wealthier part of West Amman, Jordan’s capital, we sat surrounded by smoke. I haven’t had a cigarette in 9 years. Back then I was a freshman student in university and was prompted to smoke cigarettes [...]

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