The Perfect Life: Keeping it Real

I’ve seen the question of perfection come up a lot recently on different blogs. I’ve basically observed two different approaches: 1)      Bloggers that share the picture-perfect moments and explain that they don’t do so because they have a perfect life by because they prefer to focus on the good rather than the bad, to spread…

Happiness

Happiness Is a Choice

The last time my husband and I drove to the grocery store, I was struck by how many billboards advertised their products or services using slogans that contained the word happy, or images of someone smiling. Even in the grocery store, countless products with images of someone smiling stared back at us from the shelves.…

The Child Inside…

Have you noticed the number of baby pictures/videos that float around Facebook and get thousands of likes? Not the ones of babies you know, but the ones of babies you don’t know – babies in cute outfits, babies laughing, babies babbling… Some baby pictures and videos get lots of “likes” for a cause (you know……

The Problem of Suffering and Evil

After the recent shooting rampage in Sandy Hook Elementary School, I saw countless social networking posts raising the question of how a good God could allow such evil to happen. The same question has been asked many times, in reference to 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, cases of domestic violence, wars… whenever society is shocked by some…

The Human Experience

Follow the journey of two brothers who willingly chose to experience homelessness in New York city, followed by a series of mission adventures in order to deepen their understanding of a shared human experience. The documentary ends showing their reconciliation with their own father who had physically abused them in their own childhood.   They…

Smiling with the Angels…

A friend of mine passed away today. I knew her for several years in college – afterwards, I saw her infrequently, mainly due to distance: we left RI to head in opposite directions – I went off to the Middle East, while Erin headed down south of the border to Mexico. Erin was just a…

I Am An American…

I am not a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or “other.” I am an American. When I see or hear discussions concerning the current state of the American nation and the upcoming elections, I sometimes wonder whether I come from a nation of Americans, or one of Republicans and Democrats. Many issues regarding the economy, foreign affairs,…

Differences

My husband and I share many things in common. We both love writing, playing sports, watching movies, going for drives and enjoying nature. On a deeper level, we share many values, including our love of family and our faith. We share a vision of our future life together – a simple, but meaningful life of…

American (In)Justice

As a child, I took it for granted that America considered people innocent until proven guilty, gave everyone the right to a fair trial, and respected life. Now, various cases indicate the contrary. I was appalled when I heard that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of upholding the death sentence against Troy Davis, who was consequently executed, without even…

‘Til You Find Your Dream

After years of searching and gradually discovering who I was meant to be, I have found my path, and my life has begun taking shape. My day begins between 6:30 and 7:00 AM, depending on how drowsy I am, and when the baby wakes up. I get up, feed and change the baby, get ready for…

Thoughts for Teachers

                      I’ve had a marvelous experience teaching during the last few years. I’ve taught in the States, in Lebanon, and in Jordan. I’ve taught girls, boys and co-ed classes for middle school and high school. I’ve taught religion, language, current events and culture. And I’ve loved it all. In…

Lots of Laughs

Many of us don’t laugh enough in life. The seriousness that results from the pressures of daily life and work responsibilities can marginalize our appreciation of humor, or simply not give us the time to enjoy it. It might seem like a sin to take time for something as trivial as watching a comedy or…

Bring Back the Fairies

I used to live in a marvelous world, where fairies floated through the woods, and magical colors shone through the trees, where every horse was a unicorn, and every field had mounds of gold.   Invisible bells tinkled tunes I’d never heard before.  Animals talked to me, and nature danced.  Then, one day, darkness covered the land. The unicorns…

We Happy Few

Last night, we watched a recently released film that set the wheels in my head spinning: The Help. I’ll leave a professional critique of the movie to my husband, should he ever start a blog about movies, and stick with the content. I greatly enjoyed the film. While some of the stories it includes may…

Enjoyable Evenings

Once or twice a week, after we’ve finished our work for the day, put the baby to bed, and done the house chores, my husband and I make dinner and then snuggle on the couch to watch a movie. I always enjoyed watching films, but became even more of a movie connoisseur after marrying Eddy,…

Riding the Waves

I picked up my bag, and walked into a sea of diversity, wondering what waves the year would bring. With Muslims and Christians, rich and poor, Jordanians and Palestinians, Iraqis, other Arab nationalities and a few foreigners sliding into the classroom desks each day, challenging discussions are bound to arise. Different political, social, religious and…

Clay Creations

“The Lord God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being” (Gen 2:7)  Last week, we watched The Agony and the Ecstasy, a 1969 docu-drama about Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel. Although Hollywood took some liberties in its portrayal…