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Tips for buying a bra

During uni, and for a little over five years, I was the manager of the most expensive lingerie boutique in Ottawa, carrying only the best lines Aubade, Chantelle, and Lejaby. A…

Quote of this day

The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing How blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere They’re in each other all along….

Starfish with protruding bottom

Proper climbing, you should be flat against the wall, much like a leech, using your legs to push up and your arms merely to locate and hold on to the…

Grocery shopping is the devil

There are several reasons why I don’t grocery shop on a regular basis. For your consumption, here they are. (a) I am constantly drawn to the Check Out By Yourself…

Mama

The saying “Paradise is at the feet of mothers” is rooted in the following: A man asked the Prophet Mohammed whether he should fight in a war. To this, the…

“As long as we got each other…” (sic)

Dear Kirk Cameron, My infantile crush was on the cartoon character Orion Quest of Grendizer. On occasion, I find myself still humming the show’s tune, and would today argue that…

Perspective is (almost) everything

As hard as I tried, I never saw beyond the squiggles of an austereogram and for a while was convinced — like a die-hard conspiracy theorist — that no one…

There is always time for politeness

To those of you who have dropped ‘thank you’ from your vocabulary, you are best to pay attention. We don’t have to hold the door open for you, or the elevator, or…

the Prolific Immigrant (me)

Dear Reader, Oh look. I’ve gone and changed the title again. As starting point, I would like to introduce you to the lunatic + lovely coupling which brought forth yours…

Welcome (back) to the new site

So. I haven’t been home (here) in nearly a month. Beg your greatest pardons and thank you for all of the amazing email messages which you have sent asking after…

Mubarak’s Convenient Heart Attack

Find my latest political blip here. Comments closed. Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on…

Dictatorship 101: What can we learn from the Ben Alis and the Gaddafis of the world?

Find out here at my latest contribution to rabble. Comments closed. Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to…

A Janeism

“So I ate a fish eye. I have been out of the dating loop for so long that I thought doing that might get his attention. It didn’t work.” Comments…

Baden from Australia

Do you remember Baden? I wrote this about him earlier: “Having decided to completely nerd out yesterday, I took The Big Bus Tour of Stanley Market and sat on the…

Radicalization of Islam in America

I am pretty sure I am in love with this man. Please watch and learn and think and share… Comments closed. Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit…

Tweet twirp tweet tweet

What do you know? I’m twittering – and I have been meaning to avow the following, as a nod to the lovely Ms. Ginger Snaps: Twitter is a quick and…

It appears that

I am ready to go home. Also, it has become excrutiatingly clear that I am no longer interested in either boiled meaty foods or foods the composition of which I…

On Yemen, Egypt & Jordan

From friend Mazen Chouaib, who recently wrote… “The challenge now in Egypt is to see how far these diverse groups can sustain the civil protest and present a counter offer…

Australian Sun & Oxygen: 137; Maha: -218

Canberra, where the streets are pristine and the lawns manicured; Canberra, where there’s nothing much to do. (At least not in terms of what I like to do while visiting…

Do you know Gene Sharp?

You should. His free booklet was used to instruct the Egyptian pro-democracy demonstrators. Please meet and read about him here. Comments closed. Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via…

Last photo taken in Hong Kong

Happy Chinese New Year (of the Rabbit)! Comments closed. Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments…

Twins on a ferris wheel at Luna Amusement Park, Sydney

Though to post later, I currently type this while seated on the ledge of the pier alongside Luna (amusement) Park. After breakfasting at Kings Cross organic market, lunching at the…

Hong Kong Wrap-Up Dispatch no 4

Having decided to completely nerd it out yesterday, I took The Big Bus Tour of Stanley Market and sat on the upper deck where I almost fell into a state…

Hong Kong Dispatch no 2

I had an hour and twenty minutes yesterday between the workday and then an evening work dinner. Juiced on perhaps 18 coffee and tea combinations, I decided to MTR myself…

Hong Kong Dispatch no1

I flew into Hong Kong on the back of a monsoon. Or perhaps a typhoon. Or just really hard rain. Air Canada lost my luggage; I am work traveling for…

Dearest Egypt

Alf alf alf alf mabrook!! BRAVO!! You are beyond a shadow of any doubt: Amazing. Thank you for being so righteous and brave – refusing to bring violence, but only…

#Jan25

The essence of political rap, courtesy of Freeway and featuring Amir Sulaiman, Ayah, The Narcicyst, and Omar Offendum. This is as badass as it gets. Comments closed. Digg this post…

Muslims & Christians in Egypt

I can count the number of times I have posted emails from readers, but this is one well worth it. “Hi Maha, I am Ri7am and I always read your…

The Fraudulent are Everywhere

.1. A well-known fact to the US Government: Omar Suleiman is not a man who will lead democracy. He is, however, pretty awesome at torture. Hurrah for America’s once again…

Comprehensive analysis on Egypt (and others)

For those of you asking after comprehensive information rather than mere reporting of current events, please take a poke through the Stratfor Global Intelligence website here. In order to read…

(Today) Paradise is at the feet of (Egyptian) mothers

Update 1: Ahmed will not in fact be making it in; at the police and army checkpoints, they are requesting to see Egyptian National ID cards. No one who is…

Lit Up is the Arabic Street

Update 2 Feb: Tahrir Square is turning into a bloodbath. Reports coming in that plain-clothed security forces have been let loose on the Square, and most exits blocked, so that…

The Treehouse has been put to sleep

After posters of Don Johnson, Kirk Cameron (pre fundamentalist Christianity) and Jason Bateman finally came down from my walls, it was Erté’s Girl on a Swing (a greeting card, believe…

Of Hunnam (a.k.a. What makes a man sexy?)

I recently purchased for the first time ever, Men’s Fitness magazine. Coincidentally, this was the cover: If you have been reading me long enough, you know I have two types:…

I inspired a character in a fiction short story (EEEE!!!!)

S (about whom I have here frequently written) said it in this way: “I thought…what would it have been like for me to meet Maha while we were children?” And…

NYC “Tourist”

Very strange how I used to travel last decade, and I am wondering if any of you have seen similar patterns in your behaviour? In my twenties I stubbornly refused…