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The Little Buddha

Today was a different kind of soul-full. We spent the morning at Temple of Edfu, and the afternoon at Temple of Kom Ombo. First, the entrance. At the Temple of…

The Day With The Sun

More pictures after the post, for those on Instagram. I am writing this while floating down the Nile toward the Temple of Edfu, and having a cup of fantastically strong…

The Hot Float

Preamble: For those following on instagram, there are more photos after the words. And over here are photos from today’s trip to Valley of the Kings, and the Temple of…

The Do Nothing Challenge

They gave me a forklift with which to eat my fruit salad, y’all. Maybe they looked at my mouth and thought I needed help? Point is, if you need me,…

The Slowed Heart

My deen directs that taqwa (piety) is best attained through ihsan (a kindness, well above and beyond, given without an expectation of anything in return). As example, take when we…

The Emotional Roller Coaster

It was a sound unfamiliar, and I wasn’t sure if it was human-made. As I entered the hospital this morning, she was in the hallway, surrounded by women. Her child,…

The Trustworthy Man

He asked me why I had never married, and I told him it was because I had not yet met a truly honest and trustworthy man. Later, he said “I…

The Town

Before departing for Cairo, we stopped in the town of Bawidi to pick up some food for the long Saharan road back. Here, interestingly, by the man from whom I…

The White Desert

Late last night, Bedouin music took us to the Black, Crystal, and White deserts, in the heart of Egypt. I am most calmed next to water; today, sitting alone hearing…

The Cleverly Named Hospital

I spent my morning volunteering at 57357 Hospital. As mentioned yesterday, I wore my Cookie Monster t-shirt which was a definite big hit. I plan on dressing for the kids,…

The Twirling Skirts

I am now a volunteer at 57357 Hospital, an extraordinary institution dedicated solely to children, aged 18 and under, with cancer. I will volunteer with them every day I am…

The 15 Year Heartache

Pro  Tip 2: You never know where a bidet will target. If you don’t like surprises, turn the knobs very slowly. *** I went out for a 2 hour walk…

The Family History

Pro Tip: Always carry tissue with you while in Cairo. Though all public washrooms have bidets (yay!), they do not all have tissue. I mean. I’m all for a clean…

The Day with Baba

I spent more one-on-one time with Baba today than I have since possibly 2009. Quite happily, he took me to masjid Mohamed Aly (mosque), Al-Azhar Park, and then for a…

The Streets

We got our hair did, after which Heba was nice enough to agree to a partial walk home. During our walk, we received a few polite, albeit very curious looks…

The Traditional Breakfast

It was our final day in Sharm, spent primarily by the water. But not before a breakfast at which, though we were only five people, there were 27 threads of…

The Natural Wonders

Today was a great day split two ways: Hiking, and snorkeling. I am sharing only my favourite three moments, these a hard draw because everything was so wonderful – 1….

The Step-Siblings

It is amazing that my aim is to suddenly get through a day without ruining my winged (above eye) eyeliner. Why? Four reasons in four days, as follows: – Three…

The Salt-Water Softness Philosophy

Formatting Note: As with yesterday, should you keep swiping past the words, you will often find more photos from the day on which the piece was published. “I look at…

The Uncle

Fact which I share with all family members: He is my favourite patrilineal uncle. Some while back, the Israelis allowed him to leave Gaza, and come to Cairo. Since last…

The First Salaam

Shortly before the taking of The Sabbatical, T, my baba’s wife began planning the surprise for his 70th birthday – me. Last night, it all came together perfectly, much to…

The First Sunrise

Somewhere over Great Britain. I could have slept through her, but decided to keep her company instead, while drinking the truly shit Air Canada coffee. I am presently enjoying a…

The Starter Trip

I am sat at the airport enjoying the Christmas decorations and though it’s not yet December 1st, I am very good with this because I love Christmas and all of…

The 2018 Journal

Beginning January 1, 2018, this has served as my heart-keeper. Every year, since I was a very young child, I have created and kept a journal. This year, for the…

The Sabbatical

For years, I have wanted to take my one year sabbatical. For years, I have always held off because I didn’t wish to take it without a partner, with whom…

Traditional roads to dating (aka How to confuse the shit out of your friends for $500)

I just told you about my summer, and the man a part of it, over this way. What I hadn’t mentioned was that we met in a more formal and…

Heart-swells

Over the course of 3.5 months, I was involved with someone; near two months ago, we became uninvolved. Though short-lived, it was an important situation which taught me much about…

The Love Fetish

Editorial note: Originally published in June 2014.   “Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy, absentminded. Someone sober will worry about things going badly. Let the lover be.” -Rumi Last week,…

“Mistakes are the entrance of discovery”

As equally as I believe that we all need to be responsible for our bad behaviour, I too believe that almost everyone is deserving of the space to make mistakes, and…

Imagine if we were swans?

Editorial Note: Originally published on 2012/04/06. ——————– Imagine if we were swans? We’d croak when our partner died. No fun. Two days ago, I was discussing soul mates with my…

To Broads Who Play In Traffic

When I was 13, I broke my femur running into traffic while a boy led. He was the son of our neighbors at the time, only a year older to…

The Order In The Country

I can neither drive a motorcycle, nor identify a getaway plan were I able to motor this thing. Imagine then my sadness when I came upon it and could do…

On Trust

“Fare Thee with Patience And Grace because relationships are a cuntpunt.” (Bobby 3:16, 44) Aside from explosive physical chemistry, intellectual compatibility, and sharing laughter, there is one key element to…

Maha Monday: My new piece’s past

Dear Maha, (Name withheld) I have been dating for a few months now. I thought he was perfect until last week when he told me a few things about his…

Shoulder check? Check.

Two things, one of which is: Feeling secure. But first. I volunteered to go into Beirut during the summer Israel was bombing the sh*t out of the country; I went…

From terrible, to v good poetry

It has been a minute since I wrote you, and for this I am sorry. I have read every single message you sent, and I thank you for your overwhelming…

*New* Maha Monday: I’m worried that my faith wavers

Hello – It has been a minute! Thank you for all of your gracious messages that continue to filter in, and for your kind words asking after me. I am…

Let them eat cake

He and I met for coffee at Elgin Street’s Bridgehead. It was a really lovely afternoon of caffeine and conversation, and I had been over the moon to see him….

On Healthy Silence

Two things: (1) I am a Super Communicator and Clarifier. I go above and beyond the call of normal communication to make certain that the person before me is always…