Groceries on your doorstep

Lebanon is the land of delivery. You can order almost anything and have it delivered to your door. There’s the expected: pizza, McDonalds, sushi, mana2ish. Then there is everything else, ranging from the strange to “why didn’t I come up with that!”: dry cleaning, DVDs, a lady to wax your legs, a phlebotomist to draw … Continue reading

Normally I’m against torture…

Normally I’m against torture…

There’s something about a new year that gets me all nostalgic.  Or maybe it’s because I’ve finally updated to the new iOS which no longer supports iPhoto and so all 48 thousand photos I had nicely organized are now in one jumbled mess and have required hours of sorting… I’m not annoyed about that, no. … Continue reading

The Muslim response to terror

There is no clearer place to see the depravity of man than in the comments section of online articles.  I tell myself every time I get sucked in to them that I should never have started reading in the first place. But to be quite honest, when stuck under a nursing baby, I’ll pretty much … Continue reading

Words are cheap. Do something.

Words are cheap. Do something.

I have been heartsick over the way the tragedy in Paris has so quickly been turned into an opportunity to spew hatred against the most vulnerable – those fleeing the same evil that blew themselves up in the heart of Europe. I thought about writing a post about what I believe a Christian response should … Continue reading

Mourning from the Middle

Mourning from the Middle

On Thursday evening, Beirut was attacked by suicide bombers. Did you know that? 43 dead, hundreds wounded. My Facebook newsfeed was quickly filled with people frantic for news of friends and family, soon followed by the faces and names of those murdered. The father who tackled the third bomber, saving hundreds of lives, but losing … Continue reading

I Run for Peace. For Family. For Community.

I Run for Peace. For Family. For Community.

As we stood crammed together at the starting line for the Beirut Marathon, I actually found myself tearing up as the announcer alternated between two mini-speeches to the thousands of parents and children waiting to run.  “Please, be very, very careful, there are very small children at the front, do not shove, do not push, … Continue reading

Balcony composting

Balcony composting

Recycle, reduce, reuse.  All school children learn it, but until the garbage crisis hit Lebanon, it didn’t seem to be high on the list of priorities for many.  We’ve been recycling plastic and paper for a few years now, although we’ve lost trust in the company we were going through and still searching for a … Continue reading

Seriously?!? photos of the week

Seriously?!? photos of the week

I know that in many parts of the world, they are considered a delicacy…. but I’m pretty sure these guys were collected off the street after the first big rain. I actually saw a lady buying some!  After a brief google search, I learned that you can actually eat any snails as long as you … Continue reading

Luka by the month – 11 months

Luka by the month – 11 months

It’s amazing how babies grow and develop overnight.  Luka started taking hesitant steps a month ago, and now he’s a super confident walker.  He can squat down to get something off the floor and stand back up.  He can step over and around toys on the floor, climb stairs and he even thinks he can … Continue reading

Red carpet grocery shopping

Red carpet grocery shopping

A few weeks ago in one of the mommy groups I’m part of online, a lady posted about her desire to move to Lebanon.  She’s Lebanese but has only lived in Canada, but dreams of bringing her family back to her homeland.  I’ve seen this conversation happen many times before, but this was the first … Continue reading