Monthly Archives: February 2011

Safe

Friends surprised by my swift return from the Middle East with my wife, due to our inability to agree on contract terms with our employer there, seem even more surprised—and anxious—by our determination to head back as soon as possible … Continue reading

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Gracefully she approached

“Your hand belongs right here—in mine—not over your heart.” Like the uncovered dark hair that tumbled to her shoulders, the power of Mina’s handshake surprised me, although less than the fact that she had given me her hand. I told … Continue reading

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Bittersweet

Aisha would neither have shown me her face nor spoken to me in her home. But the freedom she felt in this public setting, an outdoor café near the foot of Al Khalifa Tower, released a torrent of words. As … Continue reading

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Heaven

The mosque by our apartment building looks nothing like the mosque in the village where we work in Tanzania. The riches here produce shortcuts, manifest in the mosque near us and in countless others, past the Quranic pledge that building … Continue reading

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