Monthly Archives: March 2011

Colors

My wife often expresses her gratitude for me–she’s easy to please. Yet as we walk Sur’s nighttime streets, where one rarely sees a woman, she says she has never appreciated me so much before. Only the less conservative Omani women … Continue reading

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Oman bound

Preparing with my wife for a return this afternoon to the Middle East—Oman this time—has made writing impossible during the past week. But lately, even as we planned our trip, we have worried a lot about whether our nonprofit could … Continue reading

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In the kitchen and at the bridge

Twice now, I have missed the chance to meet Betty Makoni—even though (thank you, Mr. Zuckerberg) we have just become friends. She is definitely somebody I want to meet. My second missed chance came this past Tuesday, International Women’s Day, … Continue reading

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The exotic Orient

“The mind of the Oriental. . .” said Cromer, “like his picturesque streets, is eminently wanting in symmetry. His reasoning is of the most slipshod description.” Cromer was done with what he considered Africa’s most Oriental part, Egypt, which he … Continue reading

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