Monthly Archives: May 2011

Subbing

Our male and female college students do not look at or speak to each other as they pass in the corridors. If they associate off campus, they must exercise creativity: the male students move freely around town, while chaperones escort … Continue reading

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Pistachios, dates, watermelon, and pineapple

My wife and I were not alone on the beach. At Qantab, an old fishing village near Muscat around which a posh residential neighborhood has mushroomed, two Arab men parked their Lexus above the beach before going in the water … Continue reading

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The Fountain

Khadija reached toward her husband and nearly touched him. To avert the offense against good manners in front of us, she pulled back. With their heads hanging, she and Mustafa spoke to each other in Arabic. Characteristically, he talked faster … Continue reading

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Hell

Our pride did not impress the heat. Exactly one day after my wife and I congratulated ourselves on our tolerance of it, we found out who’s boss as the temperature suddenly climbed ten degrees and stopped just shy of a … Continue reading

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