I’m exhausted.

I’ve always loved the movie Selena. And I’ve always loved the scene where her dad goes on a rant about how hard it is to be Mexican American because you have to be more Mexican than the Mexicans and more American than the Americans. He ends by saying it’s exhausting. He’s right. When you grow…

Food is love

My aunt Siham makes the best vegetarian grape leaves. My uncle Halim makes the best ribs (don’t tell my dad I said that). My cousin Vicky makes the best sauce. My sister-in-law Tania makes the best bazella. And my parents? Well, if you’ve ever had the pleasure of sitting at their table, you know that everything they…

Family Comes in all Shapes

We moved to Saudi Arabia when I was about 4 or 5 years old, just about the time when you can start remembering things from your childhood. Growing up away from family, separated by an ocean on either side of us, could of have been isolating and lonely. Fortunately, my parents befriended a group of…
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