Showing posts from May, 2006

a special request

Yesterday one of my students came to me after class with a request. I get lots of requests but this one was different. It's a murder mystery.

Way back in October of 1983 a Libyan man named Elamari Magdud was brutally murdered in Portland Oregon. The man was my student's uncle. His family has been able to get very little information about the crime other than the fact that two ladies found him in the north area of Portland, apparently he had been beaten and probably hit on the head with a heavy object. This information was given to the family by the Portland Police Records Manager who also said they believed that they had found persons who had information about the killing or who might have killed him, but at least one of the men was already being sent to jail for committing another crime. No names were given to the family and nothing was ever done to prosecute anyone for the crime.

The body was sent back to Libya for burial and according to my student the casket was sealed but t…


Last week I was looking at my site statistics. I check them from time to time out of curiosity. I like to see who's reading my blog of course, and it's also interesting to see the other things like where they were referred from which is how I find alot of other interesting bloggers.

Another thing I look at is the amount of time people spend reading my blog. For instance, last week someone at the State Department spent 8 hours 21 minutes and 30 seconds reading my blog in just one day. The following day they logged in another 5 hours! Wow! Imagine getting paid to sit for hours reading blogs! I wonder how much this person's salary is? I'm sure it must be more than minimum wage. Where do I send my resume????

Exam results, doctors, dentists and Ibrahim

Tomorrow the results will come out for the kids final exams. Actually I already know that Yusef and Jenna have passed and Sara has failed history. My sister-in-law came upstairs today to tell me. She got the news from one of the teachers at the school. I've decided not to tell the kids that I know. Now I am prepared to hear Sara have a big crying fit tomorrow when she finds out officially. She'll have to take the resit exam. Adam and Nora's results should be out tomorrow too.

Since school has been out we've been trying to get all the kids medical and dental work done. We've put off stuff waiting for summer vacation. Adam will be having surgery to have his extra teeth removed.

Adam has had all the consultations with the dentists, but now the negotiations are going on about the clinic's fees. He'll need general anesthesia and the clinic wants to charge over 1000 dinars to rent their theatre for two hours. We think 1000 dinars is rediculous! They said they will …

Libya's Walk for Hunger

Recently I posted a notice about the 'Fight Hunger - Walk the World' campaign which is held once a year in cities all over the world. This year Tripoli was also on the list of cities that would take part in this global event.

The website had set the place as beginning in front of the fairgrounds, but later they changed it and said it would begin an hour earlier in the Green Square - Too late for me to change plans as I had already told some people I would meet up with them in front of the fairgrounds.

I went with my husband and two of my daughters and while we waited in front of the fairgrounds for things to start happening we found some yucca plants that were blooming, so we had a close up look at one of the blossoms. I'd never seen one up close before, it was pretty.

Only a few of the people who said they would meet up with us arrived. Everyone's main complaint about the event was that it was on a Sunday. But in most parts of the world Sunday is a day off work. Most Lib…

another walk

I went for a long walk this morning - 8.3 km (5.21 mi). The weather was perfect and because it was early Friday morning everything was quiet and deserted. Above is a mosque that's on the coast road in front of the Mahari Hotel.

I walked past a small amusement park that had some rides for kids.

A cafe with a view overlooking the harbour and boats.

The sidewalks are wide and clean and the views are nice. It's a pleasant place to walk but I rarely see anyone taking advantage of this area. It's perfect for small kids on bikes and skates - I'll have to bring the kids here in the future.

This is the American cemetary. For years it's been just falling to bits and been looking really awful and when the American ladies complained to the American Interests Section and then to the Liasson Office we were always told that nothing could be done about it until an official embassy opened. How sad that even the dead have to suffer because of politics! - It was always overgrown and had …

Eye Candy!

I only wish I could read Italian, but this blog is a wonderful feast for the eyes! - Have a look at Molestine's blog - My Trip and also her fantastic photos on Flickr- My Tripoli.

Me . . . a party girl?

Yesterday was a busy day for me. It was my dear friend Alea's annual 21st birthday. We hold a party every year at our school and it was lots of fun, and lots of hard work. We had the students and guests participating in the activites. Games, dancing, all kinds of music and songs to sing along to.

At one point they had me dressed up in a Libyan costume and dancing. It was great fun and we all had a good time and lots of laughs.

Some of the pictures of the event are posted on the school's blog - go have a look:

By the way.... if anyone has any pictures of me wearing the Libyan costume please email them to me. My camera's batteries ran out and I didn't get a picture.

Fight Hunger: Walk the World Libya

Fight hunger! - Walk the World Libya

The Walk will start in front of the Libyan International World Fair and finish at the Libyan People's Congress Hall in Gergaresh (Tripoli). The total distance of the Walk is approximately 2 km and the route provides a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean!

Click on the image above to visit the website for more information and sign up for the Fight Hunger - Walk the World - Libya On May 21st 2006!

Dreams or nightmares?

I've had weird dreams all night long.......

First I dreamed that I was wearing handcuffs and I had them on while I was working in the house (or trying to work). Then I dreamed that I was wearing broken shib-shibs and they kept slowing me down. My whole night was spent dreaming of things that were trapping me, holding me down, hindering me and impeding my progress.

It made me feel like I was on a never ending treadmill.....running, running, running.... but not getting anywhere or accomplishing anything. I woke up feeling exhausted.


There are jacaranda trees blooming all over Tripoli. I've always loved their purple flowers and have one planted in our garden. I grew it from a seed that I picked up from the parking lot of the Physical Therapy hospital in Janzour nearly 7 years ago. The tree now reaches almost to the top of the second floor of our building.

It's graceful branches lean out over the garden wall and offer a bit of shade. As beautiful as the blooms are, unfortunately they have no perfume. I take the flowers and dry them and mix them in with potporri.


Libyan blogger Lonehighlander, challenged all her readers to post a poem. I decided to post the link to a poem called 'Winter Rain' that I wrote in January 2005 and was published by The Tripoli Post. Click on the image above to visit the site and read my poem.

There are some fantastic poems written by members of the Muslimah Writers Alliance. You can find some of this year's entries on their blog by clicking on the image above. The Islamic Writers Alliance published a book of poems called Many Voices, One Faith in November 2005; Libyan poetess Nadia Hamed was one of the featured poets.

Thanks Lonehighlander for giving me the opportunity to post my poem and hopefully any other blogger who reads this, will either post a poem they have written or share a favourite.

Added links

I've been getting lot's of traffic since Libyanews List discovered my blog and sent it out to their subscribers. Thanks go out to all the readers who sent me so many encouraging emails and comments. It's nice to feel that my blog has touched so many of you in a special way.

A few new Libyan and Libyan related blogs to add to the growing list:

Anglolibyan is a Libyan who lives in the UK, Hafed is a Libyan American who lives in the US with his Libyan born wife, Lebeeya who describes herself as "being quiet, feeling sorry for myself, sleeping, giving people money, dreaming, spending people's money, playing hide and seek, looking at myself in the mirror, trying on outfits in the mirror, buying new clothes, being entertained, watching tv, talking to myself, and braiding my friend khadija's hair. "Imtidad and Buffer Zone - two Arabic blogs by Ghazi who also has an interesting website in both English and Arabic all about modern Libyan creative writing,and Double C…

Lots of apricots!!

A morning walk

This morning I got up early. After breakfast I went for a long walk. I mapped it out on Google Earth when I got back and checked to see how far I had walked - 6.19 km or 3.84 mi - not bad for a nice morning! I found myself near the old king's castle in Dahara. I'm not sure if the king ever lived there or not. I really don't know anything about the site's history.

Currently the building is being used as a library and offices. For many years the site was closed off by a surrounding wall but they've removed the wall and the area is open to the public.

It's pretty interesting to walk around and look at things but unfortunately the whole site is falling apart. But using your imagination you can see what it must have been like in its hayday and what it could possibly be like if they ever decide to restore it. Above is a huge fountain or wading pool.

At the far end of the fountain area are these massive bougainvillea vines that cover arched supports. It's very shady …