To all my family and friends who celebrate, I wish you a safe and peaceful Eid al-Adha. Allāhu akbar, Allāhu akbar الله أكبر الله أكبرGod is greatest, God is greatest, lā ilāha illā-Allāh لا إله إلا اللهThere is no god but God Wallāhu akbar, Allāhu akbar والله أكبر الله أكبرGod is greatest, God is greatest walillāhi l-ḥamd ولله الحمد and to God goes all praise.
More information about this Islamic holiday can be found here:Eid al-Adha
I want to share the link to a small article put out yesterday on the BBC website titled 'The Libyans Blogging for Change' which includes a short video featuring two Libyans; Haider Dawi, 27 year old co-founder of H2O and Khadija Al-Ramali who is co-founder of Project Silphium.
Links here: The Libyans Blogging for ChangeH20Project Silphium
Blogging in Libya has become increasingly dangerous in the past few years. Many bloggers have been picked up, tortured and even killed. A lot of Libyan bloggers have stopped blogging or are only posting infrequently. It's encouraging to see a resurgence of blogging, even on such a small scale. Keep blogging Libyans!
About 55 years ago, before my parents got married, my father visited Florida and bought some land. The plan was that once he was married he would move his family to Florida and build a house there one day.
Time passed, there was marriage and then one child, two, three, four and finally five. My father's work brought him to Florida from time to time. He decided to look into relocating his business. He looked in the vicinity of the land that he had bought, but found it wasn't suitable. The area wasn't built up enough. In the end, my parents found a house in the Tampa Bay area. They decided to keep the land as an investment, possibly to sell in the future.
From time to time my parents were contacted about the land to say that the city and county were making improvements; streets were paved, sewers, telephone and cable lines installed. My parents paid yearly taxes while they continued to hold on to the land as an investment. A few times they drove out to have a look and ind…