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Waiting for the results...

My daughter Nora finished her final exams at university. If she's passed everything then she will graduate. We're waiting for the results. This year the students at Libyan universities are being given a stipend - I think it's to help pay for their needs while they study. Nora decided to save it all and pay for an ICDL - computer course - she started this week. I'm really proud of her - she's made a good decision to work on her professional development. She's also looking into applying to do a master's degree. 
Meanwhile, it seems that everyone thinks that since she is finished with university that she is now on the marriage market and plenty of those who believe in arranged marriage are calling. I'm not sure why they would even think that my daughter would be interested in an arranged marriage in the first place, but this  custom is pretty common in this part of the world. Believe it or not we have had people approach us because they feel they know eve…

A day with my baby boy - yes! he'll always be my baby!

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Ibrahim and I spent the day together. He got new shoes and a pair of jeans. But the best part was pizza... yeah! 

Notice from the picture that Libya is still using soda cans with pull tabs.... they stopped using those in the United States in 1977 and in the UK in 1989. Someone needs to tell them that it's 2013 now.... sigh...

Two years on...

Wishing Libyans near and far the very best on this day....

Happy Libyan Revolution Day!

Association...

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Isn't it funny how sometimes when you hear a song it reminds you of a past event in your life. Or how certain smells make you think of your past, even something specific. Recently I bought some face soap and as I raised my bubble filled palms to my face I was immediately taken back to when I was very young..... 

When I was about four or five years-old, tiny little dolls called Liddle Kiddles were all the rage. There were all kinds of these little dolls, doing different things. One type were scented and came inside of plastic 'perfume bottles' that opened up so you could store the doll inside for safe keeping. There are about nine different dolls, each with it's own scent. 
I remember shopping at Toy's R Us with my mom and my sisters and when we got to the aisle with the dolls on display I was riveted to the spot. My mom agreed that I could have one and I chose 'Lily of the Valley' because my mother had some of the flowers planted under the kitchen window an…

The boring history of Libya...

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One thing that has always amazed me is that the majority of Libyans know very little about the history of their country... and Libya is full of history! Historical sites can be found throughout the cities and countryside. I hear all kinds of excuses as to why the people here know nothing and it's usually blamed on the former regime and the poor education system. But in my (somewhat humble) opinion the reason Libyans don't know much about their country's history is because they simply couldn't care less.... total indifference.... apathy. And that just makes me feel sad... :(
Last week, out of curiosity, I posted this picture on my Facebook wall and asked the Libyans on my friend's list if they knew what it was, where it was, who it was used by, why and when .... 

There were only three Libyans that responded to my query - none knew the correct answer, but they tried. The rest of the comments came from non-Libyans, many who had lived here in the past - they didn'…