Turkey in the Park

Since the first year I moved to Dubai (2008) I’ve been hosting Thanksgiving gatherings. Though the location and guests fluctuate over time, a few things stay exactly the same. My husband, sister and I invite a large group of friends and family to laugh, catch up and break bread together. Some are American, many are … More Turkey in the Park

From Professor to Student: The Election Aftermath

How do I feel about the election results? Awful. My heart aches. I’m scared and still feeling down in the (Trump) dumps. The shock is starting to wear off. My sense of humor is slowly coming back. Acceptance? That will take more time. I understand wanting change. I felt the same way after 8 years of George W. Bush. … More From Professor to Student: The Election Aftermath

Ask a New Yorker

Over the last few months, everywhere I go, all that people want to talk about is the upcoming election. Even people I don’t know (who overhear my accent) have approached me in the grocery store and at cafes. Even my taxi driver wanted to talk about it and did, for the entire ride from Sharjah … More Ask a New Yorker

Lost in Translation: What’s on the radio? No, who’s on the radio!

My husband’s mother tongue is Arabic though his English is excellent. When I first met him I thought he had studied, or lived, in the USA because he has a strong American accent when speaking English. To my surprise, neither were the case! His accent came from growing up watching American sitcoms and movies. Come … More Lost in Translation: What’s on the radio? No, who’s on the radio!