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Mahmood's Den

An Arab man's attempt at bridging the cultural gap and trying to make a difference. Failing a lot. Succeeding once in a while.

Last Build Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:08:29 +0000


The creep of weight gain

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:08:29 +0000

I’ve let myself go over the past couple of months and my weight has been creeping up. Well, I’ve been on holiday for a couple of weeks to Scotland and it was a bit stressful at work the last few months. Note that I’m not beating myself up for this. This is nothing to the […]

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Gratitudes and the Duraz Siege

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:55:56 +0000

Today, I choose to reflect on our village Duraz's siege from my own perspective. We are having to suffer long queues of cars to report to a police checkpoint - one of only two for a village and an area that hosts over 20,000 residents - to get home.

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Guerilla Gardening

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:42:14 +0000

I created this border yesterday. It features big rocks that were dug up by the sewageworks in our neighbourhood. As you can see, I repurposed them as well as the sand they dug up to create a couple of xeriscaped borders. These are positioned at the entrance (or the end) of our road and neighbourhood. […]

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Muhammad Ali. Thank you.

Sat, 04 Jun 2016 04:53:05 +0000

Who hasn’t been inspired in one way or another by Mohammed Ali? From his famous “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” to the defence of his titles as well as his human rights activities. I’m going to miss him, and though I’m not an avid boxing fan, I am so grateful to have […]

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What is depression?

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 15:51:04 +0000

Not many people understand depression, including me. I found this on TED that might contribute to a better understanding. Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world; in the United States, close to ten percent of adults struggle with the disease. But because it’s a mental illness, it can be a lot harder […]

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How to deal with hate

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 10:44:44 +0000

Here’s a small example of how two brave women took it upon themselves to do the right thing and stood up to a hateful Islamophobe. They give us a clear and good example of how to deal with hate: Both the racist and the young woman were customers at this ice-cream parlour. But the women […]

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Untangling from Drama

Sat, 28 May 2016 12:34:07 +0000

This week’s #TryThisThursday will resonate with a lot of us. This week’s assignment is to “Untangle from drama. No one can ruin your day without your permission.” Who hasn’t had to deal with drama and came out the worst for wear? Who haven’t felt their energy almost completely drained after such a situation. Who hasn’t felt […]

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Fri, 27 May 2016 18:18:36 +0000

#TryThisThursday is an opportunity for people to try something different, to expand their horizons and take them out of their own boxes. It is to get people to stretch beyond their comfort zones and move away from their usual routines, and to have a bit of fun too! Every Thursday, Frances urges her Meditation classes […]

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It’s the little things..

Wed, 25 May 2016 12:59:57 +0000

A few days ago, the Internet lit up with laughter with the Chewbaka lady. And who could resist laughing out loud with this one: seriously? This reminds me that it’s the little things in life that makes me happy. I’m grateful for those moments. But the internet also went hysterically sad too because of this one: But […]

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Life in my garden

Mon, 23 May 2016 06:42:56 +0000

I love my little pond. It’s always full of life and the sound of the water calms me. I visit as often as I can, even if I just pass by when I arrive home and have a quick look. There’s always life in my garden. Passing by yesterday at lunch, I noticed a couple […]

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