A story written by a refugee from Damascus, Syria. Titled "This Life is a Strange Story."

If I could speak into the ears of American power

In light of the recent escalation of Syria talk, war talk, and war violence, I can’t help but cry out from the middle of the places that men in far away desks ceaselessly write about and talk about. If I

A story written by a refugee from Damascus, Syria. Titled "This Life is a Strange Story."

If I could speak into the ears of American power

In light of the recent escalation of Syria talk, war talk, and war violence, I can’t help but cry out from the middle of the places that men in far away desks ceaselessly write about and talk about. If I

Geysir Park

Where the World Lets Off Her Steam

When you were little, did you ever mix together all of the ingredients in the fridge, just for fun? Did you ever swirl two incompatible colors of finger-paint on the pallet, just to see if you could make something new,

Geysir Park

Where the World Lets Off Her Steam

When you were little, did you ever mix together all of the ingredients in the fridge, just for fun? Did you ever swirl two incompatible colors of finger-paint on the pallet, just to see if you could make something new,

Za'atri Camp, Jordan

The Hostess with the Mostest: Refugees and Host Communities in Jordan

For Khalid, the beaches of Tartus are unrivaled. “The sand is white, no rocks to trip on, no urchins to sting you.” He told me this as he brushed off the pebbles that had stuck to his feet. “I don’t

Za'atri Camp, Jordan

The Hostess with the Mostest: Refugees and Host Communities in Jordan

For Khalid, the beaches of Tartus are unrivaled. “The sand is white, no rocks to trip on, no urchins to sting you.” He told me this as he brushed off the pebbles that had stuck to his feet. “I don’t

Street Art, Amman

Less Room in Homeroom

So many backpacks bobbed by my building this morning. It is a sight I haven’t seen since my first weeks here. Despite the noise and tremors to the North in Syria, to the West in Palestine, to the South in

Street Art, Amman

Less Room in Homeroom

So many backpacks bobbed by my building this morning. It is a sight I haven’t seen since my first weeks here. Despite the noise and tremors to the North in Syria, to the West in Palestine, to the South in

Steps down (I never walk back up them) from Weibdeh

Why I Think of Ray Charles in Jordan

When I say “neighborhood,” what do you think? Is it a real memory that pops into your mind? Is it a picture you’ve painted over the years, brushstrokes stolen from decades of primetime family shows? Who has defined it for

Steps down (I never walk back up them) from Weibdeh

Why I Think of Ray Charles in Jordan

When I say “neighborhood,” what do you think? Is it a real memory that pops into your mind? Is it a picture you’ve painted over the years, brushstrokes stolen from decades of primetime family shows? Who has defined it for

racks of men's shoes in the Abdali market

A Flower that Blooms by Night

The thickening layer of brown on the horizon is a signal of summer. The unsettled dust from the endless desert east of Amman seems to float higher and higher, not content until reaching the sun itself. Today’s breezes don’t hold

racks of men's shoes in the Abdali market

A Flower that Blooms by Night

The thickening layer of brown on the horizon is a signal of summer. The unsettled dust from the endless desert east of Amman seems to float higher and higher, not content until reaching the sun itself. Today’s breezes don’t hold

Bedouins eating mansaf, cerca 1934. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Off with His Head!

“He is from Karak. Ask him about Mansaf.” “Have you had Mansaf? You know the best one is in Karak.” “Have you heard of Karak? It is like the capital of Mansaf.” Never have I been asked the same food-related

Bedouins eating mansaf, cerca 1934. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Off with His Head!

“He is from Karak. Ask him about Mansaf.” “Have you had Mansaf? You know the best one is in Karak.” “Have you heard of Karak? It is like the capital of Mansaf.” Never have I been asked the same food-related