A few years ago I was driving through Wadi Hadhramawt, a remote valley in the eastern corner of Yemen that adjoins Saudi Arabia and Oman. It is an area distinguished by ocher-colored cities of towering mud-brick buildings. Surrounding the towns are extensive date groves, irrigated by wells and rain-fed canals, probably thousands of years old. Read more…
Advice to the Uninformed
It’s very important in life to know when to shut up: Alex Trebek
Enough! Just stop. You’ve had your say over and over and over. You’ve repeated yourself ad nauseam for years without making an iota of sense. You’ve accomplished nothing constructive, absolutely nothing. You’ve repeated the same nonsense over and over without knowing a single fact. So just cut it out. Now it’s time to close your mouth and open your ears.
Just shut up and listen! Read more…
Sami: A 19 year old Muslim college student
Mona: Sami’s Mother
Angel Ramadan: An angel
Mr. Lipton: Sami’s neighbor
Scene: In the front of Sami’s house; Sami is washing his 1977 Pontiac Firebird
Sami: Isn’t she beautiful? (rubbing the hood of the car)
Angel Ramadan: The only real beauty is God. (An old man on a cane exits the house next to Sami’s. He proceeds to the entrance of his fence, and stands staring at Sami)
Sami: (under his breath) Not that guy again. He doesn’t have anything better to do in his retirement than to patrol me and my family. What a geezer….(Angel clears his throat)
Sami: And besides look at the load of junk he drives, and the…. (Angel clears his throat) Need water?
Angel Ramadan: No…angels don’t drink. Read more…