Category Archives: Memoir

Things Are Not the Same

My metaphorical Riyadh retains its character as the years pass, while the actual Riyadh evolves. My friend of many years still goes back and forth. She tells me about the ongoing construction, the ever-increasing concern with security, and the simple conclusion … Continue reading

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My Father’s Birthday, Death Day, and a Possibility

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 Today is my father’s birthday. He would have been ninety years old. He died three years ago at the age of eighty-seven. He died consciously, albeit full of oxycodone. He died with his eyes open, searching … Continue reading

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Friday the Thirteenth

My cousin Dave, coming home for the last time: November 2009   Last November thirteenth fell on a Friday— Friday the Thirteenth. I had never felt superstitious about that day or about anything else, and I still don’t. Friday the … Continue reading

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WNFIN— Progress Commentary

Excerpt from the WNFIN challenge: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 (http://writenonfictioninnovember.com/about-2/) 597 words Maybe my ambition to write  is nothing more than a diversionary tactic to romanticize my life now which is entirely devoid of romance. Maybe my desire to write … Continue reading

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The Anniversary

Sunday, September 12, 2010 Yesterday, The Anniversary It’s been nine years.I find myself thinking and writing about it more than I ever did when it actually happened on 9/11/2001. On that day, I went about my daily activities in a … Continue reading

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My Two Riyadhs

July 7, 2010 It’s the metaphorical Riyadh I need to find.  It’s the place– more spiritual than physical, more emotional than tangible— that will do for me what the actual Riyadh did for me. This is the message of the … Continue reading

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Serendipity

Serendipity I liked the concept of arranged meetings for the purpose of evaluating potential marriage partners. Even though the meetings were stressful, they cut through a lot of crap that the American system of dating ensures before getting down to business. … Continue reading

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