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National Day

  Last week the UAE celebrated its forty-first birthday.  My children point out with great glee that I am older than the country. Why they think that’s so funny, I’m not sure, but they find it to be a laugh riot. Last year was the big four-oh for the country, and like most of us when we hit those decade milestones, they pulled out all the stops: several nights worth …

As-salaamu aly akum

We’re a long way from home today, on Thanksgiving.  I mean, we’re a long way from home all the time, but on a day like today it’s a little bit harder than usual.  Usually I’m scurrying around the kitchen making a mess, swearing occasionally, but mostly loving that I’m cooking for people I love (why that feeling doesn’t carry over into the regular work week, I have no idea).  But …