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Palestinian Embroidery

There is a richness in the textile heritage of this region, the clothing, the embellishments, the techniques . . . influences from Africa, from India, from Europe all meeting and blending in the most spectacular ways. This is textile heaven!

Today I was trying to find an example of a traditional Jordanian head-dress so I could show Little Diamond but instead I found this blog Arabesque Rhapsody and her beautiful article on everyday Palestinian embroidery. When you look at these women, wearing dresses that took hours, days and months to create, it is a feast for the eyes.

May 31, 2007 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Blogging, Communication, Community, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Middle East, Uncategorized, Women's Issues | Leave a comment

Rare Case of Lying

In today’s Kuwait Times is an article I found utterly hilarious – WHAT WAS HE THINKING????

Exam Fraud Discovered

Kuwait: The director of a secondary school in Khaitan discovered a first of a kind cheating case wehre an unidentified young man sat for a Quran exam instead of one of the school students, reported Alam Alyawm, noting that being unable to identify the young man and suspecting him, the director requested an ID to verify his true identity.

Sources said that the examined young man confusingly showed a driving license belonging to the student he had substituted. Realizing his fraud had been discovered, the young man fled the school leaving his exam paper and driving license behind.

Upon contacting the real student, he told the police that his driving license had been missing and that he had lodged a report with the police in this regard. Further investigations are in progress.

Uh . . . yeh, I bet they are. 🙂

I am sorry, this just gives me such a giggle. Cheating on a Quran exam? ? ?

Before I wrote the above, I had to do a lot of thinking . . . like the bible, our book, does not say “thou shalt not lie” as one of the 10 commandments, neither is it one of the two great commandments in our New Testament (love the one true God before all others, love your neighbor as yourself), so what does the bible say about lying? Fortuntately for us, there is Google, and the internet, and you can click on What the Bible has to say about lying if you want the specifics. It reminded me that Satan is called “The Father of All Lies.” *shiver* That’s good enough for me.

There are several places in the bible, however, when even good people lie, like because they are scared or because they don’t want to face the wrath of God. One is Sarah, when the messengers tell her she is going to have a baby and she is something like 80 or 100 years old and she laughs, she can’t help it, Sarah laughs. And God says “Sarah! Are you laughing at me! I can do anything!” and Sarah lies and says “oh no, Lord, I wasn’t laughing.”

Since the Bible and the Quran spring from the same spiritual source, I am willing to bet the Quran also has a few things to say about lying and dishonesty, and fraud, and how you can’t fool Allah or cheat him.

Anyone out there willing to step up and educate us?

May 31, 2007 Posted by | Community, Crime, Cross Cultural, Family Issues, Humor, Kuwait, Lies, News, Social Issues, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Dead Man Walking

An Irish joke:

Paddy’s wife bought a new line of expensive cosmetics guaranteed to make her look years younger.

After a lengthy sitting before the mirror applying the “miracle” products she asked, “Darling, honestly what age would you say I am?”

Looking over her carefully, Paddy replied, “Judging from your skin, twenty; your hair, eighteen; and your figure, twenty-five.”

“Oh, you flatterer!” she gushed.

“Hey, wait a minute!” Paddy interrupted. “I haven’t added them up yet.”

May 31, 2007 Posted by | Family Issues, Fiction, Health Issues, Humor, Ireland, Joke, Lies, Marriage, Relationships | 2 Comments