May you all turn your darkness into a very bright future!

In two weeks, I am glad to announce that it will officially be three full years of my living here in the United States. Three long years of tears, happiness and achievements. What an extraordinary opportunity I have received in coming to this country! I consider myself not only incredibly fortunate to have been chance…

Math + Arabic + Syria

  How I was taught math in Syria (how math looks in a different language) Ilearnt math in High School in Syria in Arabic. The same principles of calculus, algebra, trigonometry, and everything hold in Syria (thankfully, a thing that still unifies us as humans) but it’s just using different symbols. So instead of using…

Aleppo

  Aleppo, one of the oldest cities that has been continually inhabited is going through what might be the toughest time in its life. Aleppo is the biggest city in Syria, and probably one of the richest cities with the great culture that developed throughout history. Aleppo has always been famous for its iconic artists, great…

Happy Syrian Teacher’s Day

I’ve used to celebrate this day [Syrian Teacher’s Day] when I was in Syria every year. [I celebrated this day] since the age of 6 when I started going to school. I used to visit my favorite teachers at their homes to wish them a happy teacher’s day. They had a great impact in my…

Windows of the Soul, Damascus

  I cant write about Damascus without feeling jasmine climbing upon my fingers… I can’t utter its name without tasting the juice of apricot, pomegranate, mulberry, and quince… Can’t remember it without sensing a thousands doves perched on the wall of my memory, and another one thousand flying… I am haunted by Damascus even when…

Jase: A Story of a Syrian Tribe (Part I: Introduction)

Syria has always been diverse and Syria as a whole is defined by every single Syrian and by every religion, ideology and social structure that exists in its land. As being a member of a tribe, and as I see our heritage being diminished under this tragic situation in Syria, I want to share with you the story…

The Syrian Phoenix

“Mohamad Duma” “What a cruel thing war is…. To fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors…” Robert E. Lee* General (1807–1870) US Civil War The words of Lee, have definitely reached the heart of the artist who he says that he “draws on death” and creates something for the living –…

The Father of Syrians did not die today

As I browse through my Facebook trying to choose my words wisely before writing this post, I can hardly find any expressions whether in Arabic or in English to describe the face that is showing literally in every post by my Syrian friends.    Pictures of one old man with my friend as a kid;…

The Mosaic of Syria

We, as Syrians have represented many peoples for thousands of years, many religions and nationalities. But, I discovered that across the different layers of my society when someone is good at something, a scientist, an artist, a cook, a guitarist, a programmer, an athlete, too often, she/he always seeks to prove himself alone, and plays…

Let it be فــــلـــتــــكـــن

To Brothers and sisters in Syria Before I go to bed I will always say a prayer for all of them alive or dead if the peace may come one day A Syria for you and me we should spread the love live like brothers and let it be   Elias E. Youssef a graduate…

You think all languages read numbers the same way? You are wrong

Even though this blog isn’t about linguistics, I’m going to talk about this interesting linguistic comparison. Language is a big part of what our brains process everyday, and when it comes to numbers. Our brains process numbers in a way that depends on our Native Language. However, this process can be altered when we use…

Let’s Research and Publish!

I’ve been staring at a blank page for a while now. I am at a sad situation of speechlessness. Or should I say that I have so many thoughts clouded in my head that I don’t know where to start to sound “appropriate”? Being Syrian, there are a million ways to start an article, especially…