Even though

I sniffed. Ah, lemon. The smell of clean. “Shukran, Fatiha,” I expressed my thanks as I followed my house helper out the front door. I loved Wednesdays. It meant a visit from Fatiha who doused my tile floors with buckets of water and “Monsieur Propre” (the Mr. Clean equivalent), finished my dirty dishes, and swept … More Even though


“What is a goodbye? It is an empty place in us. It is any situation in which there is some kind of loss, some incompleteness, when a space is created in us that cries out to be filled. Goodbyes are any of those times when we find ourselves without a someone or something that has … More Goodbyes

Crazy driving

We have now landed in the US, but this was a draft that I never posted. I won’t quickly forget driving in Morocco… When I step into the car my mind often goes to the 80s song by the Fine Young Cannibals, “She drives me crazy.” But I sing it with an “it” instead of … More Crazy driving

The Blanco Negro

The Blanco Negro is my new McDonald’s friend. Hot espresso swirled with ice cream, it can’t be beat! What is shown here is our usual ordering when I go on an afternoon date with Elizabeth. We both like salty and sweet, so dipping the fries in our preferred ice cream is satisfying. It won’t win … More The Blanco Negro

Familiar products

Here are some things that I buy weekly, if not daily, that I wanted to make sure I captured so I won’t quickly forget how much I depended on them. Milk in half liter containers. What I pretended was cream cheese.  Nice in a coffee cake. This is the yogurt company that I remember as … More Familiar products

A snail snack

The scent of spicy snails wafts with the breeze. Hannah squeals when she smells it and begs to have them. The snail man gives you a bowl of snails plus the broth for about 50 cents (US). The broth has many spices and is supposed to be good for your stomach. However, the microbes on … More A snail snack