A beautiful story about the value of a woman’s work and true partnership

Growing up in the Arab world (a Western education and 8-year furlough in Canada, notwithstanding), I heard an oft-repeated phrase about women and marriage and motherhood. It loosely translates to “It is the wife who makes a home and keeps a family together…” or something along those lines…

The beauty of lost opportunities and truths learned with age in two heartfelt TED talks

Of late, I have been looking to the past more and more, regretting missed opportunities, contemplating the notion of self-reinvention, and whether or not it gets easier with age (I’m well aware that I may be in the throes of a mid-life crisis). The grating cliche…

Green building design – The only sustainable solution to urban sprawl

As an environmental consultant, I’ve had to change my perception of the environment over the years, especially the built environment. When I was a graduate student, I used to think that modernity, cities, infrastructure, the world as we know it, as I knew it, was anathema to nature…

Destigmatizing the idea of children with special needs in Egypt

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Rola Moemen, an Egyptian woman and mother of a beautiful little girl, called Tala, for a feature I was writing on her. Over the course of 2 hours she told me an incredible story. The story of…