I sat inside a cafe on Hamra street…

I sat inside a cafe on Hamra street today. My novel, a novel I brought with me from Istanbul, was on the table in front of me. I took off my eyeglasses and bent down on the table, reading.
On my left hand, my Large Mocha stood faithful.
In the pocket of my hoodie, my iPhone relaxed. In my ears, Majida Roumi sang “Kalimat” (Words).
I glanced outside the glass at the street. It was out of focus. There were red, yellow, and grey colors. on and off.
I felt very very safe. And very very happy. In this beautiful city. The Switzerland of the Middle East.
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My mother told me a couple of days ago that when we returned to Beirut late in 1982 after the Israelis left, I cried. I wanted to go back home (an abandoned house we took for refuge in Aley).
Random thought: If I first registered Aley as my home, no wonder I was never able to call Beirut home. It is a nice city and all, but it is NOT home.

I am sharing this from another website where…

I am sharing this from another website where I took a “Find your Spirit Animal” Quiz. I gotta say it is fun, just as most things that waste time is also fun.

Here is my result:

You are a Owl! (your score: 27)
Powers: Human lie-detectors
Owls are keen, perceptive and skeptical. You’re adept at getting to the truth, making you an ideal investigator or attorney. Your insights into the less honorable side of human nature can make you a bit cynical, but your numerous friends appreciate the dark sense of humor it brings.
Best matches: Hawks, Foxes, Spiders
Watch out for: Wolves, Horses, Otters

My second animal spirit:

Hawk (your score: 22)
Powers: Communicate with the divine, discern powers in others, photographic memory
Hawks are the messengers of the Spirits. Adept with language, you might be a writer or a teacher. Your ability to assess situations impartially means that people often seek your guidance before making decisions. A brilliant visionary, you sometimes forget the mundane details of life like eating, sleeping, or paying bills.
Best matches: Owls, Foxes, Spiders
Watch out for: Otters, Bears, Horses

And my third animal spirit:

Swan (your score: 21)
Powers: Foretelling future through dreams, dream-walking
Swans are idealistic, open-minded, and passionate. Your good nature often leads people to think they can take advantage of you, but they should be careful—beneath that serenity lies a fighting spirit. Your love is fierce and unconditional, fueled by the certainty that it should last forever.
Best matches: Wolves, Horses, Otters
Watch out for: Cougars, Foxes, Hawks

Just because I am trying to do anything to distract myself from some horrible news…
Always Alhamdulillah…