Posts by dalel

I’m mourning for Syria. It’s killing me every day.   As much as America is my country (born and raised in Steeler Nation) Syria is my country, too. One is my heart, the other is my soul. And I can’t function, one without the other. I’m waving a Terrible Towel in one hand, and a mesbaha (Arabic beads) in the…

Marriage is to Arabs what baseball is to Americans—their national pastime—except that it is much more fast-paced, even when the players are on steroids. It’s actually more like basketball–Hell, it’s March Madness! High speed, high energy, and rapid scoring! The Tabal The tabal is basically the bachelorette party. Again, it’s not anything like what you’re thinking. Trust me, Las Vegas, this is…

We’re not exactly the first to be invited to the annual holiday office party—and neither are they We’re both dark-complected and, some would contend, very suspicious looking.(Scoot over guys, we gotta make room for the Mexicans on this one, too.) Ultra conservative, narrow-minded, Archie Bunker types don’t particularly like us, or trust us, very much. There are those who think that…

Arabic women deal with very serious issues that they often feel powerless to change. Western women are raised to be extremely assertive and even fight for her rights. One who is both Arab and American is very often, very confused. Her one foot is planted firmly in a traditional world whose cultural rules haven’t changed in over 2,000 years. Her…

“Do I have to say more? One of the most dynamic speakers and writers that I’ve ever met has honored Wellesley and was the first lecturer in our First Annual Arab Awareness Week” – Mary Kaddah, Wellesley I am so proud of these amazing women!  So smart, intelligent, beautiful, strong and wise!  They are their own persons!  I am convinced that…

G-20 Pittsburgh — What a waste!!! (Disclaimer: The author does not endorse any kind of violence whatsoever, and does not minimize the importance of demonstrating on behalf of injustices and serious global issues. In fact, the author supports the right to protest — and condemns all forms of violence. Real message: protest — but don’t be stupid about it.) However, for those…

UNABLE TO PAY FOR COLLEGE …WHAT’S A GIRL TO DO? And the winner is….   “We got 11,000….Do I hear 12,000? … 12 for the pretty little Romanian! ….12? ….12 for a once in a lifetime fantasy… Folks, ya can’t beat the price! … 12 IT IS to the man with the white polyester pants and obnoxious gold chain! ……

And finally—sorry, I hate to say it, but—we both cringe in front of the TV set during a national tragedy. We’re hoping and praying. Praying, “Dear God,please,please don’t let it be one of us!” – Excerpt from FROM VEILS TO THONGS An Arab Chick’s Survival Guide to Balancing One’s Ethnic Identity in America. p. 102 When I wrote this 2 years…

Be careful. Be very careful. They all fell for it. Romeo and Julliet. Kais and Leila. Cleopatra and Mark Antony And now, you. Yes, you! Listen up. Ms.-Independent-I-don’t-need-a-man-to-take-care-of-me!Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and if you’re not careful, you could end up just like one of those infamous couples I just mentioned. Ruined forever! I’m serious! Do you hear me? You could,…

It happens every year. Hafli Wars! Yes — Hafli Wars! The intensity begins in the beginning of the holiday season, escalates around mid-December and culminates to the high breaking point on the night of Dec. 31st… The burning question…? Who’s gonna have the most SLAMMIN’ Hafli on New Year’s Eve?! It’s a mistake you can’t afford to make! You’ve got…

FROM VEILS TO THONGS: An Arab Chick’s Survival Guide to Balancing One’s Ethnic Identity in America

In FROM VEILS TO THONGS, Khalil exposes what she calls, THE REAL WAR ON TERROR, presenting a hilarious, yet poignant, Colbert-like take on living in cross-fire of the conservative Arabic and liberal American cultures