Cards Against Bigotry

Imagine the old woman in your life. Maybe she lives in a cramped apartment like yours, or across your suburban fence, or on the other side of your county road. Imagine what she thinks about when you say “the Middle East.” As someone who loves and has lived in the region, when she hears that phrase […]

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#IllRideWithYou and Other Kinds of Great Allyship

In the 4 weeks after 9/11 I wore a headscarf to school. I was 12. I did it because I had heard on the news Muslim women were being shot at for wearing visible symbols of their faith. I thought it was the most unfeminist thing I could think of to attack women for what they […]

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Jordan Geology Project: The 4.54 billion year view (OR: What we don’t know)

One of my favorite things about geology is how much we don’t know. For example, the earth is estimated to be 4.54 billion years old, but the oldest rock we have ever found is 4.28 billion years old. That’s 260,000,000 years we don’t know anything about. 260,000,000 is also longer than the amount of time it […]

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Jordan Geology Project: Caves are not made for people (Pictures from Qozhaya, Lebanon and Petra, Jordan. OR: an internet horror story)

One of my transitional moments between childhood and adulthood was when watching a nature program about caves (yep, you know the one). And watching people have to scramble over sharp rocks and use harnesses and ropes to get places, I realized: caves are not made for people. To that point, most of the thought I’d […]

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Jordan Geology Project: How stalagmites and stalactites form (a quick side-trip into Lebanon’s limestone caves)

After I was in Jordan in February 2013, my Mom and I went to Lebanon. I wrote a bit about it then, but didn’t get into the rock-fun we had. On one of our day-trips, generously arranged by our family-friend Adla Chantila,  the Director of Finance and Information Technology at the Al-Mukasad Foundation, we visited Qozhaya, the Monastery of […]

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