April 27, 2020

We sat on his bed.  He’d snuck in a big bag of M&Ms into his room and the routine was always the same. He’d open the bag, and separate the chocolate colored ones from the rest. The dark ones were his, the colored ones were mine. This was fine with me because I always g...

April 17, 2020

Destiny is easy to accept when things are going your way. When they’re not, we choose to no longer call it destiny, but injustice, treachery, or bad luck.

This story is about a woman whose destiny wasn’t easy to accept. A woman that struggled with life’s dualities like...

March 30, 2020

Turning in my bed, my eyes open, I knew it was time to wake up. Looking over at my alarm clock, the same red digital display in the dark, it was 5:03 AM. Funny, I thought to myself, that I have an alarm clock that I use to check the time. I wouldn’t know how to set the...

March 4, 2020

Zone 1. Here I was again. Somewhere in Europe waiting to board another plane to a destination in Africa. As usual, this Africa bound flight was originating from the most dilapidated terminal, in the middle of massive reconstruction, and the flight was to depart from th...

January 12, 2020

As is my habit, I arrived too early for my departing flight. That day in particular I anguished over boarding another long haul aircraft to somewhere dreading spending several hours alone.

Going through security, I felt a gentle touch on my shoulder. She said, “Khaled”,...

November 26, 2019

He walked into the restaurant looking older than when I had seen him last. He glanced across the room and when he saw me his face lit up. I was happy to see him too. As he approached, I could see the lines on his forehead had become more prominent with each line like a...

August 15, 2019

When I acquired the knowledge, I reached the twilight of my career. When I had all the answers, the questions changed. When I was sure of failing, I succeeded. When I learned to cry, I became dull to pain. When I mastered the skill of forgiving, treachery ended. When I...

July 10, 2019

At the crack of dawn, half awake and half asleep, he laid there thinking was it all in a dream. She was laying beside him and he reached out to touch her, but it was all a figment of his imagination. He had dreamt of a woman he’d dated many years ago, a dream that was...

March 4, 2019

He saw her look at him in awe. Eyes that had seen pain they didn’t deserve. Trust she had given that had never been earned. Partly broken yet trying to heal, a part of her heart she could no longer feel.

She told him he was the smartest man she’d ever met. Not knowing h...

February 28, 2019

I watched some of Michael Cohen’s testimony yesterday. As Donald Trump and I went to the same high school, Kew Forrest School, I was astonished to hear Cohen say this: “When I say con man, I’m talking about a man who declares himself brilliant but directed me to threat...

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