Traveling to Lebanon with Walif

There are just over 30 days left in 2016 before we gather to celebrate the New Year–that’s just over one month to use your vacation days at work before they expire. If you’re lucky enough that your vacation days carry over to next year, congratulations are in order,...

Recognizing the Beauty of Nature

You’re probably reading this on a computer screen, sitting inside of your home, under a roof that you pay for that shields you from the harsh cold of winter, the oppressive heat of summer, the wind and rain and sleet and hail that would otherwise present quite a...

Being a Leader Transcends Being a Boss

Certain words can evoke similar and powerful emotions in many of us when read or spoken aloud. The word “deadline,” might make you anxious or nervous, conjuring up memories of meeting deadlines at work–or perhaps missing them. The word “saxophone” might relax you,...

A History of Lebanese Art – Architecture

Lebanese Art I moved back to Lebanon somewhat recently, returning to the country in which I was born and spent a good deal of my youth. When you’ve grown up in a country and experienced it first-hand, sometimes it’s easy to take it for granted. When I left Lebanon as...
How Deaths in the Sports Affect Us

How Deaths in the Sports Affect Us

    In the past week, two very large American sports figures passed away somewhat suddenly. Despite drastically different circumstances, the reaction to the two deaths reminded us all of how human we are, and how quickly life can be taken away. And, when...
The Importance of Street Art

The Importance of Street Art

  Sometimes, it is called a crime. Sometimes, it is called vandalism. It’s called destruction of property. It’s called sloppy, messy, disgusting, destructive and, ultimately, a blight on an otherwise perfectly good city landscape. Other times, by some people,...
Learning to Appreciate Art

Learning to Appreciate Art

  For many years, for many decades, in many places and by many, many people, the question has been asked of what exactly it is that makes art real, true art. People point to artists like Picasso, who painted abstract piece, or Piet Mondrian, who painted, upon...

How the Olympics Bind us Together

Every two years, nations around the world gather their most impressive athletes and send them to a competition in which they will be pitted against similar athletes from around the world in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games, held every two years alternating...