Posts Tagged ‘identity magazine’

Ask Marwa: How to Cope with being Single on New Year’s Eve!

Ask Marwa: How to Cope with being Single on New Year's Eve!

Your letter took me fifteen years down memory lane; to a time when we, girls, used to do anything to avoid showing up single at NYE’s party. Some of us would start hunting a month before the big day while... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: My Boyfriend cannot keep a Job!

Ask Marwa: My Boyfriend cannot keep a Job!

The problem is he never stays put in a job for more than 4 months which makes it impossible for us to get married. I can't face my family and afraid if we do get married, we don't have income... (Continue reading)

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How to start your 40s with the right attitude?

How to start your 40s with the right attitude?

How to start your 40s with the right attitude? ... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: Estranged and Miserable at 46!

Ask Marwa: Estranged and Miserable at 46!

Dear Divine Woman Upon reading your message, I was more concerned about you as a person and your outlook on life than about your marriage and feelings of estrangement. This is why I intentionally decided to address you as “Divine Woman”.... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: Addicted to Summer Flings … Any Cure?

Ask Marwa: Addicted to Summer Flings ... Any Cure?

My advice to you is: don’t try to force yourself into a fake sense of readiness for stability and do not pretend to be someone that you are not. Until you are ready, be honest with yourself and your partner... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: I am an “uninteresting” person. How can anyone love me?

Ask Marwa: I am an

I am a shy 21-year-old girl, and feel I don’t know how to make friends. I only had one, but I honestly don’t like her that much but have no other alternatives. I don’t speak that much and don’t think... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: PLEASANT TOXIC LOVE

Ask Marwa: PLEASANT TOXIC LOVE

The tragic ending was due to him not being able to forget/forgive what I have done. Unexpectedly, I found that he suddenly realized that he couldnt get over my mistakes even though we have been together for quite a while... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: HOW WELL SHOULD A MAN AND WOMAN KNOW ONE ANOTHER?

Ask Marwa: HOW WELL SHOULD A MAN AND WOMAN KNOW ONE ANOTHER?

Let me share with you the story of the Chinese Mandarin!... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: My Girlfriend is Suffocating Me!

Ask Marwa: My Girlfriend is Suffocating Me!

I need my space! She texts me every second and if she isn’t texting, she’s either with me physically or on the phone. I tried to explain to her that I need to see my friends for a couple... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO THE WORLD OF REBOUNDS!

Ask Marwa: LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO THE WORLD OF REBOUNDS!

Dear Devastated Let me introduce you to the world of rebounds! A rebound is a relationship that is supposed to stop, or help you escape, the pain of another relationship – call it a painkiller, a band aid, or a quick... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: Divorced at 28 and Desperate!

Ask Marwa: Divorced at 28 and Desperate!

Everyone will judge you for the things you did, for the things you did not do, and for the things you want to do. During the upcoming phase of your life, you will learn how to become your own judge... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: I’m friends with my ex but I want more!

Ask Marwa: I'm friends with my ex but I want more!

You need to talk! I do not want you to be shy, confused, or incoherent! I want you to be sharp as a samurai on a silk scarf! Here is the strategy:... (Continue reading)

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ASK MARWA: HOW DO I GET OVER HIM?

ASK MARWA: HOW DO I GET OVER HIM?

I thought it would be easy to move on, but apparently I couldn’t. I tried to contact him again and I found him living a great life. He told me that I wasn’t a supportive person and that he got... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: Can a Woman have Sex every single Day?

Ask Marwa: Can a Woman have Sex every single Day?

Since we got married he made it clear that everyday intercourse is essential, not in a harsh manner, but in an undiscussable one. We had our ups and downs but the one thing that never stopped was his insistence of... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: How do I end a Sexual Relationship at Work?

Ask Marwa: How do I end a Sexual Relationship at Work?

I feel cheap and it kills me inside that he preferred that older woman to me. And I'm wondering why he did anything with me when he has another woman to have sex with!!! What should I do to get over... (Continue reading)

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A Journey towards an Identity!

A Journey towards an Identity!

Identity has been a witness to my personal journey towards an identity! Identity was there when I launched my book, when I became a relationships columnist, when I got pregnant, when Egypt revolted, and when Adam was born! Together we... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: Surviving an Abusive Marriage

Ask Marwa: Surviving an Abusive Marriage

There are many women who were in relationships with men who were sexually potent and they do not feel any better about themselves than you do; the sex left them feeling used, exploited and empty! They share your insecurities and... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: Will we get Married?

Ask Marwa: Will we get Married?

I know that my questions sound weird, but this is how you know if a man wants to be with you or not! There is a difference between a man who is fully open to the idea of the two... (Continue reading)

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ASK MARWA: MAN IN LOVE WITH HIS BEST FRIEND

ASK MARWA: MAN IN LOVE WITH HIS BEST FRIEND

Dear Confused Man Please do not talk about this again with your best friend and let me tell you why not.... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: How do we know we are ready to have a baby?

Ask Marwa: How do we know we are ready to have a baby?

How do we know we are ready to have a baby? What do we need to do to prepare ourselves for such a big change?... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: My Husband hits me because I am Desperate!

Ask Marwa: My Husband hits me because I am Desperate!

Just take the occasional slap and swallow your tears and pride until your time on earth expires! Maybe in another lifetime you would have the strength to take charge of your actions and decisions. Maybe then you would get a... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: I AM SPIRITUAL AND HE IS MATERIALISTIC

Ask Marwa: I AM SPIRITUAL AND HE IS MATERIALISTIC

I love him and I’m crazy about him but I’m afraid it will affect my life on the long term in every aspect of our lives. I’m also worried about the way will raise our kids; will we raise them... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: My BF would rather spend NYE with his friends!

Ask Marwa: My BF would rather spend NYE with his friends!

Yes, you should be worried! You should not be worried because the two of you will not spend New Year’s Eve together but here is a list of the things you should be worried about:... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: Love Triangle?

Ask Marwa: Love Triangle?

A monogamous relationship between a man and a woman is the most common form but it is not the only option. Some men are capable of being in love with more that woman and if he gets married to more... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: His Family is Conservative, Should I be Worried?

Ask Marwa: His Family is Conservative, Should I be Worried?

Your message is very alarming! If you examine the development of your relationship, when you were just dating his family’s influence was minimal, now that you are engaged their influence is deeper and violating, how do you think things will... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: Cold Feet – A Normal Phase?

Ask Marwa: Cold Feet - A Normal Phase?

Fighting him over his lack of interest or poor involvement will not change the fact that he resents how this marriage is happening. If you want him to get involved, then you need to clearly ask your parents to back... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: Healthy break or Healthy Breakup?

Ask Marwa: Healthy break or Healthy Breakup?

The healthy break does not involve disappearing or any other forms of manipulation and pressure. It also does not have an ultimatum feel to it, whereby it has a beginning and a deadline. A healthy break involves breaking away from... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: I can’t stop thinking about my fling guy

Ask Marwa: I can't stop thinking about my fling guy

I felt alive! My fling asked me to be with him but I couldn’t since I was still in love with my partner. My partner and I got back together and it seemed the right thing to do. However,... (Continue reading)

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ASK MARWA: I did not tell my family that my fiancee is divorced with kids!

ASK MARWA: I did not tell my family that my fiancee is divorced with kids!

I am currently engaged to a man who I’m really in love with. We met just a year ago and are currently planning our wedding. There is one thing though, he was married before and has two children. ... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: I am Jealous and Insecure!

Ask Marwa: I am Jealous and Insecure!

Your worries and fears are not to be easily dismissed; you have every right to worry! Any girl who loves her man dreads the day he might leave her for someone prettier, younger, older, more interesting, more experienced, or more... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: Am I harming my daughter by being too close to her?

Ask Marwa: Am I harming my daughter by being too close to her?

I know that a mother will always think of her babies as "her babies" no matter how young or how old they are but to actually spell it out in an email is a bit over the board. I would... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: Why would anyone love you if you are incapable of loving yourself?

Ask Marwa:  Why would anyone love you if you are incapable of loving yourself?

The way you feel about yourself is a form of low self esteem. People who have low self esteem either fail to attract the opposite sex, fail to maintain the attention and initial attraction of the opposite sex, or succeed... (Continue reading)

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To Risk or not to Risk – That is the Question!

To Risk or not to Risk – That is the Question!

In relationships the "danger, harm, and loss" carries the negative connotations of pain and misery, wounds and scars, and immediate family drama and personal trauma. I have always been an advocate of accountability and of people being fully responsible for... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: I am SICK of Dating Egyptian Men!

Ask Marwa: I am SICK of Dating Egyptian Men!

The bad news is that many of the guys you will meet are victims of typical Egyptian households one way or the other. The way boys are brought up in our culture neither promotes independence nor security. Most of the... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: My Husband is a Big Spender .. and I don’t like it!

Ask Marwa: My Husband is a Big Spender .. and I don't like it!

Your husband is one of the very few human beings who are still capable of feeling happy and still appreciate the gift of life. Most people nowadays are either numb or depressed. One way or the other most emails that... (Continue reading)

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A Peace of the Present!

A Peace of the Present!

Looking back at the emotional roller coaster that has taken most Egyptians for a nauseous 3 year ride, reminiscing on the ship-wrecked hopes and aspirations for a better country for us and for our kids, and thinking of the loss... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: Do I have to get married?

Ask Marwa: Do I have to get married?

Relationships are overrated! Love is overrated! All those romantic novels and movies filled our heads with ideas that do not necessarily belong there. Some people have an innate need for being with someone, belonging to that someone, and starting a... (Continue reading)

Ask Marwa: My BF is a puppy who shits on the carpet!

Ask Marwa: My BF is a puppy who shits on the carpet!

Dear girlfriend of a puppy Men flirt! It is in their genetic composition! Women also flirt … we all love the attention and the thrill!... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: Dating a DJ and jealous

Ask Marwa: Dating a DJ and jealous

Dating a man with a passion for something is an amazing experience! Just think of the sparkle in his eyes and the vivacity in his voice when he talks about music! I know that you want to come first and... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: I am married to an ATM machine

Ask Marwa: I am married to an ATM machine

There are two ways to consider when thinking of marriage, home, and kids; you can think in "I owe you; you owe me" kind of way where every role and contribution is carefully calculated and assessed. This manner of book-keeping... (Continue reading)

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Egyptian Women of Power @nsaadawi @bothainakamel1 @ghadasha @naglarzk @masrawya_magda3 @Nermbed

Egyptian Women of Power @nsaadawi @bothainakamel1 @ghadasha @naglarzk @masrawya_magda3 @Nermbed

March is officially the first month of spring! The world seems to have dedicated this month to the celebration of women. March 8 is the International Women's Day. March 16 is the Egyptian Woman's Day. March 21 is the Egyptian... (Continue reading)

Identity Magazine: Interview with Marwa Rakha

Identity Magazine: Interview with Marwa Rakha

From your experience, what should a woman do so that her man appreciates her and stays loyal? Appreciation and loyalty are not the same thing in a man's head! A man will appreciate a woman who loves him, shares his interests,... (Continue reading)

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In Search of Freedom! احنا ولاد الكلب الشعب

In Search of Freedom! احنا ولاد الكلب الشعب

Hello! My name is Baheya and I am Egyptian! Two years have passed since I have revolted against torture, abuse, nepotism, and injustice! Behold me now … do you see my face in detention prisons and military trials? Do you see me... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: Is he with me just for the sex?

Ask Marwa: Is he with me just for the sex?

Does he just enjoy us being intimate? Is he just a person who loves sex? Or is he taking me for granted and that’s the only reason he’s with me? Please tell me what to do.... (Continue reading)

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MORSI’S EGYPT – SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF A PESSIMIST!

MORSI'S EGYPT – SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF A PESSIMIST!

We have always known that there are dark creatures living in tunnels of their own – regardless of their name – their raison d'etre is women! They wake up in the morning and go to bed every night with one... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: Dating someone who is Suicidal

Ask Marwa: Dating someone who is Suicidal

In 1987 Dalida took her own life. Her suicide note said that life has become too unbearable for her and asked people to forgive her!... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: How can I make myself love him?

It took me quite a while to decide which direction my reply to you will guide you; leaving him or getting married to him!... (Continue reading)

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I AM ANTI-ISLAM!

I AM ANTI-ISLAM!

What do you call trying Kareem Amer in 2006 and trying Albert Saber in 2012 for denouncing Islam? What did Bishoy Kamel do to deserve being sentenced to 6 years in jail? What do you call evacuating people out of... (Continue reading)

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The Misfit #ThatAwkwardMoment #Egypt #Morsi

The Misfit #ThatAwkwardMoment #Egypt #Morsi

I keep reading drafts of our soon-to-be constitution and feel embittered by every clause! Seriously none of it represents me! The whole idea of shoving religion in my face is provoking my worst demons! Religion imposed on my daily life... (Continue reading)

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For Identity Magazine: Common Sense is not so Common these Days!

For Identity Magazine: Common Sense is not so Common these Days!

Silently, sadly, and solemnly … I have been observing events on the various Egyptian fronts! Once again I feel isolated and secluded; I am back to my solitary cell where I have been detained before I ever started blogging and... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: Physical Intimacy in Ramadan

Ask Marwa: Physical Intimacy in Ramadan

My problem is that, with Ramadan coming up, I’m not sure what the protocol is exactly for my boyfriend and I, in terms of physical intimacy.... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: I am engaged and I am dying to kiss someone else

Ask Marwa: I am engaged and I am dying to kiss someone else

So here I am now having strong feelings towards this girl and all I want from her is a kiss. I just want to kiss her. I am not a horny dog and I am not looking at her in... (Continue reading)

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To vote or not to vote? What difference does it make?

To vote or not to vote? What difference does it make?

Sixth: Nothing will ever change! The change demanded by the people does not need another one man show with all the strings and puppets in his hands! If any change is to be seen, Egypt needs a president who is... (Continue reading)

Ask Marwa: In love with a married man

Ask Marwa: In love with a married man

I will not give you the typical speech that focuses on you being a home-wrecker and him being an irresponsible jerk who does not deserve his wife and coming baby. I will do my best to explain to you why... (Continue reading)

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Dear Former President Mubarak, Sir!

Dear Former President Mubarak, Sir!

Can you imagine that Egypt has/had four Islamist presidential candidates? The Muslim Brotherhood clearly said that they have no interest in running for presidency – they threw Khairat El Shater as their official candidate and when the court refused his... (Continue reading)

Ask Marwa: I am married to a man who is eating away my self-esteem!

Ask Marwa: I am married to a man who is eating away my self-esteem!

I am married to a man who is eating away my self-esteem! He tells me that compared to the women he used to know before marriage, I am unsexy and unattractive. He tells me that I turn him off, that... (Continue reading)

Ask Marwa: Divorce after 2 Months?

Ask Marwa: Divorce after 2 Months?

You are not alone! Many men and women realize from the first day of their marital lives that they made a mistake and that they got married to the wrong person. Let's be realistic about your situation and then it... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: Man asking: Is it a Middle Age Crisis?

Ask Marwa: Man asking: Is it a Middle Age Crisis?

All human beings have this so called "middle-age crisis" but it manifests itself differently from one person to the other. Also the "middle-age" term does not really have to be taken literally; some go through this crisis as they approach... (Continue reading)

THE TRIAL OF DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS – WHY WERE THE NGOS RAIDED?

THE TRIAL OF DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS  - WHY WERE THE NGOS RAIDED?

That is the one million dollar question! Let me give you five good reasons why the NGOs were raided: ... (Continue reading)

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ASK MARWA: How do I stop myself from beating my newborn?

ASK MARWA: How do I stop myself from beating my newborn?

I received this email a few years back and I was horrified! What kind of mother would beat up her newborn like that! I replied to that woman telling her that she should be thankful and that she did not... (Continue reading)

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ASK MARWA: How to raise a happy secure well-mannered baby?

ASK MARWA: How to raise a happy secure well-mannered baby?

I am very new to motherhood as you know so I will do my best to reply to your question according to what I have been reading and my little experience with Adam. ... (Continue reading)

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ASK MARWA: Career? Love?

ASK MARWA: Career? Love?

I am a 21 year- old ambitious girl, with dreams of becoming successful in my career. I am dating this amazing guy who is perfect for me, and I am aware that this is as good as it gets and... (Continue reading)

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ASK MARWA: Not All People Are Marriage Material

ASK MARWA: Not All People Are Marriage Material

I am a man in my late 20s. My life can be easily be defined as a series of bad relationships; I have this ability to always go for the worst possible option, lately though I’m in this stable relationship... (Continue reading)

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YOUR CRIMES ARE DOCUMENTED ON OUR LAPTOPS #NOSCAF #Jan25

YOUR CRIMES ARE DOCUMENTED ON OUR LAPTOPS #NOSCAF #Jan25

Over the past 9 months the decisions and actions of SCAF have been a constant disappointment for Egyptians; almost every Friday, there was a demonstration of some sort fighting one form of injustice or the other. Egypt has not changed!... (Continue reading)

The @DrBassemYoussef Show

The @DrBassemYoussef Show

Early March 2010, Hala Diab – my friend and Dr. Bassem's wife – posted a link of the first episode of The Bassem Youssef Show – The B+ Show as it was originally called – on my wall on facebook.... (Continue reading)

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TELEVISION FOR GOMHOREYAT MASR EL ARABEYA! TV FOR THE NATION!

TELEVISION FOR GOMHOREYAT MASR EL ARABEYA! TV FOR THE NATION!

One happy morning the colors on my television decided to stick to green and blue! I insisted on watching. A few days later, my receiver broke down! I took it as a sign from above that TV is bad for... (Continue reading)

Ask Marwa: I am in love with my best friend’s husband (Identity Magazine)

Ask Marwa: I am in love with my best friend's husband (Identity Magazine)

I often go out with Aly on my own and Dalia hasn’t a problem with it, she trusts me so much. She asks him at times to drive me home if it's late or go out with me for... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: I am a rape survivor (Identity Magazine)

Ask Marwa: I am a rape survivor (Identity Magazine)

I know that living in a religious strict society like Egypt, I couldn’t face the world as a raped victim; I know it’s not my fault but still in our society it’s hard to be accepted. Who on earth... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: 10 reasons your “not-a-husband-yet” might not be sexually interested in you

Ask Marwa: 10 reasons your

I salute you for your courage and self-awareness; very few girls take the time to think of the sexual compatibility between themselves and their future husband. Your problem is not as simple as it seems; let me divide it into... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: Put your Ego Aside

Ask Marwa: Put your Ego Aside

The man had an affair for 3 years and you did not even notice … this means that you can go on living with him and he could go on having his two women! I know you hate me for... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: Fling Lady

Ask Marwa: Fling Lady

I do not see the problem! I read your email several times and I still failed to identify your problem. They way I see it is that you have a husband that you love, kids that you adore, a steady... (Continue reading)

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From the Diaries of a Pregnant Feminist: My Obstetrician

My OB is not some young kid who has been practicing for a few years; he is one of the best - if not the best - in Egypt! He has all the experience, knowledge, training, and talent needed for... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: The Key Word is: REVOLUTION #Jan25

If your mother is like our former president Mubarak and she thinks that she is doing this for your best interest because you are totally incapable of taking charge of your own life, and if you are like the many... (Continue reading)

Ask Marwa: #Jan25 Political Discussion Victim

This is indeed the first time I receive such a problem:) I wonder how the two of you managed to keep such differences bottled up and shoved down for 8 years! Political opinions are not separable from any other opinion... (Continue reading)

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Identity Magazine: Revolutionary Girl – Cafe #Jan25 #Egypt

Identity Magazine: Revolutionary Girl - Cafe #Jan25 #Egypt

“I am no longer afraid” she said, “I no longer fear my father! I no longer fear people! I no longer fear cats! I no longer fear loneliness! I no longer fear the streets! I no longer... (Continue reading)

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Identity Magazine: Special Coverage – Marwa Rakha’s personal favorite chants! #Jan25 #Egypt

Identity Magazine: Special Coverage - Marwa Rakha’s personal favorite chants! #Jan25 #Egypt

Marwa Rakha’s personal favorite chants! هتافات الثورة المفضلة عند مروة رخا... (Continue reading)

Identity Magazine: Special Coverage – Interview with Ramy Yaacoub #Jan25 #Egypt

Identity Magazine: Special Coverage - Interview with Ramy Yaacoub #Jan25 #Egypt

Cleaning out the corruption will not be as easy as many thing. We are faced with entrenched, intertwined culture of corruption that has, unfortunately, become part of the fabric of society. It will take a long while to clean it... (Continue reading)

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Identity Magazine: Special Coverage – Interview with Cindy Abdel Aziz #Jan25 #Egypt

Identity Magazine: Special Coverage - Interview with Cindy Abdel Aziz #Jan25 #Egypt

During my calls with Anthony earlier, I could hear the screams of women, children and men as pro-Mubarak thugs attacked them. I urged Antony to return home and told him that Ben of CNN had reported an exit near the... (Continue reading)

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Identity Magazine: Special Coverage – Interview with Mina Zekri #Jan25 #Egypt

Identity Magazine: Special Coverage - Interview with Mina Zekri #Jan25 #Egypt

I was so happy when I saw the pictures of Copts guarding Muslims while they prayed and it was fantastic to see a Christian pastor praying for Egypt while hundred thousands of Muslims cry loud AMEN! Unbelievably hilarious!... (Continue reading)

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Identity Magazine: Special Coverage – Interview with Mohamed El Nadi #Jan25 #Egypt

Identity Magazine: Special Coverage - Interview with Mohamed El Nadi #Jan25 #Egypt

In general I really couldn’t sleep much for the past 20 days or so, mainly due to a general feeling every time I try that there are other heroes who are there in the cold, alone, in total fear... (Continue reading)

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Identity Magazine: Special Coverage – Interview with Ramy Raouf and Sarah El Sirgany #Jan25 #Egypt

Identity Magazine: Special Coverage - Interview with Ramy Raouf and Sarah El Sirgany #Jan25 #Egypt

Those 18 days taught me that people shouldn't be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of their people. Governments can't prevent facts from showing-up whatever they do. I believe solidarity between Egyptians and from our friends worldwide was... (Continue reading)

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Identity Magazine: Special Coverage – Interview with Khaled Abol Naga #Jan25 #Egypt

Identity Magazine: Special Coverage - Interview with Khaled Abol Naga #Jan25 #Egypt

I participated like every one of the Millions of Egyptians who did - for the hope of a better Egypt, for Change, for Freedom, for Social justice, and for setting up a true democratic civil and modern state.... (Continue reading)

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Identity Magazine: Special Coverage – Interview with Mona Seif #Jan25 #Egypt

Identity Magazine: Special Coverage - Interview with Mona Seif #Jan25 #Egypt

I remember how they hit us bad. They shot tear gas at us, I saw people running and screaming, and all I could remember was the tweeted instructions "Do not rub your eyes" I tried, I really tried, but my... (Continue reading)

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Identity Magazine: Special Coverage – Interview with Sarah Naguib #Jan25 #Egypt

Identity Magazine: Special Coverage - Interview with Sarah Naguib #Jan25 #Egypt

And who could forget the President's speech on the 10th of February, after our hopes were high and our spirits soaring, we all crashed and burnt. Despite my efforts all day to keep my expectations low and draw up the... (Continue reading)

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Identity Magazine: Special Coverage – Interview with Mohamed Ragab and Mohamed Maree #Jan25 #Egypt

Identity Magazine: Special Coverage - Interview with Mohamed Ragab and Mohamed Maree #Jan25 #Egypt

Mohamed Maree believes that a picture speaks louder than 1000 words. When I interviewed him, he highlighted the facts that he was an Egyptian whose mission in life is to reveal human rights abuses, torture cases, lack of freedom of... (Continue reading)

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Identity Magazine: Special Coverage – Interview with Tarek Amr and Nadia El Awady #Jan25 #Egypt

Identity Magazine: Special Coverage - Interview with Tarek Amr and Nadia El Awady #Jan25 #Egypt

I didn't participate in the first day of the revolution. I was a bit scared, a bit unconvinced that it will change anything, and I prefer to follow such events on twitter and facebook instead of participating in them.... (Continue reading)

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Identity Magazine: Special Coverage – Interview with Kareem Amer and Ahmed Ayad #Jan25 #Egypt

Identity Magazine: Special Coverage - Interview with Kareem Amer and Ahmed Ayad #Jan25 #Egypt

My theory on change was that we have to change the base – the wide base of the Egyptian population! Only when people changed, they could apply the necessary pressure on the regime to end corruption. During my prison time... (Continue reading)

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Identity Magazine: Special Coverage – Interview with Salma Hassan #Jan25 #Egypt

Identity Magazine: Special Coverage - Interview with Salma Hassan #Jan25 #Egypt

I do not think I will ever get over the pain of seeing our own Egyptian policemen shooting our own Egyptian protesters while using all means of suppression like rubber/real bullets, tear gas and water hoses on peaceful unarmed Egyptians.... (Continue reading)

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A Fly on the Table – Short Story

A Fly on the Table - Short Story

That day I wished I were a fly on the dirty table they were sitting on! I wished I could lip read! I wished I could have super eavesdropping capabilities! I wished I could just join them and that they... (Continue reading)

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TO ALL MARRIED WOMEN AND MEN: MY HUSBAND

TO ALL MARRIED WOMEN AND MEN: MY HUSBAND

Dear women complaining of your husbands, Before I answer your questions, I would like to set some ground rules here! I want you to remember the following:... (Continue reading)

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Daughter asks: Where is Pappy?

Daughter asks: Where is Pappy?

Listen Y, I do not know the ideal scenario to deal with your daughter for I am very new to this motherhood thing myself. But if I were you, I would be very honest and would not lie to her.... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: How do I know that my Husband is Cheating on Me?

Ask Marwa: How do I know that my Husband is Cheating on Me?

Dear Marwa How do I know if my husband is cheating on me? I do not want to overreact or accuse him when he is innocent. Can you give me guidelines or directions or clues or anything to find out if... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: Do you think that men marry women just for the sex?

I cannot talk to my mom about this but do you think that men marry women just for the sex? It is just disgusting! My question to you Marwa is: when a woman chooses her lifetime partner in this... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: I cheated on my fiancé with his cousin

I cheated on my fiancée with his cousin! I know it is horrible! We only kissed in the car but my fiancée found out from his cousin and he left me. A month later, I called him and apologized. Now... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: First Date Disasters

Ask Marwa: First Date Disasters

The fun, the sparks, the excitement is gone! This is why he was distant when you met again. He looks at you and remembers your scars. When you love someone, you love their scars but when you barely know them,... (Continue reading)

Ask Marwa: Married Man wants Out

Ask Marwa: Married Man wants Out

Dear Married Man What is the purpose of your email? Why did you write to me?... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: Violent Man – Stay or Leave?

Ask Marwa: Violent Man - Stay or Leave?

He says that he loves me but his actions do not say so. He broke in tears when we were leaving, but I think that this is just pathetic acting. Don't you? He says that he wants me and that... (Continue reading)

Ask Marwa: He is a DANCER!

Ask Marwa: He is a DANCER!

If you do not trust him, then you need to work on this jealousy thing. Remember that he has dozens of options and he chose you, he will have a dozen more options and he will still choose you …... (Continue reading)

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Sexually Harassed at Home!

Sexually Harassed at Home!

Sexually Harassed at Home! Wait! Do not turn the page! Do not say it will never happen to my daughter! I had to delete many parts of the story to secure the anonymity of the sender; nonetheless, the story remains horrifying!... (Continue reading)

Ask Marwa: The Blonde Girl

Ask Marwa: The Blonde Girl

I have a huge problem and I really need advice. For the past seven years, he was my colleague in the morning and my phone buddy at night. We only talked about work and I loved listening to him. I... (Continue reading)

Ask Marwa: A Hole in My Wedding Gown

Ask Marwa: A Hole in My Wedding Gown

I need serious advice here. It all started with a hole in my wedding gown. Let me start from the beginning. I have been dating the greatest man on earth for the past three years and we are planning to... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: Monster-in-Law

Ask Marwa: Monster-in-Law

I am writing to you about my "monster in law". Don't get me wrong! I am neither referring to not my mother in law nor to my sister in law, or to any of my in laws for that matter.... (Continue reading)

Ask Marwa: How do I make him love me again?

Ask Marwa: How do I make him love me again?

When I first met him, I was not in the mood for a relationship; I was content and self-sufficient. I have had it with men and relations, focused on my career, and developed a variety of hobbies that left me... (Continue reading)

Ask Marwa: On the Issue of Revenge

Ask Marwa: On the Issue of Revenge

Revenge! I will not bother you with the details of how we met! I will not bother you with the 5 years of torture that I experienced when I was married to him. I will not share the ugly details of... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: How can I change my partner?

Ask Marwa: How can I change my partner?

I have been married since 2004 to a great man. He is everything I ever wanted; kind, caring, responsible, and a great father. There is one thing about him that I wish I could change: My husband is totally anti-social!... (Continue reading)

My husband is addicted to porn movies!

My husband is addicted to porn movies!

Marwa, my marriage is falling apart! I am married to a great man; a perfect father and a responsible husband. Since the beginning of our marriage, I noticed that my husband has a hidden stack of DVDs in a secret... (Continue reading)

When is Divorce a bad idea?

When is Divorce a bad idea?

I have been married since 2000 and I have a 7 year old daughter and a newly born baby boy. I am a university graduate but I have never worked before. My husband is in the media industry and he... (Continue reading)

How insecure wives lose a husband in 10 days!

How insecure wives lose a husband in 10 days!

When I faced him, he didn't say much. He just said that he just went to a formal presentation with her once as per his supervisor's request. I am going crazy! If it was so, why didn't he tell me?... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: Wife-Beater: Stay or Leave?

Ask Marwa: Wife-Beater: Stay or Leave?

I have a question. Should a woman get divorced if her husband hits her? This is my case. My husband started hitting me since our honeymoon and on average, he hits up to 2 times a year though this has... (Continue reading)

Ask Marwa: Married Woman having an Affair with a Married Man

Ask Marwa: Married Woman having an Affair with a Married Man

I am having an affair! I am married with 3 kids and I am having an affair. I am an Egyptian Muslim woman who is having an affair with a married Christian Italian man living in Egypt. I feel dirty... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: Single 40 year old male looking for a wife!

Ask Marwa: Single 40 year old male looking for a wife!

I know that most of your readers are women but I hope you do not ignore my letter just because I am a man! I am a 40 year old man who has never been married. I have been in... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: I cannot forget him

Ask Marwa: I cannot forget him

I really loved him but I had to move back to USA for college and after I moved we started having problems and we broke up! It's been a year and a few months since we broke up and I... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: I like him BUT

Ask Marwa: I like him BUT

This might be a very silly problem, maybe more of a teenager problem than a 22-year-old one! Here is the thing: there is "this person" in my lecture hall, who I've noticed since the beginning of the last college year.... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: Guy in the Cave

Ask Marwa: Guy in the Cave

I have the best boyfriend in life. We have been together for two years and we are planning to get engaged by the summer. He just got his first job and since that happened he has not been the same.... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: Rage and Anger

Ask Marwa: Rage and Anger

I am a 24 year old second year law student and I am full of rage and anger; my brothers have nice decent girlfriends in their lives, my dad loves them more than he loves me, I have no friends,... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: I am in love with a boy at school and I’m too shy to talk to him.

Ask Marwa: I am in love with a boy at school and I'm too shy to talk to him.

My young lady, please allow me to correct you; You are not "in love with" the boy; you are "attracted to" him. To say that you love him means that you have an open communication channel and that you actually... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: The woman and the other woman

Ask Marwa: The woman and the other woman

Some people would think that he is just playing with me but I can honestly see that he loves me and that he cares for me the same way he loves his current girlfriend. When I'm upset about something I... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: I left him! I am hurting

Ask Marwa: I left him! I am hurting

I know my problem will sound weird to most people but I wish you could understand me. I was in a long-term relationship and it ended. I ended it. I had to end it. Most of your articles that deal... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: October 2009

Ask Marwa: October 2009

Hello Princess If you want this relationship to work ... or any other relationship to work I want you to know the following: 1) There will be times when your man is super attentive and there will be others when he is... (Continue reading)

Ask Marwa: My husband does not work

Ask Marwa: My husband does not work

I am a 24 year old married woman. I have been married since December 08 and I am currently 8 months pregnant. I have a beautiful home and a husband whom I love deeply. He is my age and he... (Continue reading)

ARE YOU A JERK MAGNET?

ARE YOU A JERK MAGNET?

I am the unluckiest person on earth. I have had four consecutive failed relationships and I do not know why they failed. They were all with men who showed a lot of interest and care. The long outings, the endless... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: July 2009

Ask Marwa: July 2009

I have a tendency to try to "fix" any man I get into a relationship with. I spot the defects and I know how to fix them, so without any hesitation, I bring in my "Miss Fix-Him" kit and I... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: Emotional Roller Coaster

Ask Marwa: Emotional Roller Coaster

I use to date this guy for 3 years. We had many problems and we used to fight a lot. Then one day he told me that he will break up with me and that he will date another girl.... (Continue reading)

Ask Marwa: I have had it! Mama’s Boy

Ask Marwa: I have had it! Mama's Boy

I met a man who is kind and sweet but he is mama's boy. He is so attached to her. He calls her several times during our outings, he tells her where we are, what we are doing, what we... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: How do I know that he is THE ONE?

Ask Marwa: How do I know that he is THE ONE?

How do I know that he is THE ONE? We have been dating for a year and I heard you talk about uncertainty; I feel uncertain. He wants to propose and I wonder if there is someone out there who... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: How to build your inner sense of security?

Ask Marwa: How to build your inner sense of security?

I need you to help me with an issue; it is not a man and women thing. My problem is that I never felt that I am attached to anything or anyone. I think that because we as a family... (Continue reading)

Ask Marwa: I love-hate her

Ask Marwa: I love-hate her

I am a 25 year old man and I need to ask you a question: Is it normal to love someone when you hate everything about that person? Am I normal? What do I do? ... (Continue reading)

Ask Marwa: I want to hate him

Ask Marwa: I want to hate him

Everything got weird, whenever he avoided me I avoided him until last he was closer than ever; always trying to look out for me from a distance and watch out for me that my best friend noticed it too. Then... (Continue reading)

Ask Marwa: I want to die (Virginity … AGAIN!!)

Ask Marwa: I want to die (Virginity ... AGAIN!!)

I am ashamed of myself and my fiancee calls me names, beats me up, and always reminds me of my sin. I cannot sleep. If I leave him I will never get married and if my family found out they... (Continue reading)

Ask Marwa: Was it love?

Ask Marwa: Was it love?

3) I guess you were in love with your colleague but your love was not strong enough to make you wait for him to make a move or to tell him before you made your move and got engaged. He... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: My mom is prettier than I am

Ask Marwa: My mom is prettier than I am

I am beginning to feel jealous of her and I asked her not to pick me up from school again. I do not want to go into details about what happens on the beach, at weddings, or even while walking... (Continue reading)

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Laugh and the whole world laughs with you … weep and you weep alone

Laugh and the whole world laughs with you ... weep and you weep alone

Countless articles highlighted the importance of laughter and humor; how it prolongs your life, why it is a natural anti-aging solution, when it is the ideal way out of an embarrassing situation, where it is cute and adorable, what makes... (Continue reading)

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Ask Marwa: My mom is driving me crazy

Ask Marwa: My mom is driving me crazy

I am sending you this email because I want you to discuss the parent-child relationship. I am sure that I am not the only one who is suffering because of a parent-related problem. I have a chronic problem with my... (Continue reading)

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My attempt at an Ethical Will

My attempt at an Ethical Will

Back in 2005 I learnt the meaning of having a purpose in life and I came to realize that we are all going to die - there is no surprise here - but how we lived our lives is what... (Continue reading)

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Searching for Laila’s Identity (Kolena Laila Initiative)

This year's theme was to gather audio testimonies and stories from elderly women like mothers and grandmothers, or from women who do not use the internet. Such authentic audio testimonials gave Laila an air of vividness and were expressive; they... (Continue reading)

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Things Couples SHOULD NOT Take for Granted

Things Couples SHOULD NOT Take for Granted

This piece is an attempt to remind each man and woman who is in a relationship of the things they take for granted and shouldn't.... (Continue reading)

DID YOU JUST GET DUMPED?

DID YOU JUST GET DUMPED?

The dumping scenario triggered my long history of messed up relationships and I decided to list for you the top ten repetitive lines a man says when he is hesitating or when he is walking away - be it in... (Continue reading)

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ENVY – THE ULCER OF THE SOUL

ENVY – THE ULCER OF THE SOUL

"Are you comparing me to Marwa Rakha?" exclaimed a female writer in a casual chat with a blogger friend of mine using her usual flippant wit that I used to admire when I first got to know her. I will... (Continue reading)

Say “NO” … while you still can!

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An easy guide to men who are BAD for you ... from The Poison Tree, Planted & Grown in Egypt... (Continue reading)

Temporarily Insane

Temporarily Insane

They wanted more money ... I was not heard ... they had the upper hand ... I felt oppressed ... in that dreary office, their voices drowned in the restlessness of my heart ... their images became distorted in the... (Continue reading)

From one Flirt to another

From one Flirt to another

I stood in front of my mirror and pulled my hair back to have a full view of my face; I examined each line and each feature as I entertained thoughts of all the compliments that I will get tonight... (Continue reading)

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From the diary of a single independent female in Egypt

From the diary of a single independent female in Egypt

I am now sitting on my cozy sofa in my new living room absorbing the warm orange tones that surround me. The walls, the sofas, the carpets, and the radiant heaters in my fireplace seem to congratulate me on my... (Continue reading)

I wanna live forever

I wanna live forever

How I love those lyrics! The first time I heard that song I was a fat ugly kid that excelled at being invisible. I managed to put on my invisible hat at school, in the club, among family, and in... (Continue reading)

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Harping on a Keyboard called Life

Harping on a Keyboard called Life

This "thing" differs from one person to the other. We are all born with a drive to live, succeed, achieve, and overcome pain and grief but, unlike laptops, the buttons are not standardized on every keyboard. I have selected people... (Continue reading)