Wish we can have 2 Ramadans/year


Ramadan is over. Eid is over. And now we are back to our normal life and daily long working hours.

I know that it wasn’t easy for people who had to fast in Ramadan, and that the shorter working hours is all about making it easy for them, but I have also witnessed the impact of the change or routine on the lives of people and how much it affected the social life at large.

For me, I loved it. Not just for the shorter working hours where I did have more time to relax, socialize and practice my hobbies, but also for the break off the routine that we follow along the other months of the year.

At times I wished that we have more than one Ramadan in the same year. Like one every 6 months. Don’t freak out guys, the second month I am wishing for would be without fasting. It would be just another month where people can break off their routine, have less work, and enjoy life.

I really wonder how much productivity would be decreased/increased with a 20-30% cut of working hours in another month like what we had in Ramadan if people are not fasting. I am sure that the impact on social life would be a significant one where it would add to people’s happiness and give them a push to be more effective in the other months of the year.

We can build on the proposed month of shorter working hours by making it more festive. Attracting more tourist and plan more celebrations. We can encourage the entertainment section to grow by having people with more time to themselves. The TV series would have another month to compete every 6 months rather than having to wait an entire year for that. We can encourage dieting and gym rather than fasting in this 2nd month. People can set goals and work on them with the extra hours they have on hand. People would find more time to communicate and socialize with each other just like in Ramadan.

I think that this idea is worth studying. Wish I am in a position where I can initiate such study and its affect on the economy and social life of this country. I am sure it does have more positivity than negativity.

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عالم ستي و الماضي والارواح و المعجزات


عند ستي كم هائل من القصص التي تصلح لملء مجلدات من الكتب لتوثيق تاريخ حيلة عائلة مسيحية فلسطينية و التغييرات التي حصلت في المنطقة خلال القرن الماضي. عندما تبدأ بالحديث, لا تستطع التوقف. لديها اسلوب جميل في السرد, تضيف اليه بعض الفكاهة, وتمييزه بلكنتها الريفية التي حافظت عليها الى اليوم. تتكلم بلغة تجعلك تتعجب للتغييرات التي طرأت على العالم. كأنما عالمها كان و مازال مليء بالسحر و الأرواح و المعجزات, بينما يفتقر عالمي من اي اتصال بعالم الغيب
تعا تكلك كصص الكديسين عشان تتكددس (اقلب ال ك الي ق لفهم المعنى) بدأت ستي بالحديث واصغيت انا
هظا خطرة ابن عم … (قريب للعائلة) موريس اجا يتجوز, و كان عنده بيت فيه صورة اثرية لمريم العدرا, من هاظوك الكديمات, بس مرته ما عجبتها الصورة و ما بدها ايياها في البيت, و عملتله ميت طوشة و شر عشان يشيلها, بس هوه ما ابل. وخطرة يوم كان اهله عاملين عزومة لكرايبهم. بس هي شرانية, و صارت تشطف يومها و ترمي المي عليهم. كانوا ساكنين فوكهم في الطابك الثاني. فا اجا موريس و ميسكها وحدفها من البردنة و طحشها من بيته
خطرة كان في البلد بنتين راهبات كديسات, راحوا حلموا بالعدرا. طلعتلهم بالليل و كالتلهم كوموا كولو لموريس “هظا انا الي طحيت مرته من الدار عشان هي ما بدها اياني فيه” ومن هظاك اليوم ما رجعت للدار, لليوم. كانت كوية! كال مابدها العدرا بالدار كال
تصمت ستي للحظات ثم تتابع في قصة اخرى (هذه اسمعها للمرة 100) و تقول
هظا خطره مرة ختيارة في بيت جالة كانت تصلي في كنيسة مار انكولة و خطرة من التعب راحت نامت. بس صحيت كان الكل مروح ومسكرين الابواب من برة بالمفتاح. هظول الابواب كبار كتير و بدهم اكتر من زلمة تيفتحهم. و هي الحزينة كانت مجهزه العجين عشان تخبز و حاطاه في الطبن (لا اعرف ما هو الطبن) فصارت تبكي و تصلي كدام صورة مار انكوله. يا مارانكوله يا مارانكوله عندي عجين تأخبزه و جوزي و الاولاد بدهم يتغدوا. و فجأه نزل مارانكوله من الصورة و فتحلها الابوب. و راحت تجري هي عند خطرة اخو سيد سيدك شحاده الكطان, هو كان المسؤول عن الكنيسة و بس عنده مفاتيحها. كالتله روح سكر ابواب مار انكوله. اضطلع فيها مستغرب, مالها هظي المجنونة, ما انا لسه هسا امسكرهم! فكالتله الكسة و هيك هيك الي صار. و لما راح يشوف لكا الابواب مفتوحة فصدكها
وتستمر ستي بالحديث من قصة لقصة, تجمع الواقع بالخيال, الماضي بالحاضر بابتسامة و فرح كأنما تعيش تلك الايام من جديد و كأنما اختفى الالم من جسدها الذي انهكه المرض و السنين

تاريخ الشعوب متشابه دائما


لقد فرغت للتو من قراءة قصة بيت الأشباح “ذا هاوس اوف سبيريتس” ل ايزابيل اليندي. تروي الرواية قصة عائلة في ثلاثة اجيال عاشت في تشيلي خلال القرن الماضي. تتنقل الراوية بين الحياة الاجتماعية للشخوص و تفاعلهم مع محيطهم و التغيرات الاجتماعية, الاقتصادية, و السياسية التي مر في تشيلي خلال القرن الماضي
ما يدعو للأستغراب و التأمل هو مدى تشابه تاريخ الشعوب. ما عاناه الشعب التشيلي خلال تلك الحقبة لا يختلف كثيرا عن ما عانته الشعوب العربية خلال القرن الماضي. الصراع الايدويولوجي بين الرأسمالية و الشيوعية حصد الكثير من الارواح و خلف الكثير من الدمار. و بينما كان هنالك حماس منقطع النظير عند الشباب لتغيير و تحقبق العدالة بين افراد المجتمع, نجد انه بالواقع, و كأي صراع دموي, انه في النهاية الافكار الافلاطونية و الاحلام الوردية للشباب تستغل لصالح الاقوياء الذين يستغلون انتماء الانسان لتحقيق غاية نبيلة في تحقيق غايتهم الخاصة, الا و هي القوة و الاستفراد في السلطة
للأسف, هنالك مجموعة من الشباب التي لم تتعظ من عبر الماضي, و للأسف امثال هؤلاء يتكاثرون في منطقتنا العربية كما يتكاثر الارانب. الكل حامل السلاح, في فلسطين, لبنان, و العراق. الكل يحلم بالقضاء على الاخر, غافلين ان طاقتهم تستغل من القادة لتحقيق ماربهم الشخصية
]يجب ان تفهم الشعوب ان الكفاح المسللح عمره لم يكن الحل لتحقيق طموحات الشعوب. هنالك دائما صراع على السلطة, هنالك دائما المستعد لاقصاء الاخر للتفرد بالقوة. يجب ان نمحي كلمة العنف من كتبنا السياسية. لايختلف الحكم الاجنبي المستبد عن الحكم المحلي المستبد. اذا اطمأن الحاكم ان حكمه مصان فأننا نستطيع ان نحدث التغيير. هنالك مساحة للجميع. لنترك القوة لحاملها و نستغلها لصالحنا بدلنا ان نوجهها ضددنا لأننا لا نعرف الحوار الا بالصراخ و فرد العضلات, التي و للأسف في اغلب الاحيان… ضامرة

"harmful to the dignity of the state"


“harmful to the dignity of the state”

Are you kidding me?

A critic of Jordan’s royal family was sentenced to two years in jail on Tuesday for sending e-mails abroad that the court ruled to be carrying “false news” and harmful to the dignity of the state.

While I hate what this guy Ahmad Oweidi al-Abbadi has been spreading on his site and his hatered speech against Jordan and its regeme, but I can’t see how our government can sue a person for his speech?!

Maybe this is all about last months law of monitoring online sites. They wanted to get this guy!

But it is a slap to our achievements of freedom of speech!

Human Rights Watch critisized the government move!

Which I find more harmful to the dignity of this state!

Parents should start kicking out their kids at 18


How much a social single behaviour can affect the whole economy of a country at large along with every single family income and expenses practices?

This is not about mocking the west blindly or trying to inject some social foreign behaviour in our own society that defies our culture and tradition. It is just a call to pay a closer look and study the effect of adults moving out of their parents houses at the age of 18 on social and economical aspects.

In the west, they live WITH their childrens. Here, we live FOR our children

A previous co-worker who lived for some time in the US said. His words hit home, having to grow up watching my parents struggle to maintain a decent life for me and my siblings while depriving themselves the least portions of entertainment and recreation.

At 29 years old, I am guilty of abusing my parents finance by staying at their house. My younger brother who is 23 years old is doing the so as well. They also still have another 16 years young boy to support through his remaining 2 years at school, 4 years at college, and another maybe around 5-10 years till he becomes independent and start his own family.

Yet starting a new family is not an easy task. I barely save a small chunk of my salary althought I am living with my parents. It would be a different situation if they kicked me out at the age of 18 where I would have learnt what it is like to depend entirely on myself for living.

We are fighting a culture of shame where we are importing workers from other countries to fill vacancies that our youth are resisting to take. Most of it has to do with their comfort of staying in their parents houses and benefiting from their parents income. Our youngsters have a great amount of energy that they don’t know what to do with. You see them hanging around the city with their daddy’s car, or stay late infront of their daddy’s TV till early hours in the morning. A lot don’t even bother to study and do well in their only task in their life at that time of succeeding in college.

I bet that the situation would be different if they had to pay their own expenses of living and college fees. Parents would benefit of the spare expenses to live a better life themselves. Having 3 children in average and having to support them till their late 20’s does eat from the quality of life of parents in Jordan where they don’t have to take this far because people can take care of themselves at the age of 18.

This habit of keeping children at home till they get married does also eat from equal chances. Rich people don’t have a problem sending their children to the best universities and then finding them the best jobs while benefitting in return with a stronger hold on their children’s lives. In the other hand, poorer people find themsevles struggle to maintain the daily expenses of their children at college then keep on supporting them till they find a decent job that usually doesn’t pay much.

Economy at large can benefit from the energy of youngsters. Imported workers would decrease. Shame culture would disappear. We would find less maniac drivers. Less youth problems. More independence for youngsters. Taking better responsibilities for youngsters. Better lives for parents.

Change is hard, and parents should learn that they are no abandoning their kids this way. It is just a mean to teach them how to live, and be able to live better themselves.

Change my family name!


Is it easy to change your family name in Jordan?
Before bashing me
You don’t have to change yours
I am talking about myself
and other people who would like to change theirs
as I know how much people in this country are pround of their family names
They build their identity..
Their safety..
Their relationships with others..
Their job potential..
Values…

For instance, if you want to call Batir
You say Wardam
and if you want to call Pheras
You say Hilal
and if you want to call Naseem
You say Tarawnah

They used to call me Zaghmout at school!
Based on my famiy name
Sometimes Zagnoot or Zaghloot or Sakhmout!
o those who hated me they said Sharmoot! :S

And I have always fought to set them clear
that my name is FADI!
and that my identity isn’t derived from my family name
Not because I am better than those people who derive their identity from their family names
but because (I hate to admit it)
My family name is quite weird
(how would I put it in a delicate way?)
and not so nice
and hard to spell
and is close in definition to za’3noot
as of very tiny!

My grandmother told me that my grand grand grand father used to have a small finger in his hand
that is why they called him zaghmout!
But why the hell I have to be connected to that old long forgotten man with the small finger?!?!
I mean, it isn’t like he bore thousands of children whom dominated this area of land!
The only Zaghameet left in Jordan are me, my father, and brothers!
(along with some few others)
But seriously, can’t I just change my last name?
I want to derive it from my own name
like fawaydeh for instance
Fadi Fawaydeh
Cool name, don’t you think so?
and my children would inherit it
for instance Faris Fadi Fawaydeh!
Perfect!
and my grand grand children would always carry my name
and refer to their greatest grand father
(which is me if you didn’t follow what I have been saying)

and then I would be starting Al Fawaydeh tribe
and I would encourage my children to procreate
Procreate, procreate, procreate
till we expand in numbers
till we become more than Al Abbadeyye
Natasha don’t get upset with me – I know that we would never reach your numbers!

But I seriously envy you!
I don’t have such tribal support!
But I will get it with Al fawaydeh
I give you my word!

Does anyone know how easy it is to change one’s family name?

I wish I am a bear!


I hate winter! Wish I am a bear so that to sleep the whole winter!

Long winter sleep

As winter draws near, bears eat almost continuously to stock up for a long winter sleep. Safe in a cave or hole, the bear will sleep from October until March or April.

Neyyalhom! They just enjoy spring and summer!