Being A Girl: A Brief Personal History of Violence

Being a GIRL

The Belle Jar

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I am six. My babysitter’s son, who is five but a whole head taller than me, likes to show me his penis. He does it when his mother isn’t looking. One time when I tell him not to, he holds me down and puts penis on my arm. I bite his shoulder, hard. He starts crying, pulls up his pants and runs upstairs to tell his mother that I bit him. I’m too embarrassed to tell anyone about the penis part, so they all just think I bit him for no reason.

I get in trouble first at the babysitter’s house, then later at home.

The next time the babysitter’s son tries to show me his penis, I don’t fight back because I don’t want to get in trouble.

One day I tell the babysitter what her son does, she tells me that he’s just a little boy, he doesn’t know…

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Year 2: Day 140 – Two Fools

Two Fools…
Nothing but two fools😀

Charlotte Cuevas

A fool man will never stop
trying to get what he doesn’t want
‘cuz a fool man never wants
what he can get.

A fool woman never stops
waiting for what she thinks she wants
‘cuz a fool woman never wants
what she can get.

When a fool woman falls
for a fool man,
it don’t mean nothin’, baby,
just the world goin’ round

When two fools fall in love
it’s just another day
in the universe, baby,
just the world goin’ round

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Long time no write!

It has been a while since I last wrote in my blog!

2014 has been pretty hard on me and my family!

Not pretty! Horribly hard!

Thanks to a friend who just started her own blog, she kind of forced me back to WordPress.
I checked her posts to support her.
And thought, why did I stop doing it.
I need to write more! It helped me a lot!

Well!

Here is a thanks to a great friend, who I believe in deeply! And will always try to show her my support :D:

https://marinabeautystudio.wordpress.com/

you Go Girl!

Egypt: breaking boundaries

A year of reading the world

This was another recommendation from Roger Allen, Professor Emeritus of Arabic & Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. His number-one tip for Egypt was Nobel Prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz – and he should know as he met the great man several times and translated several of his books. However if I were looking for something other than work by the nation’s leading literary giant, he had several more suggestions up his sleeve from among the thousands of excellent Egyptian writers on the market today. Ain Shams University professor Radwa Ashour was one of these.

I thought about it for a while. On one hand, I was very tempted by Mahfouz: several visitors to this blog had written highly of his work and I was sure I’d be in for a treat with practically any of his books. On the other hand, though, I couldn’t help feeling that Mahfouz was a safe…

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