Book Project Update #5

I hit a key milestone in the Tatreez & Tea book project this month… I printed my first draft copy of the book! After reaching a fairly substantial word count in the manuscript,… Continue reading

Book Project Update #4

Tatreez & Tea is not going to be a traditional Palestinian embroidery book. The work I completed this month emphasized this aspect of the project. I am contributing something new to the world… Continue reading

Book Project Update #3

  Since the last book project update, I’ve spent most of my personal time writing and organizing the content for the book manuscript. During the fall, after my last research trip to Portland,… Continue reading

Down to the Creek

From our maroon house so safe, I’d take a hidden path down to the creek, Full of questions until satisfied with answers undeniably oblique. My mind wandered north and divagated south, From my balled up fists to my unspeakably… Continue reading

Book Project Update #2

Many of those that participated in our fundraising campaign for the Tatreez & Tea Book Project have begun following Yaffaweya this past week.  Ahlan wa sahlan! I hope that my updates bring you satisfaction in knowing… Continue reading

Book Project Update #1

As many of you know, I am currently working on a book project about Palestinian embroidery with my mother. My mother expressed her desire that I write a book about Palestinian embroidery ever since I… Continue reading

El-Safarjaal (Quince) Season

In loving memory of my dear brother, Dr. Adnan Ghalib Abbasi. Story by Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim Translation by Wafa Ghnaim Brothers and sisters, it’s that time of year when quince, or el-safarjal (السفرجل), is… Continue reading

Cloudy Blue

This quarter is brimming with the restless, So we rest in trust and truth, As I profess to you my selfish mess. My solitary thoughts mist in my reach, I try to resist… Continue reading

In Memory of Khaltu Souad

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ Yesterday we lost a beautiful, strong, loving, devout and funny woman, my Aunt Souad. I was blessed to have experienced her hospitality during my visits to Jordan and Syria.… Continue reading

To See Life

What you want is in my blood, another kind. Weeping, I offer peace in my tears. Inflamed, vellicated and distressed by the winters breeze, I convulse and pulse to the darkness my imagination confronts.… Continue reading