Beautiful Mama

Beautiful Mama
2 June 1924 - 23 December 2011

Life of Flowers

Mom and I - on my birthday

Mom and I - on my birthday

Queen Hoda

Queen Hoda

DEERS!

DEERS!
2011

JULY-AUGUST EVENTS!

JULY-AUGUST EVENTS!
2011

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain
July 2011

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Cheers!

Cheers!

Ramadan Kareem!

Ramadan Kareem!
August 2011

JULY-AUGUST BIRTHDAYS!

JULY-AUGUST BIRTHDAYS!

Nariman's 5th Birthday

Nariman's 5th Birthday
31 July 2011

Hany's, Engy's Birthdays

Hany's, Engy's Birthdays
Hany 8, Engy 6 August

Funny Animation!

SPECIAL EVENTS 2010

SPECIAL EVENTS 2010

Hany in Catania, Italy for One Year end 2010 till end 2011

Hany in Catania, Italy for One Year end 2010 till end 2011
Trip to Mount Etna, 8 March 2011

Xmas Eve 2010 at Mama's house - My G'kids

Xmas Eve 2010 at Mama's house - My G'kids

Nadine, Mohsen, Dido, Jumi, Stella, at Xmas 2010

Nadine, Mohsen, Dido, Jumi, Stella, at Xmas 2010

محسن احمد ممدوح عبد النعيم وزوجته ننادين فاروق عبد اللطيف

محسن احمد ممدوح عبد النعيم وزوجته ننادين فاروق عبد اللطيف
25 December 2010

Mother, New Year's Eve 2010

Mother, New Year's Eve 2010
CHEERS!

Prayers

Athan

ta-da!

ta-da!
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Thursday, 5 March 2009

Dr. Hany El-Barbary Wins First Prize for Invention!











Hany El-Barbary Wins First Prize, Over Egypt!



Announced on 19 February 2009, Dr. Hany M. El-Barbary, MD., FRCS, was winner of First Prize for best ‘Prof. Shawki Kamal’ research from the ESS for his new invention: A novel “Pelvitrainer”, which is an apparatus he built to help young practicing surgeons learn laparoscopic skills necessary to do safe surgery.

Contestants had to be doctors or researchers, under the age of 40 and the inventions were to be genuine and authentic, displayed in a 15 minutes slide show.

Dr. Hany presented the invention on the 18th of February 2009, and the results were announced the following day, 19 February 2009, with an award ceremony held at the gala dinner of the 27th annual conference of the ESS, at Cairo's Semiramis Inter-Continental Hotel.
(Hany is the son of Hoda Nassef, creator of this blog!)

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Iman Maleki's Fabulous Art























































Iman Maleki was born in 1976 in Teheran. From an early age he was fascinated with paintings. When he was fifteen, Maleki studied with Morteza Katouzian, the greatest realist painter in Iran, and ever since he has had many successful exhibitions of his paintings.




The most important exhibition to date was the “Exhibition of Realist Painters of Iran” in the Contemporary Museum of Art in Teheran (1999) and the “Group Exhibition of KARA Studio Painters” in the SABZ gallery (1998) and the “Sa'ad Abad Palace” (2003).

New Antiquities Unearthed!






Preserved Mummy Discovered

Egypt's archaeologists unveiled on Wednesday, February 11, a newly-discovered, completely-preserved mummy inside a limestone sarcophagus sealed 2,600 years ago during pharaonic times. The rare intact mummy, covered by a thin layer of dust, was unearthed at the Step Pyramid of Saqqara, one of the earliest large stone structures in the world. It is believed to contain up to 100 gold amulets in the folds of its linen wrappings, Egypt's chief archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass said.

h.n.

Saturday, 31 January 2009

G. A. Chandru - An Indian in Yokohama







G. A. Chandru - An Indian's History in Yokohama


An Indian’s History in Yokohama, Japan.

The family I come from believes in the Hindu faith, and has its roots in the Sindh province, in what is now part of Pakistan…. Under British rule, the people of Sindh were encouraged to travel … and act as … go-betweens between various cultures, in particular in areas of trade and finance.

Under these circumstances, my father was sent to Yokohama in 1917. He worked for my grandfather’s company Tarachand Parsram, and was sent to run the Japan branch which was located in Yokohama.”

G. A. Chandru relates the circumstances which led to the beginning of his family’s long history in Japan. An Indian resident whose personal history in Yokohama spans over 50 years, Chandru, the President of Nephews International, energetically details his family’s history as Indians in Yokohama.

Chandru’s father had moved to Yokohama in 1917 to manage a branch of his father’s business. However, after only three years he returned to India to aid in its struggle for independence from Britain. Thus, Chandru, who was born in 1924 in Sindh, never once laid eyes on Yokohama during his youth. Even so, during his childhood he held a great interest in Japan. “I recall how [my father] talked about the very high social and cultural standards of Japan. Whenever someone came back from Japan we received ‘Tombow’ pencils, fancy toys, and were shown the Japanese cameras. This created in our mind a very special admiration of Japan, of the beautiful designs and perfect performance in the products we saw.”

Chandru’s father came to and left Japan during a period when Indian trade of silk, cotton, and yarn was thriving; Indian traders had been active in Japan since the late 1800s.

Memorial fountain in Yamashita Park for the Indians who perished in the Great Kanto Earthquake

However, the prospering Yokohama silk and textile trade would soon be thrown into crisis by the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923. The earthquake, of magnitude 7.9, left Yokohama in ruins, and in the earthquake’s aftermath, large numbers of Indians relocated to Kobe with the aid of the Kobe city and national governments. However, a number of Indians later returned to Yokohama, and it is said that just before WWII, India was Japan’s third-largest trading partner, after the U.S. and China.

Merchants traded on slim profit-margins, turning profits only by moving large quantities of goods. They sold silk at-cost, earning money only on the sale of the wooden packing cases (petti) holding the silk, constructed from high-quality kiri wood.

However, the unfolding of WWII shook the Indian community and many left Japan, preferring that to the alternative of being interned in Japanese camps as British subjects.

After the end of the war in 1947, India’s newly-won independence from British rule triggered a religious conflict which tore the country into two: Pakistan, an Islamic state, and India, a secular state.

Chandru’s family became subject to intense religious persecution in Pakistani Sindh, and was forced to abandon everything and take refuge in India. There, Chandru became responsible for supporting his parents and siblings, and he remembers this period as the saddest in his life. However, the images of Japan were engraved in Chandru’s imagination, and in 1953 he sprang on an opportunity to try his luck in business in Japan. “I sensed a bright future [in Japan], a chance to work hard and have my hard work rewarded."

When Chandru arrived in 1953, though Yokohama was still rebuilding, Indian businesses had already planted firm roots. Chandru, who initially worked as the manager of an Indian trading firm located in Yamashita-cho, recalls his early years in Yokohama. “I worked hard day and night for 6 years…. in my 7th year, I started my own firm…. I called the company Nephew’s International, taking the name from the company which my Uncle has started with his nephews (myself included) in India during the British rule.”

Textiles and fabrics, mainly silk, remained significant exports through the 1950s; however, they were later surpassed in popularity by synthetic textiles such as nylon. By the 1960s textiles had become less profitable, and the trade of electronics, technology goods and sundries became more common. However, in general, as Japanese industries expanded their global networks, the need for the middleman was eliminated, and slowly Indian businesses either moved abroad or west to Kobe and Osaka.

Thus by the 1980s, trading in Yokohama had slowed, and many Indians sold their properties in Yamashita-cho or converted them to apartment buildings and parking lots. Some moved to Kobe or Osaka, and others returned to India. Currently there are only a small number of “old-comer” Indian residents in Yokohama remaining; however, there has been a recent influx of Indians coming from the IT hubs of India (Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Chennai) to work in software companies in Yokohama, as well as those who come through their work in multinational finance or engineering companies.

Darren Yamaguchi
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Mr. G. A. Chandru is a family friend since 40 years.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008







Sexual Harassment at Work;
Women’s Rights? … or Wrongs?!


By Hoda Nassef


Where are our so-called Women’s Rights in Egypt?

Sexual Harassment on the Workforce is the Rule in Egypt, and other Middle-Eastern countries, and not the exception. It is one big criminal action that we ignore, or dismiss as trivial! We brag about “women’s rights”, just to imitate the western countries, pretending that we are as civilized as they are, with real punitive laws! For women’s real protection? Let’s face facts… and tell it how it is.

How many SILENT women were and will always be especially harassed or abused at the workforce? What did they do about it? Did they protest? Object? Complain? Or just give in, to get that ‘job’? Does the law actually implement protection for women against sexual harassment? If there is no REAL law, then the harassers will continue making life hell for girls and women, thinking it is their holy right to bother women, and we can just like it, or lump it.

Well, it all depends actually on the fair-sex’s personalities, their upbringing, and how desperate they really are for getting the job that they applied for, and are qualified for. Maybe they need the money more than upholding their principles and religious views. Or, let’s admit it… maybe they don’t mind being harassed. You have all types of women, after all, just as you find all types of men…and by this I mean the male employers. Also, there are women harassers as well, but my concern is mentioning only the majority of sex-harassers: men.

Most employers use their positions or their offices to induce or coerce women to accept their unwanted advances; the uglier they are, the more they act the part of Don Juan, because they actually cannot attract any female outside of the office. As for the women who already have a job with the harasser; the higher their pays are, the more they are likely to accept the bosses’ advances, in order to keep their jobs. The unwritten rule is “use it, or lose it”!

And how many times have women tried to apply for jobs, and during the interview or first meeting with their potential male managers or employers, they would be duped into thinking that, ‘oh there’s a decent guy at last…he’s not staring at my legs or other parts of my anatomy’ – only to discover later that they are ‘seasoned’ harassers, and know when to play it down or act cool at first, in order not to scare away the ‘victim’. Yes, victim. She is eventually the victim of his advances, and if she doesn’t like it, then she can quit. He makes that very clear too, eventually, especially after he realizes that he’s not getting to First Base with her, and never will. And so, she usually does quit, instead of telling him to jump in the Nile River, or quit himself!

So, back to job hunting, and new CVs. But, how many times did women have to delete all their previous ‘job experience’? Personally, when I used to job-hunt, I had no way of explaining to my interviewers that I left so many jobs, because my bosses were literally almost chasing me around the desk…his desk or mine, doesn’t matter. Who would believe me? (It would often be in subtle ways, such as ‘accidentally’ brushing against her, while passing by…or on purpose, such as saying lewd words or so-called ‘compliments’.) So, I would often delete some jobs that I quit, thus, leave big gaps in my ‘career’. The next questions, if the interviewers were observant enough, would be why I wasn’t working during so-and-so period, and what did I do between jobs.

Getting pissed off by the inquisition, I would there and then decide that I didn’t want the job anyway, so my retort would often be flippant, such as, ‘I’m filthy-rich, and don’t really need the job,’ or, ‘I’m saving up for a world cruise, and you’re my last stop…for next month,’ … or anything dumb like that, just to get back at the idiots. Once or twice, however, I would admit that I was being harassed by the previous manager(s), and had no choice but to leave. Whether they believed me or not wasn’t the issue, but I avoided lying, whenever I could.

I will give you some hints on the types of harassers, and they come in all shapes, sizes, forms, age, and background. Following is my personal portfolio of all the freaks I’ve met…and each category of Freak consists of 5 to ten of them! I lost count….

Now, meet GM Harasser Number One: He’s ugly, so has an inferiority complex, and wants to prove to himself that he isn’t ugly.

GM Harasser Number Two: He’s an opportunist, and from a low background, and wants to get into the circle of this females’ friends and acquaintances; being attractive to boot is all the better for him, so why not give it a try?

GM Harasser Number Three: He’s a natural womanizer, and conceited, thinking that because he is attracted to the interviewee (you) at first sight, you reciprocate the same attraction!

GM Harasser Number Four: He’s married, but bored with his wife, and wants to renew his libido, stamina, or whatever he thinks is lacking!

GM Harasser Number Five: He’s married, relatively satisfied with his boring wife, but he’s getting on in age – or is middle-aged – or is actually old, and wants to prove that he isn’t; so, the younger she is, the better it is for his ego…libido, whatever!

GM Harasser Number Six: He’s actually drop-dead attracted to you, but you aren’t, and he will employ you, woo you, do anything for you, just to get you in bed, then drop you! (No, I was never that dumb, nor that immoral! So, gals, hang in there, and don’t go on ego-trips yourselves! Don’t believe everything you hear from these horny bastards. These types just go raving mad if you so much as dare to reject them, let alone politely turn them down. Then they turn downright vindictive, so…beware…let them down, nicely, if you can.) For him, it’s a Package Deal on First Sight; the Job AND Him, or you go the highway… and he goes the low way! (I heard that rhyme from one big ass harasser, by the way! He’ll know whom I’m talking about, if he reads this!)

GM Harasser Number Seven: He’s not so hot physically, and deep inside knows it; the less of a man he is, the more he tries to prove that he’s Tarzan…with you as Jane. He’ll stop at nothing to get you, and beware of this type too; he’ll defame your name (behind your back) and tell all his buddies and cronies that you were a one-night stand, or some such scenario. Anything in that line, just to secretly get back at you, and your rejection.

GM Harasser Number Eight: He’s a cool customer and you actually have no clue yet that he has an eye on you. You are employed by this type, and then start working in a relatively relaxed atmosphere, not aware that he is all the time calculating and laying out his strategy to lure you into his trap. Then one day he may casually invite you for lunch or a meal outside, making you believe that the whole company or department would be there. That happened recently to me; my boss invited me for Iftar, after making it known that the company always has one such occasion for the whole staff. Being new on the force, and unaware of the manoeuvre, I innocently asked him, ‘Who’s coming from the Department?’ His answer was a nonchalant, ‘It will be very limited.’ And then he gave me the name of the restaurant to join the staff at the appropriate time. The ‘limited’ staff was himself, alone! So, I was forced on a private date…after the meal, I new it would be the beginning of the end of my short career with them!
Officially Defining Sexual Harassment:

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Sexual harassment at work threatens your self-esteem and confidence; it stops you from working effectively, undermines your dignity, and can affect your health and happiness. Sexual harassment is unwelcome behaviour of a sexual nature, and even just one isolated act is enough to amount to it. It could take the form of sexual innuendo or lewd comments about your appearance or sex life, whether these are written or spoken. It could be a physical act, for example, deliberately brushing up against you or trying to caress you. Or, it could be more general, where, for example, the environment of the workplace creates a hostile or humiliating atmosphere for you. This could be the result of sexually explicit material displayed in the workplace, the downloading of internet porn by other employees, or other behaviour that creates an uncomfortable environment. Nobody should be subjected to it. The unfortunate reality is that it is happens all too often.

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual's employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual's work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.
If you are unhappy with the way your employer has dealt with your grievance, or if your harasser is your employer, then you should take legal action. You can bring a sexual harassment claim regardless of how long you have worked for your employer, or how many hours you work. This option is available to you whether you are a man or a woman, and whatever age or sexual orientation you are. If you have previously had a relationship with the harasser then you can still bring a claim. You can bring a claim even if the harassment happened at your job interview.
The employer cannot argue that he or she did not intend to harass. If the behaviour undermined your dignity on the basis of your gender then it is discriminatory by law.

Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to the following:

· The victim as well as the harasser may be a woman or a man. The victim does not have to be of the opposite sex.
· The harasser can be the victim's supervisor, an agent of the employer, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or a non-employee.
· The victim does not have to be the person harassed but could be anyone affected by the offensive conduct.
· Unlawful sexual harassment may occur without economic injury to or discharge of the victim.
· The harasser's conduct must be unwelcome.

International Laws not Adapted or Applied in Egypt:

Luckily for the American women, a variety of laws exist to protect them. When will these laws be adapted in Egypt? In the USA, for example, your employer has a duty to provide a safe system of work, safe equipment and competent employees. Consequently, he or she has a responsibility to protect you from harassment. They are also protected by the Sex Discrimination Act, which guards you against less favourable treatment because of your sex. Similar laws apply in Scotland as in England and Wales.

It is helpful for the victim to directly inform the harasser that the conduct is unwelcome and must stop. The victim should use any employer complaint mechanism or grievance system available.
When investigating allegations of sexual harassment, EEOC looks at the whole record: the circumstances, such as the nature of the sexual advances, and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred. A determination on the allegations is made from the facts on a case-by-case basis.

If you keep quiet about harassment, the employer might argue that the behaviour was not unwelcome at the time, or that you have fabricated the story after leaving the job. According to an Equal Opportunities Commission report in 2001, however, nearly half of all applicants bringing tribunal claims between 1998 and 2001 had not made formal complaints while still employed. The reasons given were fear of receiving poor references, fear of harming their careers, embarrassment and concern they would not be believed.

Prevention is the best tool to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace. Employers are encouraged to take steps necessary to prevent sexual harassment from occurring. They should clearly communicate to employees that sexual harassment will not be tolerated. They can do so by establishing an effective complaint or grievance process and taking immediate and appropriate action when an employee complains.

Sexual harassment claims are founded on the Sex Discrimination Act, on the basis that the (female) victims were discriminated against because of their gender. Furthermore, if their employers decide not to investigate, and the harassed leave their jobs because they can no longer bear the harassment, then they could claim constructive unfair dismissal. This means the employer's action, or lack of action, caused them to hand in their notice, even though the women/girls were not directly asked to leave.

European Union agencies have recognized that reluctance to complain is a distinguishing characteristic of sexual harassment. Employment tribunals are increasingly acknowledging that workers may have good reasons for delaying their complaint, and they examine the individual circumstances of each case when making decisions.
What action should you take?

If you are experiencing sexual harassment in any or all of its forms, then there are steps you can take. First, you should make it clear that you find the behaviour inappropriate and unwelcome. When you do this, speak clearly and do not smile or apologise. If possible, confront your harasser in front of another person who you trust. You could also write to your harasser, if you find it too difficult to directly confront him or her, and you should keep a copy of the document.

If the behaviour continues, keep a diary of when and where it happened, what occurred, and who was there to witness it. Report the behaviour to your employer, who is then obliged by law to take action to investigate it and prevent it happening again. Take notes of any meetings with your employer about it. Many workplaces will have a specific procedure in place to deal with such complaints.

If other people are experiencing harassment, ask them to keep notes as well and to also make a complaint. If an employment agency organized your work placement, then tell them. If you are a member of a trade union, it is a good idea to let them know about the problems you are experiencing. If your health is suffering, then tell your doctor. In some cases the harassment may technically amount to assault or another criminal offence, in which case you should report it to the police. At a later stage, if the harassment continues, you may need to prove that you took every step to stop the behaviour.
There are many other categories of harassers, but there would be no space to name them all. If you spot one during the interview, don’t think that you can take the job and smugly assume ‘oh, I can handle him.’ Some men stop at nothing. But, I want to point out that I am always conservatively dressed during interviews, and in fact am a bit conservative by nature, so don’t get the impression at the end that perhaps I’m giving out the ‘wrong signals’… I don’t. Or rather, I didn’t.

Unfortunately, there exists no real law for defamation of name, slander, and all types of male abuse and harassment. If on the job or workforce, it’s often a matter of His word, against yours. Hardly any colleague would risk losing his or her job, to take your side! There is no protection for women, and less for relatively attractive women, nor legal punishment for the abusers and harassers.

We women live in a jungle here in Egypt …and that’s a fact. Sexual harassment at work is a subject not mentioned nor defined by any laws here. The ‘victims’ are too embarrassed to complain, and find it futile even if they do. The more attractive she is, the more she has to struggle to survive, and the more she has to prove that she’s not an object of abuse, let alone keep her name and justified honour intact. At the extreme end of sexual harassment, even raped victims prefer to remain quiet, rather than sue the harasser and keep the stigma of shame. Somehow, they are always the ones to be blamed in the end.


h.n.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

"Bedouin Obama"!!!


'Bedouin' Obama!
Nearly 8,000 Arab Bedouins in northern Israel are claiming kinship with US president-elect Barack Obama. (Reuters)

Islam Online News:


CAIRO — Already having relatives extending from Hawaii to Kenya, nearly 8,000 Arab Bedouins in northern Israel are also claiming kinship with America's new president-elect, Barack Obama.

"We knew about it years ago but we were afraid to talk about it because we didn't want to influence the election," Arab Bedouin elder Abdul Rahman Sheikh Abdullah told The Times on Thursday, November 13.

"We wrote a letter to him explaining the family connection."

Abdullah, from the village of Bir al-Maksour in Galilee region, says his 95-year-old mother first noticed that Obama looked like one of the African migrant workers in the British-mandated Palestine in 1930s.

One of those migrants, who sometimes used to marry local Bedouin girls, was a relative of Obama's Kenyan grandmother, says Abdullah. Abdullah says he has papers and pictures supporting his claim, but would not divulge them until Obama is in the White House. "We want to send a delegation to congratulate him, and we know we'll get an answer soon."

Obama was elected America's first black president last week after crushing his Republican rival John McCain.

Born in Hawaii, the Illinois senator is the son of a Muslim-turned-atheist Kenyan father and a white American mother.

He lived from ages 6 to 10 in Indonesia with his mother and Muslim stepfather. Bedouins are traditionally pastoral semi-nomadic Arab tribes indigenous to the Negev region.

“Relative Obama”

Bedouins have been distributing sweets and dishes of baklava and pastries in celebration of Obama's election win.

"We knew he'd win," Abdullah said, constantly interrupted by a barrage of phone calls from well-wishers. "We have always been a lucky family.

Two baby boys born into Abdullah's large clan have been named Obama. Congratulators have been also flocking to Abdullah's region to pay their respects to the "Bedouin Obama".

"Everyone is talking about [Sheikh Abdullah's ties to Mr Obama] . . . They believe it," said Sheikh Issam al-Khalil from the occupied southern Lebanese town of Ghajar.

"The sheikhs from all the villages are talking about it. There's a whole delegation of Druze leaders coming from the Golan Heights to congratulate him."

Many Bedouins hope that their "relative" Obama will solve their problems. "We hope to God that Obama will solve the problem of Ghajar," said Khalil. Abdullah, the Bedouin elder, is also hopeful.

"We hope he'll end all wars and intervene here to solve our problems in Israel. The Bedouin are the people who suffer the most here."




Hoda Nassef



Monday, 4 August 2008

VITAMINS & MINERALS...where to get them







Getting Back In Shape!
By Hoda Nassef

Despite the persistent heat, it's time to get ready for the summer vacations. The following are some vitamin and mineral tips to perk you up, give you energy, and keep you in shape!


VITAMINS & MINERALS …

why you need them and where you'll find them.


Vitamin A Growth, skin colour & night vision - (liver, carrots, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, butter, margarine)

Vitamin B6 Red blood cell formation, helps PMS and nervous disorders - (cod, salmon, herring, bananas)

Vitamin B12
A great energiser, promotes mental health, helps prevent anaemia - (liver, oily fish, red meat)

Vitamin C Boosts our immunity to colds and infections, promotes healing and may protect us from pollutants - (oranges, lemons, kiwi fruit, blackcurrants)

Vitamin D Bone formation - (cod liver oil, herrings, mackerel, sardines)

Vitamin E An anti-oxidant, protects the heart, blood vessels and skin - (sunflower oil, peanut butter, avocado)

Vitamin K An anti-blood clotting agent - (green vegetables, yogurt)

Folic Acid Vital for preventing spina bifida in babies - (green leafy vegetables, oranges, liver, brewer's yeast, wheatgerm)

Calcium Bone formation - (dairy products, sardines, nuts and beans)

Iron Forming red blood cells - (red meat, dried apricots, wholemeal bread, dark green vegetables)

Zinc Growth, hormone function, male fertility, liver function - (shellfish, liver, cheese, wholemeal bread, eggs)

Magnesium Energy production, allows vitamins B6 and B12 to function, tissue growth and repair - (brazil nuts, cashews, almonds, brown rice, peas)

Iodine Function of the thyroid gland - (haddock, cod, mackerel, mussels)

Selenium Vital for the anti-oxidant process, protects against certain cancers and heart disease - (wholemeal bread, seafood, eggs, brewer's yeast)

Have a Healthy Life … Naturally!
h.n.

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Being A Mother



BEING A MOTHER

After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to take another woman out to dinner and a movie. She said, "I love you, but I know this other woman loves you and would love to spend some time with you."

The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my Mother, who has been a widow for 19 years, but the demands of my work and my three children had made it possible to visit her only occasionally. That night I called to invite her to go out for dinner and a movie.

"What's wrong, are you well?" she asked. My mother is the type of woman who suspects that a late night call or a surprise invitation is a sign of bad news. "I thought that it would be pleasant to spend some time with you," I responded "just the two of us." She thought about it for a moment, and then said, "I would like that very much."

That Thursday after work, as I drove over to pick her up I was a bit nervous. When I arrived at her house, I noticed that she, too, seemed to be nervous about our date. She waited in the door with her coat on. She had curled her hair and was wearing the dress that she had worn to celebrate her last wedding anniversary. She smiled from a face that was as radiant as an angel's.

"I told my friends that I was going to go out with my son, and they were impressed," she said, as she got into the car. "They can't wait to hear about our 'date'."

We went to a restaurant that, although not elegant, it was very nice and cozy. My mother took my arm as if she were the First Lady.

After we sat down, I read the menu as her eyes could only read large print. Half way through the entries, I lifted my eyes and saw Mother sitting there staring at me. A nostalgic smile was on her lips.

"It was I who used to have to read the menu when you were small," she said. "Then it's time that you relax and let me return the favour," I responded. During the dinner, we had an agreeable conversation - nothing extraordinary but catching up on recent events of each other's life. We talked so much that we missed the movie time!

As we arrived at her house later, she said, "I'll go out with you again. . .. but only if you let me treat you." I agreed.

"How was your dinner date?" asked my wife when I got home. "Very nice, much more so than I could have imagined," I answered. A few days later, my mother died of a massive heart attack. It happened so suddenly that I didn't have a chance to go help her.

Sometime later, I received an envelope with a copy of a restaurant receipt from the restaurant Mother and I had dined at. An attached note said: "Dear son - I paid this bill in advance. I wasn't sure that I would be able to be there; but nevertheless, I paid for two plates - one for you and the other for your lovely wife. You will never know what that night meant for me. I love you, son."

At that moment, I understood the importance of saying in time: "I love you" and to give our loved ones the time that they deserve. Nothing in life is more important than our family. Give them the time they deserve, because these things cannot be put off until 'some other time.'

Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after you've had a baby.... that somebody doesn't know that once you're a mother, "normal" is history.

Somebody said you can't love the second child as much as you love the first....that somebody doesn't have two or more children.

Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother is labour and delivery....that somebody never watched her "baby" get on the bus for the first day of kindergarten ... or on a plane headed for military "boot camp."

Somebody said a Mother can stop worrying after her child gets married....well that somebody doesn't know that marriage adds a new son or daughter-in-law to a Mother's heartstrings.

Somebody said a Mother's job is done when her last child leaves home....that somebody never had grandchildren.

Somebody said your Mother knows you love her, so you don't need to tell her... that somebody isn't a Mother.

Pass this message along to all the "Mothers" in your life and to everyone who ever had a mother. This isn't just about being a Mother; it's about appreciating the people in your lives while you have them....no matter who that person is:
"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."


H.N.

Miriam Makeeba - Pata Pata (Died Nov. 2008, at 76)

Evolution of Dance!

Andrea Bocelli

2 Funny Babies

Leila is born! 16 October 2009

Leila is born!  16 October 2009
"Stella" is 4 days old on my birthday...20 Oct.

Dido, Jumi - 2009

Dido, Jumi - 2009

Jamila - 2009

Jamila - 2009

Jumi - 2009

Jumi - 2009

Yasmine's Art 2009-2011

Yasmine's Art 2009-2011
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Yasmine's Art - 1

Yasmine's Art - 1

Yasmine's Art - 2

Yasmine's Art - 2

Yasmine's Art - 3

Yasmine's Art - 3

Yasmine's Art - 4

Yasmine's Art - 4
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Yasmine's Art - 5

Yasmine's Art - 5

Yasmine's Art - 6

Yasmine's Art - 6

Hany Winning Award - 19 Feb. 2009

Hany Winning Award - 19 Feb. 2009

1st Prize Award on 19th Feb. 2009

1st Prize Award on 19th Feb. 2009
Prof. Shawki Kamal Award

Hany in First Prize Acceptance Speech

Hany in First Prize Acceptance Speech
19 Feb. 2009

Farida, Nariman, Farah 2008

Farida, Nariman, Farah 2008

Farida, Farah 2008

Farida, Farah 2008
So cute!

Farida, Farah 2005

Farida, Farah 2005

First Birthday - Farida, Farah

First Birthday - Farida, Farah
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The Ghayaty Family

The Ghayaty Family

Grandfather Sheikh Aly El-Ghayaty

Grandfather Sheikh Aly El-Ghayaty
My maternal grandfather

Meme

Meme
My maternal grandmother.

Grandmother, with a hat.

Grandmother, with a hat.
My Granny when she was young.

My granny, with a hat

My granny, with a hat

Grandfather Aly Beq Nassef

Grandfather Aly Beq Nassef
Daddy's father, when he was older

Grandfather Aly (Beq) Nassef

Grandfather Aly (Beq) Nassef
Wearing his "nishan" (medal)

Letter from Sultan Fouad, to Grandfather Nassef

Letter from Sultan Fouad, to Grandfather Nassef
Ordering his 'bakawaya' medal ('nishan/)

Grandfather Aly Nassef

Grandfather Aly Nassef
Daddy's father, when he was young

My Beautiful Mother

My Beautiful Mother
Look-alike of Heddy Lamar!

Nasser and Nassef!

Nasser and Nassef!
President with Daddy

"Nishan El-Nil" for grandfather, from King Fouad

"Nishan El-Nil" for grandfather, from King Fouad
Sultan Fouad gave this Beh medal to grandfather

The Nassef Family

The Nassef Family

Nagat and Mona (cousins)

Nagat and Mona (cousins)
Cousin & Sister; both 3 years old

t. Hoda, t. Leila, Mama

t. Hoda, t. Leila, Mama
In Their Prime!

Sisters

Sisters
Yasmine & I, when we were a bit younger...and happier!

Guess Who?!

Guess Who?!
4 years old...Farida or Farah? No, neither!....ME at 4!

Curly Red-Head...Me!

Curly Red-Head...Me!
Just for fun...the fashion of Afro followed me!

The Crook

The Crook
Omar (Nyle) Nassef

Oh brother!

Oh brother!

Hany and I; when Hany was 18 years old

Hany and I; when Hany was 18 years old

Mama, many years later, without glasses!

Mama, many years later, without glasses!
Mother's Day - 21 March 2007

Mama prior to lens operations

Mama prior to lens operations
(Replacement of iris in both eyes)

Daddy at home in pyjamas, watching TV - 1993

Daddy at home in pyjamas, watching TV - 1993
About a year before Daddy passed away

Daddy in his Home Office after retirement

Daddy in his Home Office after retirement

Daddy and tante Leila during her visit, in the entree.

Daddy and tante Leila during her visit, in the entree.

Les Trois Graces!

Les Trois Graces!
Mama & tante Leila's Birthday, & tante Hoda

Mama and I - 20 Oct. 2004

Mama and I  - 20 Oct. 2004
On Yasmine's balcony!

Me, Rock Climbing!

Me, Rock Climbing!
Marsa Matrouh, 2005

Hany Dec. 2008

Hany Dec. 2008

t. Leila and I in 1985

t. Leila and I in 1985
At Yasmine's for Nadine's 5th birthday party

Fateha...Mohsen's Mom, Yasmine, Mother

Fateha...Mohsen's Mom, Yasmine, Mother

Farouk, Nadine, Mohsen, Yasmine

Farouk, Nadine, Mohsen, Yasmine
Fat-ha

Shab-kah

Shab-kah

I with Nadine and Mohsen, Shabkah

I with Nadine and Mohsen, Shabkah
Celebrating on Le Pacha 1901 restaurant boat

My Beautiful Niece Nadine Farouk Abdel-Latif

My Beautiful Niece Nadine Farouk Abdel-Latif
Bride awaiting bridegroom

Bride Nadine and Bridegroom Mohsen

Bride Nadine and Bridegroom Mohsen

محسن احمد ممدوح عبد النعيم وزوجته ننادين فاروق عبد اللطيNadine and Mohsen Ahmed Mamdouh Abdel-Aliem

محسن احمد ممدوح عبد النعيم وزوجته ننادين فاروق عبد اللطيNadine and Mohsen Ahmed Mamdouh Abdel-Aliem
Beautiful Couple - 2004

Wedding of Nadine and Mohsen

Wedding of Nadine and Mohsen
2004
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My Swiss Cousins

My Swiss Cousins
August 2006, Zizi, Max & Kids

My Beautiful Ballerina Niece

My Beautiful Ballerina Niece
Nadine 'flying'!

Mama's Birthday 2/6/2007

Mama's Birthday 2/6/2007
With tante Hoda at Chantilly for lunch

Hany and Family

Hany and Family
2007

Yasmine looking; Nadine; Mohsen with Dido

Yasmine looking; Nadine; Mohsen with Dido
Nadine's First Baby; one hour after Dido was born

My Son Leading A Surgery!

My Son Leading A Surgery!
Dr. Hany El-Barbary

Nephew Shadie, Mama, t. Hoda 2007

Nephew Shadie, Mama, t. Hoda 2007
Chantilly Birthday Party for Mama

Newspaper Clipping, Dec. 2007

Newspaper Clipping, Dec. 2007
Hany while operating!

Jumi and Dido Xmas 2007!

Jumi and Dido Xmas 2007!
(Jamila & Mamdouh)

Jumi and Ragdoll

Jumi and Ragdoll
El-Gouna; Autum 2008

Jumi (2 months), Dido (3 yrs) - Feb. 2008

Jumi (2 months), Dido (3 yrs) - Feb. 2008
Jumi (2 mos.) & Dido (3 yrs.)-2007

Jamila 2 months, Mamdouh 3 years old.

Jamila 2 months, Mamdouh 3 years old.
Jumi & Dido, February 2008

Zizi (Isis) and Max Shopfer, Xmas 2007

Zizi (Isis) and Max Shopfer, Xmas 2007

Zizi's Granddaughters, Xmas 2007

Zizi's Granddaughters, Xmas 2007
Margaux, Fanny, Lisa; Corinne & Andrea's children

Zizi's Daughter Corinne and Andre (Dede), Xmas 2007

Zizi's Daughter Corinne and Andre (Dede), Xmas 2007

Celebrating Mother's Day

Celebrating Mother's Day
Hany, Nariman, Farah, Mom, Farida

TG Fridays, Heliopolis

TG Fridays, Heliopolis
22 March 2008

Mom - and I in the corner!

Mom - and I in the corner!
22 March 2008

Yasmine makes me smile!

Yasmine makes me smile!

Yasmine in Magazine; 2008

Yasmine in Magazine; 2008
Hawaa Interview, March 2008

Farouk & Jamila, July 2008

Farouk & Jamila, July 2008

Jumi and Grandpa!

Jumi and Grandpa!
Adorable Jamila with Farouk

Farouk & Jumi

Farouk & Jumi

Jamila & Grandpa!

Jamila & Grandpa!
'Sahel El-Shemally' - July 2008

Farouk and Jumi, July 2008

Farouk and Jumi, July 2008

Paul Simon and Miriam Makeeba

Miriam Makeeba 2007

F R I E N D S

F R I E N D S

Renata, Oct. 2009

Renata, Oct. 2009

Renata, Enzo - 2009

Renata, Enzo - 2009

Renata with Twins

Renata with Twins

Renata; Friends in Callabria, Italy

Renata; Friends in Callabria, Italy
Summer 2007

Marcelle in Canada

Marcelle in Canada
2006

Enzo with twins

Enzo with twins
Renata's Hubby and Grandsons

G. A. Chandru

G. A. Chandru

Marcelle and Monique

Marcelle and Monique
2007

Beba and Bilo in Canada

Beba and Bilo in Canada
2006

Marcelle, Fifi, Beba, Renata, in Italy

Marcelle, Fifi, Beba, Renata, in Italy
2004

Tania Shahbour

Tania Shahbour

Erminia Kamel 2007

Erminia Kamel 2007

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
habibti mama

First Wedding Dance as a Couple (very funny!)

Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds (1970)

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Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds

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