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Bird flu can kill you

Several people have suggested I write a book on what it was like to live as anĀ  American woman in the Middle East. I’ve thought about it and it’s tentatively on the bucket list. Until I do, however, I do get the urge sometimes to record some of the more memorable anecdotes. For some bizarre …

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Messing around when I should be doing my homework

There is no better motivation for accomplishing the least important task on the To-Do list than having a major assignment due in two days and which has not yet been started. I’ve cleaned up all my e mailboxes, updated my Facebook page, subscribed to a few new mailing lists, visited all those “websites you should …

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Sarsou-er

Originally Posted by: Marie Vans on Friday, August 18, 2006 at 2:21am Coming from the US and most recently from Colorado where there are practically no bugs to speak of, one of the issues I’ve had to deal with is my fear of big, disgusting bugs. I’ve seen spiders the size of…. something really big …

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Call of the “WeeWow”

Originally Posted by: Marie Vans on Thursday, August 17, 2006 at 3:34am Things have calmed down considerably around here now, but it is a tense calm and we are all expecting things to flare up again if the international force doesn’t move into Southern Lebanon quickly. Fortunately, the pause in the shooting allowed us to …

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Of empty gas tanks or….Not

Originally Posted by: Marie Vans on Wednesday, August 9, 2006 at 1:22am Three days after “The Doctor Visit” I’ve recovered enough to look at the whole thing objectively and maybe with a little humor. As I said before, fear is a powerful emotion and its ability to affect the mind is amazing. As I was …

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Fear

Originally Posted by: Marie Vans on Monday, August 7, 2006 at 2:33am Fear is THE original emotion. It is the basis for everything that is going on in this hole-ly land. How you deal with fear makes the difference between life and death. Never in my life have I thought I’d be in this situation. …

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A Record Number

Originally Posted by: Marie Vans on Thursday, August 3, 2006 at 5:00am So yesterday a record number of rockets fell from skies into our Holy Land. It was obvious a record would be set by mid-morning when for at least 3 hours it sounded like the 4th of July in Wyoming (where fireworks are legal). …

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Dodging Rockets

Originally Posted: Marie Vans on Wednesday, August 2, 2006 at 3:38am Ok, so it’s been more than a year since I posted to my own blog. How pathetic is that? I guess now I really need to rant, being even more of a non-person than I was before…having been lowered to the position of “Technical …

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“David Copperfield” – A Return to Dicksonian Economy

Originally posted by: Marie Vans on Monday, June 13, 2005 at 1:28am What the heck is going on? A few weeks back a draconian bill was passed that basically puts the unlucky American who lost a job or has large medical bills out on the street, while United is allowed to stiff its loyal employees …

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My First Blog

Originally Posted: by Marie Vans on Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 5:01am I finally made the big leap into blog-ville. I’ve been thinking about it for a while because I need a place to vent. I’ve read too many blogs by other people and I figure it’s my turn. I ‘m an American living in …

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