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I Am Wide Awake

A tribute to the man who was the master of the galaxies

I would like to formally thank the late Stephen Hawking for liberating me from my mental turmoil and stumbling blocks by offering me something very much needed: a second chance.

Florida teens: We are rooting for you!


I admit that I was totally wrong and biased in assuming that today’s kids, whether they are millennials or the upcoming members of Generation Z, show no aspirations to become responsible adults. After all, I assumed, this is the generation that is obsessed with nothing significant other than the latest trends in fashion, selfies, endless chit-chats on social media and video games. 

I am an American with an accent

I can’t imagine that after living for almost 40 years in this beautiful country of ours, the United States of America, I still feel that sense of awkwardness each time I am asked to pronounce and spell my name.

It all begins when people notice my accent, which after all these years shows no signs of letting go of me, and I am asked to fulfill their curiosity by providing information about my race and heritage.

‘Goodnight Moon’

I have always wondered if there are other parents like me who, after reading a bedtime story to their children, and after kissing them goodnight, look around the room to make sure no one is watching and then reread the same story, this time for their own personal pleasure and fulfillment. 

Yes, allow me to confess that there were many children’s books that I adored and read on my own time, perhaps because they touched that inner child in me that longed for mystery, innocence and pure fantasy. 

From LOLs to Lots of Love

A few weeks ago, I joined a group that practices mindfulness meditation. I have always been mesmerized by the calming effect of this ancient practice, but this was the first time I actually shared that experience while others were present. 

I should note here that the word “shared” should not be taken literally. Let’s be honest, there is not much sharing that takes place between people who spend most of the time with their eyes tightly closed. 

From LOLs to Lots of Love — a moment of tranquility

A few weeks ago, I joined a group that practices mindfulness meditation. I have always been mesmerized by the calming effect of this ancient practice, but this was the first time I actually shared that experience while others were present. 

I should note here that the word “shared” should not be taken literally. Let’s be honest, there is not much sharing that takes place between people who spend most of the time with their eyes tightly closed.