A Tale of Two Lebanons

a tale of two lebanons with a tree one in a bad condition and the other part in a greenery and sunny condition

A century ago, famed Lebanese poet Gebran Khalil Gebran wrote, “You have your Lebanon and I have my Lebanon.” His words still ring true, as seemingly two Lebanons have emerged. One is the old Lebanon—still living in its shadowy past, where the nation is split among populations, geographies, sects and classes. With senseless wars and […]

Roots and Routes: A Swedish-Lebanese Tale of Exile and Belonging

Illustration of a tree and its roots in red, blue, green and yellow colors

My first contact with Sweden was through the film Scenes From A Marriage by the “demon director” Ingmar Bergman. The projection took place in one of Beirut’s smaller cinemas. Not surprisingly, we were a handful of people sitting stuck to our chairs. There was some kind of enchantment over the characters in the movie, we […]

The Mic Is Yours to Grab at Sidewalk Beirut

Poet Lisa Luxx, Photo by: Robert Norbury When performers step on the Sidewalk stage, they find a supportive and warm audience. As Beirut’s only weekly open mic, it has created a comfortable atmosphere for self-expression. “It’s a family. Each enters with their own dynamic, bringing what only they can bring to the table,” said poet […]

Nature: The Essence of Happiness

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” – John Muir For me, happiness lies in feeling connected to nature. Nature has the power to alter any mood. Yoga and wellness retreats must rely on the healing power of nature to enhance the overall experience. I think of days when […]

Art Therapy: Healing Through Creative Expression

The growth of art therapy in Lebanon will bring benefits as long as it is done right, says therapist Myra Saad. Article by: Vivecca Chatila Quick, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of art therapy? If you’re thinking coloring books, you’re certainly not alone. Although coloring can relieve stress […]

Playing Tourist in Beirut

Yara Zgheib shares her experience of playing tourist in Beirut. Article by: Yara Zgheib Winter in Beirut means early orange sunsets and crisp air blowing east from the sea. Just as well; it blows fresh on our backs as we race up Saint Nicholas’ Stairs. The stairs are dressed for Christmas and the New Year, […]