Five Things in Common Between Beethoven and Lebanon

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While enjoying the 27th edition of the Al Bustan International Festival (Feb. 18-March 22, 2020), which features a series of concerts and performances celebrating the music and life of composer Ludwig Van Beethoven, we could not help but notice some similarities between Beethoven’s tumultuous, challenging life and our beloved Lebanon. It is no secret Beethoven […]

Lebanese Bill of Rights (Version 6d)

2 faces of a man and woman looking upwards with the lebanese flag

WE, the people of Lebanon, having endured hardship and humiliation from a divided, unjust, and dysfunctional system, have united to reconcile and overcome our sad past, eliminate deficiencies and abuses, strengthen our state, and renovate our nation. In doing so, we strive towards a brighter and more prosperous future for all. WE hereby demand the […]

Do protestors need a unifying vision?

2 faces of a man and woman looking upwards with the lebanese flag

Over the past several months, different groups of Lebanese protestors have gone to the streets all over the nation demanding numerous rights—economic, social, political and judicial. While there is a clear dissatisfaction of the Lebanese people with the governing of their state, there is also an emerging concern over the lack of a unifying vision […]

Ayad Nasser Paints the Town! From Ouzai to Ouzville

Photos by: Ruth Moucharafieh Flying into Beirut recently, I was surprised to discover Ouzai had turned into a hip display of colors. Just south of Beirut, Ouzai is the first glimpse Lebanon visitors see as their planes circle to land at Rafic Hariri International Airport. It has been a congested, run-down area since the Civil […]

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 […]

Bou Samih’s Memory: Back to the ’20s

  Grandparents are always nostalgic about the old days; they share past stories with pride; they talk about friendship, unity, generosity, and prowess. I was always intrigued by this passion; what is it that makes them attached to old memories? Have you ever wondered as well what life was like 93 years ago? What were […]