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A calm yet strong personality, a sharp mind, and a great heart; that’s 15-year-old Egyptian Salma Ahmad, one of my special students who never ceased to exceed my expectations, leaving a big mark in my heart and mind!

Tonight, I would like to share with you one of Salma’s lovely creations; a poem she wrote this summer about “Human Nature”


Human nature

I marvel how nature could ever find space

For so many strange contrasts in one human face

There’s thought and no thought, and there’s paleness and bloom

And bustle and sluggishness, pleasure and gloom.

There’s weakness, and strength both redundant and vain;

Such strength as, if ever affliction and pain

Could pierce through a temper that’s soft to disease,

Would be rational peace—a philosopher’s ease.

There’s indifference, alike when he fails or succeeds,

And full attention ten times as much as there are needs;

Pride where there’s no envy, there’s so much of joy;

And mildness, and spirit both forward and coy.

There’s freedom, and sometimes a diffident stare

Of shame scarcely seeming to know that she’s there,

There’s virtue, the title it surely may claim,

Yet wants heaven to know what is to be worthy the name.

This picture from nature may seem to depart,

Yet Man would at once run away with your heart;

And I for five centuries right gladly would be

Such an odd, such a kind happy creature as he.


Belonging is one of the most important human needs, for it defines the identity of people, and makes them feel connected, accepted, recognized, and secure.

One of the best and most genuine connections and relationships one can make is with Nature! The openness, purity, transparency and generosity of this relation makes one lose the concept of time and space, and feels protected, secure and well taken care of.

Olive picking is one of those activities in nature that deepen your sense of belonging and make your pride soar high, especially if you were picking your own olives!! The number of olive trees or the area of the olive garden cannot matter less. It’s the age, the identity and the history behind that tree that make a whole difference.

What do you think?

“Life ,even in the coldest places, can hold  the warmest hearts together and make them shine”

Young and determined, dreamy and ambitious, Zahra Akbarmolei went to north Iran where nature inspired her the most and came back with those beautiful shots to share with us.

Being positive and creative, Zahra could see warmth and light in the coldest of places. Beautiful job Zahra, keep it up 🙂 (Please check link for more pictures.)

Weaam Magdy Alaidi, a 13-year-old ambitious and passionate Egyptian young lady, is sharing with us today one of her African Adventures. Weaam was wowed and inspired by the beauty of Kenya, as well as by its diversity, culture and nature. Those are some of the memories she holds dear to her heart.

“All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination?” (Carl Jung)

We only celebrate and completely live our human nature when we play, let go of our fears and constraints, and set our creative imagination free. Do you think suppressing our potential, questioning our abilities and disbelieving in ourselves is a fair payback to humanity?


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  • Chantal Chahine Assaad: I would be a very flattered proud teacher!!! Thanks Elie and welcome home! 😉😊
  • Elie Abd: Today's my first visit to your blog, and by reading this very first post, I feel like I am home already. Few are the bloggers out there that can reall
  • Chantal Chahine Assaad: Thank you Areej! It means the world to me! keep in touch dear <3
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