Author Archives: Leila

About Leila

I am a wife and mother. I am an Orthodox Christian. I am a Syrian American with family living in Syria. I am a also a yoga teacher and freelance writer. I recently described myself in a job pitch as "a person who's lived in Portland, Oregon for over 20 years with a passion for writing and a passion for all things Portland. I'm a foodie, knitter, wine and beer lover, bee-keeper (yep, I said it), mead and fruit-liqueur maker, organic gardener, home-canner, hiker, biker, runner, and occasional skinny-dipper. I’ve camped all over the state, I sail a sailboat that’s moored on the Columbia (o.k., I'm the first mate), and I spend a large percentage of my time at our beach house in Seaside." That about sums it up.

How’s Your Week Been? Poke at Boke, Sailing on the Water, and Jazz at Nonna.


Now I realize you might be thinking, “how can sailing count? It’s not like the rest of us can just head out for a sail…,” but here’s the thing. You totally can. Continue reading

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Adrift in Long Beach, Washington – Part Three: Hiking Willapa National Wildlife Refuge and Kites, Kites, Kites!!!


There’s another art walk (denizens of Long Beach love their art), and that leads to a longer, steeper hike called “Cutthroat Climb.” It wasn’t particularly cutthroat, but it was a climb. Continue reading

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Adrift in Long Beach, Washington – Part Two: Discovery Trail


As you get closer to Cape Disappointment, you begin to see a more forested view, with spruce, alder, and lush stands of sword and lady ferns. Continue reading

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Life Goes On (and on and on and on)


When I first sat down to write this, I started crying and I couldn’t make anything coherent come out. That may sound a little extreme, but I have a feeling a lot of people who read this will relate. There … Continue reading

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Adrift in Long Beach, Washington (or how I finally took a real vacation).


After dinner, I took a nice meandering walk up the boardwalk, past the Long Beach sign, and back to the hotel. The wind had died down, and as is often the case on the coast, the evening felt warmer than the afternoon. Continue reading

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Spreading confusion with facts? Or, hey, isn’t it about time for another war?


From CNN affiliate, Gant Daily: “The White House said Tuesday the Syrian regime and Russia are trying to “confuse the world community about who is responsible for using chemical weapons against the Syrian people in this and earlier attacks.” http://gantdaily.com/2017/04/11/white-house-russia-syrian-regime-trying-to-confuse-the-world-over-chemical-attacks/Continue reading

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An analysis of economic and political problems in Syria before the war


Someone recently asked me, given my clear and unwavering support for the Syrian government in the Syrian war, if there was any single criticism I could make about the Syrian government. (I think they somehow believe I’m so blinded by, … Continue reading

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