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Even though I wasn't born or raised here, there's a reason I feel at home in America. America's principles align with Islam's teachings. In fact, America's principles are not just based on Judeo-Christian values, but Judeo-Christian-Islamic values. After...
Several weeks ago, I wrote about Machelle Murray, a local mom who is struggling to find answers about her insurance coverage as she battles cancer. The column prompted an outpouring of advice, support and even money for Murray. It also brought several...
We've discovered a hidden Newport Beach gem, Naomy & Adrian, a fashion haven for handmade knits and hand-selected apparel, beautiful scarves, handbags and jewelry that you'd normally find in New York or a French boutique. Owner Naomy Kim, a longtime...
Tags: Popcorn, Arts, Weddings, Fashion Trends, Marketing
It is safe to say that those who know me would describe me as a tough, assertive girl with a conviction that women are equal to men. They would also say that I embrace my femininity and feel privileged to be a woman. Although I grew up in Egypt, where...
Tags: Islam, Abusive Behavior, Religion and Belief
When you move from one country to another, culture shock is inevitable, especially when you go from one different system and culture to another. But there were only two things about America's culture that shocked me. I had been in high school for just a...
I was never the girl who fantasized about Prince Charming charging in on his camel and sweeping me off my feet. When I was growing up in Egypt, education was emphasized above all else. My mom, Shadia, who never graduated from high school, always read the...
Tags: Weddings, Islam, Judaism, Heart Attack, Weddings
'Twas the night before the last Wednesday of the year — pretty much Tuesday, bear with me. It was a night when families and friends gather 'round the fire, sharing food, drinks and desserts, welcoming in the new year with open arms, happy...
I crashed a Jewish wedding. OK, I was invited. But as a visitor from another religion, I had the same giddy sense of discovery that I might have had if I'd slipped in undetected. The experience was new for me on two levels. I had neither been to a...
Tags: Weddings, Islam, Judaism, Entertainment, Music
One hundred thirty-five kids, at least as many volunteers, parents, workers — they all needed to be wrangled into some sort of order. So Nouha Hreish, who with her late husband Albert has run Noal Jewelry Designs for 30 years on Edinger Avenue,...
Join our favorite eclectic fashion boutique, Paula Hanson in Newport Beach, for a holiday bazaar on Friday and Saturday. Paula Hanson is stocking up with refreshments and unique holiday gifts. These include Moroccan pouf bags and accessories by...
A favorite holiday tradition, the 33rd annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk returns from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. It's the time when thousands gather to celebrate the festivities, which include specials at participating merchants, a dozen bands...
Billy O'Connell knows how to get things done. Maybe it's the tough Irish accent, or the fact that for years he was an L.A. County sheriff. Whatever it is, when you talk to him, you understand he's a no-nonsense, take-charge sort of guy. So years ago, when...
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