A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood. -Leo Rosten  
   
   
     
 
 
 
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Your website just helped me immensely. I read a few of your poems, a few of your journals...and although I've let loose my grip on my habit of writing recently, I was reminded why I need to return to it. Simply because I must.

 
 
ABOUT ME
In my earliest memory, I am a small child walking up and down the hallway of a Chicago hotel, holding hands with my father, a man I have not seen in almost two years. I just arrived here, to America, from the country of my birth, the Kingdom of Jordan.
My beloved Aunt Thea raised me in the town of Al Husn while my parents were settling in America.  I flew from Jordan to Italy with my Uncle Ghassan. I then flew from Italy to Chicago with a stewardess and met my father. We flew to meet my mother in our new home in Omaha, Nebraska. We made our lives here, I attended school here and raised a family.
English and Literature were always my favorite subjects. My father wanted me to be an English professor, and although I chose a business career, I remain an avid reader and take great joy in the beauty of a simple poem, or the calming feeling of well crafted prose. I enjoy poetry in all forms including rhyme, narrative, romantic and haiku.
I think we are all born with some talent for storytelling. No one teaches us how to make up imaginative stories when we are small children or how to tell an anecdote when we are adults. We simply know. Some of course do it better than others. From time to time, some of us spot a story we feel would make a great article or novel or publication, or perhaps we notice someone who could be an interesting character. But few have an instinctive understanding of how to develop ideas into great writing, few can reach down deep, capture a strong spirit and send their pen dancing across the pages. It is not only a question of the writer looking into himself but also of his looking into others with experiences he has of himself. He writes with compassion because he feels that other men are like him. I believe this is the basis of great writing.
I also love travel, art and architecture, writing, baking, gardening, taking hot baths and talking to myself. 
My hope is to publish a poem or two one day, perhaps a collection of poetry. I also aspire to publish my manuscript, a memoir of my life in America.
Thank you for being here with me.

 
Every great and original writer, in proportion as he is great or original, must himself create the taste by which he is to be relished - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
 
   
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