Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Welcome to Chez Chiara


Beach, Saudi Arabia

Welcome to Chez Chiara!

The purpose of this blog is to continue themes and dialogues I engaged in elsewhere as a commentator and contributor.

I will be exploring cross-cultural Saudi/non-Saudi relationships and their broader Arab-Muslim/Western contexts, as well as the background for improving understanding across these cultures.

I have been commenting in the English language Saudi blogosphere for about a year now, and contributing posts for 5 months, so this is a logical extension of those activities.


Saudi beach

For those who don’t know me, I am a Canadian academic of Italian origin with qualifications in medicine, psychiatry, literature and philosophy, and interests in cross cultural aspects of all of those. I am married Islamically and legally to a Moroccan. I remain a Daughter of the Book.

I am really looking forward to respectful dialogues with and among commentators, and hope readers will share generously their comments, thoughts, and experiences!


The Red Sea

Please read the posts before this one, which were originally posted by me elsewhere, and feel free to comment on them here. These are all original posts authored by me between August and December 2009, lightly edited to update the links. Any similar appearing posts elsewhere are no longer authentic.

The Categories on the side bar will help you find posts of interest to you, and those below have been posted in groupings: Celebrations; Royal Saudi/Non-Saudi Marriages and their Children; Personal Stories; Blogging & Ethics.

Welcome! Bienvenue! Benvenuto! !مرحبا Benvenido!


* "Chez" (shay) is French for "at the home of " or "at the place of". 
** "Chiara" (kee-ARE-ah) is an Italian feminine first name meaning "light".

29 comments:

Susanne said...

Chiara!!! I found you! I hate when people seemingly disappear when I'm used to seeing them in a certain place. :-) I went to see your latest posts and was like "where did she go??" Thankfully, I found you! I hope you are doing well. I'll try to keep up with you here. You always wrote interesting posts, and I read them even if I didn't always comment.

Have a good weekend, my friend.

Chiara said...

Susanne--thank you so much! It was such a great surprise to have a comment to moderate this morning, and a delight to have it come from a friend. I am glad you found me too, and I hope you will enjoy and read the new posts, and comment; comment on the old ones too if you like.

I guess it is time to start announcing where I am. LOL :)

All the best! and have a great weekend.

Susanne said...

When I saw you and your posts were missing from the other place, I was like "I hope she's OK." Then I remembered you had commented on Ellen's engagement so I checked and saw your name was hyperlinked and thankfully it brought me here. :) But, yes, don't let everyone think you are gone. It always "worries" me when my blogging friends just disappear with no word.

KK said...

I'm saving this in my (FF & IE) fav-list, and definitely I'll stop by regularly. I'm a fan of yours since the first ever comment you wrote a year ago on another Blog. I immensely enjoy your posts, and comments too :). Flying regards from the warm Red Sea to the snowing Ca EC :)

Chiara said...

Susanne--good thinking. Yes, it was not my decision to just disappear without so much as a meet me at my place, but I shall start spreading the word, and I am glad the hyperlink worked. One does develop relationships with others who comment regularly in the same corner of the blogosphere, and develop similar levels of concern and joy as for other friends.

KK--shokran bzef!!! (and for correcting my mzef) We are simpatico from way back when. Great you will be commenting here! Ah, the Red Sea, and I just survived my first snow blizzard of the year. I must get myself to the Red Sea!

ellen557 said...

I love the look of the blog! The colour scheme is so, so nice! Am definitely putting this blog on my reader thingy hehe.

angie nader said...

i love the photo of the red sea

Chiara said...

Ellen--thanks! I have many thingies in my technical life too. Glad to be on your reader thingy--you have been in my Google Reader for a long time, and now on my Blog Roll. LOL :)

Angie Nader--welcome, and it is fabulous isn't it! A red light on the Red Sea.

Chiara said...

Ellen and Angie Nader--needless to say I hope you will read and comment regularly!

Qusay said...

This is my chez warming comment over here, glad you have your own blog now... u totaly are over due for this :)

From the first comment on my blog, my wife asked me if you had a blog and when I said no, she said she should have one :) and now you do.. and we both are happy for u :)

and where? oh where? is that beach in Saudi? because as someone with red sea water running in his veins... I have never seen that beach before... the vegetation is a little out of the area... I now you linked to it from another car hire site... but... they must of gone overboard with the marketing :)

Chiara said...

Qusay--Thank you for your dual congratulations and encouragement!

About the Saudi Arabia, Beach above--check your arteries! That beach is in the maghreb of the maghreb of Saudi, I'm sure. Would a car hire site ever go overboard in marketing?

I think my Mediterranean limbic system suspended disbelief on that one. All the other pictures of Saudi beaches are rather, sandier shall we say--with rather stark brownish cliffs in the background.

As soon as I find a good one without a camel in the foreground (one camel on the beach photo should be enough), or decide to use the one with the best camel in the foreground, I will replace the above offending photo, but not without a tear. :(

Chiara said...

Qusay--done! thanks for the pic suggestion. Definitely Saudi this time.

coolred38 said...

Well its about time...better late than never as they say.

Murtadha said...

Congratulation Chaira in your blog, I found the website and then I thought for a second! mm Chaira has not updated us with her website :) I am very eager to see your take on philosophical subjects since you have a deep understanding in that.

Chiara said...

Murtadha--thank you! I hope you will visit and comment often. Hmmm philosophy, will have to think of topics on that! Looking forward to your comments!

Chiara said...

Coolred--Thank you (I think) and thank you for all your encouragement to do this (for sure!)LOL :)

Ayesha Tuabin said...

I'm glad I found you too! I used to enjoy your comments on other blogs- Achelois and Coolred spring to mind. I don't blog myself( thinking about it though) so I'm very pleased to meet you.

Chiara said...

Ayesha--Thank you! I am happy to see you here! I hope you will comment often, and let us know as soon as you start your own blog!

Hanan said...

love the photo of the red sea, very calming

Chiara said...

Hanan-Welcome to my blog. I am glad you like the photo of the Red Sea, as I also find it both striking and calming. You have a really interesting blog too! I enjoyed your sense of humour--very important in a dentist, and anyone who does surgery left-handed! I look forward to your other comments!

oby said...

Hello Chiara...lovely blog...the photos are so lovely and I look forward to reading more.

Chiara said...

Oby--Welcome! I am glad you found your way here, and enjoyed the blog so far. I look forward to your comments on new and older posts!

Abu Abdullah said...

welcoming myself to you blog....

Was on Vacation from the net mostly and was busy with the new baby...

Glad to put you on my reading list :)

Keep it up, and keep posting often, we need some sane people around the blogosphere, LOL!!!

Chiara said...

Abu Abdullah--of course you are welcomed to my blog! I have tended just to carry on with old commenting friends as before, but all are formally welcomed. I look forward to your comments on old and new posts, and any suggestions you have for topics. Everyone else is welcome to make suggestions too.

oum k said...

salam

ok vous etes une "fille du livre" lol
vous etes tres ouverte d'esprit masha'Allah
vous etes mariée a un marocain, qu'est ce qui vous retient de vous convertir a l'islam? (je suis curieuse lol)

Chiara said...

Oum K--Bienvenue Chez Chiara! Je m'excuse du retard à vous recevoir et à vous répondre. Je suis heureuse que vous me trouvez ouverte d'esprit. Je n'ai subie aucune pression quant à me convertir surtout que je me suis mariée conforme à l'Islam et que les enfants seront Musulmans (la pression pour faire des bébés et au masculin est autre chose! LOL :) ).

Je vous remercie encore de votre commentaire, et j'espère que vous aller en faire d'autres sur les messages plus anciens et plus récents--surtout les pauvres messages en français, et orphelins de commentaires! :) (voir la catégorie ChezChiaraFR!)

Anonymous said...

On Palestinian hopes:
The author of the article is mistaken when he says "The Palestinians came to New York believing they had sewn up the required nine votes in the 15-seat Security Council. And in the desperate act of forcing the American to wield its veto against the backdrop of the Arab Spring, a massive moral victory would be theirs."
Everybody knew the US would veto but Abu Mazen didn't? That's dumb. It was as important to ask for recognition of a Palestinian state as it is to NOT have it granted. Such a state would be a tragedy for the Palestinian nation renouncing the right of return and setting up a "state" squelched by the embrace of the apartheid state next door. Having the request rejected is instead a huge victory, forcing the US to show itself to the world as acting for and only for the interests of Israel, even at the cost of its own political and strategic interests, which is why the US (and its little lapdogs, the English pug, the French poodle) acted so desperately to thwart it. It was brilliant and the little grey man in a grey suit acted for once like a real Palestinian patriot.

jaraad said...

Hello Chiara. I’ve nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. Please visit my blog, http://jaraad.wordpress.com/2012/08/30/the-beautiful-blogger-award/, to see my post about the Beautiful Blogger Award.

~Aishah Schwartz said...

You haven't published since December 2012; is everything okay there with you?

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