Friday - - Up Close And Personal -

My ear­li­est mem­ory is of dad com­ing home from work and me run­ning to him to grab him by the legs. I would have loved to spend more time with my grand­fa­ther Ya­coub Shomali and get to know him bet­ter. He was a writer and jour­nal­ist who lived through the worst of the oc­cu­pa­tion in Pales­tine and it would have been won­der­ful to lis­ten to his sto­ries to­day. I was too young to un­der­stand it when he passed away.

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