Category: FAMILY

The Death Camp Scoop: Confessions Of An Arabic School Survivor

Previously, I touched upon the horrific institution of Arabic School as a last resort for parents who want to discipline their kids. Of course, that is an exaggeration. Arabic School is not meant to punish kids. It’s meant to serve a number of far greater purposes, such as language education, cultural awareness, and religious foundation. ...

The Slipper Scoop: Whoopin’ Dearborn Style!

Let’s face it, folks. There’s nothing like a good beating to really counter a child’s misbehavior. Yes, we know that it’s the 21st century now and ‘hugs not drugs’ and all that crap… but dissenters of this argument better have a really good explanation for why kids today are so outrageously arrogant, self-centered, and disrespectful. ...

The Hour Scoop: A Breakdown Of Dearborn’s ‘Arabic Time’

“Er-a-beek time. ER-A-BEEK time! ER-A-BEEK ER-A-BEEK ER-A-BEEK Time!” Dearborners of the 90’s will recall this funny little tune from the evening lineup of the Arabic television station “Sada El Arab”, which was, until the advent of Internet and satellite TV, Dearborn’s only link to the Arab world. But Arabic Time isn’t just a childhood memory; ...

The WAILI Scoop: How To Fit In At A Dearborn Funeral

Some day, my dear outsiders, you may have to pay your respects to Dearborn’s deceased. Dearborners are very dutiful in paying respects. Some can be so dutiful that it becomes a regular part of their Sunday afternoons. But it’s inspiring to see that this community has held on to that basic tenet of mutual respect. ...

Is Dearborn A City or A Settlement?

What makes a city a city and not a settlement?! A bunch of people living in houses in a large place makes a settlement. In order for a settlement to become a city, things need to happen. A city is where humans build a network of services, activities, and relationships, paint it with culture, literature, ...

The Solemn Scoop: A Memorial To Shocking Dearborn Tragedies

No community is without its tragedies. Some remain contained within the family; some consume the town; and others rattle the nation. A select few go on to enter the national psyche, retaining their names after the incidents’ locations (such as “Columbine”, “Oklahoma City”, and “Newtown, Connecticut”). This week, services are held in memory of Ali ...

The Winter Scoop: Four Ways to Enjoy the Snow in Metro Detroit

This one’s a bit late in the season, I admit. But in Michigan, you NEVER know when frigid February will strike again! It may not be Aspen or the Alps, but Dearborn does have its fair share of winter entertainment. When frost hits, consider any of these wintry pastimes. 4. Hemlock Park: East Dearborn   Hemlock ...

The Wedding Scoop: The Exclusive Rules of the Dearborn Wedding

I attended (yet another) Dearborn wedding last weekend, and in the process realized just how wildly unique these occasions truly are. Over the years, the Dearborn wedding culture has evolved into a beast of its own. Blending Middle Eastern and Arab-American traditions, Dearborn weddings have become a hashed hodge-podge of extravagant tedium. (Dearborners may find ...