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    Tweet   I. The Birthplace I was born in a small village on the bank of a small river in northern Egypt. A revered Imam was visiting the village for the annual prophet birthday festival; his name was Shick Tharwat, and that how I got my name Tharwat. They told me. My village, “Meet Swaid ” had one street, one river, one bridge, one grocery shop, one mosque, one school, one style of houses, a mud, and a windless connected covered by dry straws like an old stalled cargo train. People’s lifestyles had changed little since the time of the pharaohs, and local demographers couldn’t find any dramatic census changes…

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    Tweet There are over 40,000 McDonalds around the world, So when one of them closes which is a rarity it does not make the evening news, but when Dinkytown’s McDonald’s has finally closed, it made a big splash in Minnesota conversation.  After 57 years of serving the local poor, the site at the corner of 4th Street and 15th Avenue is now going to serve the outsider rich giving way to a proposed upscale apartment development. Under the Dinkytown McDonalds’ rubble lay some of my earliest American memories.My first visit to the Dinkytown McDonald’s was in the summer of 1977, as a young immigrant dusting off  the remains of life…

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    Tweet How bread identifies the culture of immigrants, bread protects us, comfort us in the new world, bread who we are…flatbread, …is the best thing happened to America since the sliced bread…Bread has been offered as a sacrifice to God (and in previous times to the gods. Some religions believe that consecrated bread is God. In the Middle East, a hungry man will kiss a piece of bread given him as alms and an invocation is murmured before kneading the dough. In a large number of countries, people consider bread to be so precious that it is a sin to waste it. There are also many superstitions about what happens…


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