by Anwar Kenicer
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By 2001, we outgrew our first Bulletin Board and now Shweir.com is embarking on utilizing a New Bulletin Board to better communicate with our readers and supporters. We will have sections for General topics for discussion, and Forums for Al Mukhtar, Hilda and Webmaster. This new Bulletin Board is far more interactive where by you can initiate a topic for discussion or respond to any other topic initiated by another member. Click here to visit the > > New Bulletin Board .
Below are some highlights. An edited sample from the new Bulletin Board
Most recent entries appear first.
|Author||Topic: Communication is key to greater success|
04-21-2001 02:25 AM
Al Mukhtaar wrote recently that what ever we do, we should have fun in the process.
Well, I would like to share with you the importance of good vs Excellent communication skills. In order to effectively communicate my message to you, I will tell a story which is now featured on the "Take Five" web page of Shweir.com...
"A man and his wife were celebrating their 25th anniversary, both
at the age of 50.
That man communicated to the Fairy Mother his intentions of his request and the Fairy godmother granted him exactly what he requested, but she added her own interpretation to it. Instead of him getting a new twenty year young wife, he instead grew thirty years older. Poor guy, at 80 he could hardly get up let alone get it up.
If we take this one step further... suppose he asked for a beautiful 20 year old wife, and got his wish, do you think he would be happy? Maybe and then again... he may end up with a "pre-Madonna" of a young and beautiful wife. But she could be so jealous of her own shadow, self doubting with negative outlook, disorganized and unappreciative. She could make his life so miserable that he would have wished to take back his original wife and treat her with more courtesy and respect than before.
Now if he were to make as clear of a wish like:
The morale of the story is to be as specific in your communications as you possibly can. When you write an email, Please, Please write as descriptive of a subject. And when you "Reply" or "Forward" an email and you add new information, modify the subject accordingly. When you respond to a communication, read it carefully and do your best to answer every segment and question as clearly and completely as possible.
You see, Al Mukhtaar and I and many of you who deal with lots of emails, sometimes we waste a lot of time reading through dozens of emails trying to find one from days or few weeks earlier.
One other item, many of us have gotten into the habit of not using upper case or punctuation or taking shortcuts in spelling. While it is ok in a casual and rushed settings, if I may gently suggest, do not make a habit of it. I have heard that many companies who screen job applicants via the internet consider persons with such style lack attention to details and they are less likely to be selected. Enough preaching.
Now if the Fairy godmother asked you for three wishes what would they be???
|Author||Topic: Shweir.com of the month|
10-12-2001 10:22 AM
Month of September have passed , and October is almost half over. If I may Humble Anwar a little and Nominate him for the honor of both months. I would have liked to share it with him but, honestly I don't deserve it. Sure I was with him in Shweir most of the time, but it was him that brought all of you the news and pictures, while I am struggling and some of you think I am enjoying my long and extended vacation in New Orleans, and here in Aruba.
No Anwar has to be the Man. If there is anybody that can share the honor, are all these wonderful Shweirieh that wrote reports on the events of the Eid.
Anwar, "U Numba 1"....Yes "U'd da Man"
10-12-2001 11:43 AM
i agree with u Aamo George I think Anwar should be elected as Shweirieh of the month!
He has been working really hard!!
10-13-2001 05:48 AM
Yes, he definitely lit up the website in kodachrome, fujicolor and 16-bit highcolour. And especially impressive was the effort he made to find places and relatives that meant a lot to those of us overseas. It was really appreciated. You are a very appropriate Shweirie of the Month Anwar.
10-13-2001 03:26 PM
Yes, I agree with you all, In my book Anwer deserves not only to be the Shweiry of the month but Shweiry of the year. My friend you are some thing else
10-14-2001 11:12 PM
I couldn't agree more. Not only were many photos taken (and Anwar did make sure he included everybody), but he and George took great care of Sitty (Helena Ataya), Janice and Miriam - not to mention myself, in Shweir making us all feel very included. All much appreciated, my friend.
10-15-2001 08:33 AM
I haven't spoken to anybody in Shweir since August, and he/she hasn't mentioned Anwar. The way he presented his trip, the organized photographs with the exact dates (although the time was California's!!!), his enthusiasm,... is admirable!!! Can you image that he who hasn't been to Shweir in 30 years, was able to find Dr. Klee's grandfathers supposedly place of living who left Shweir more than 100 years ago!!!
Anwar is the honoree of the year. point.
10-15-2001 11:18 AM
Why are you so quite Ya Anwar? Have wore out the letters on the keyboard?
10-16-2001 03:22 AM
My sincere apologies for being out of touch for a while... Don't want to bore with details... Suffice it to say that I was anxious to post as many photos and had to deal with some condos I have near Seattle and etc. etc.
NOw you guys and ladies are about to make me blush... Thank you very much for your kind words and the honorary nomination.
Well, if you recall, I was the shweir.com honoree for June of 2000. As Shweir.com Webmaster, if I may exercise some "discretionary power", I would be very happy instead to recognize some who have not yet been honored.
There is someone in particular I have in mind. That person does not surf the net, but what she did and said deserve recognition... ok, I am talking about Helena Ataya from New Zealand...
Imagine, 90 year young Helena and her support team walked all the way
from the other end of Shweir all the way to Saha in Dhour and attended
the Festival, spoke to the audience in classic Shweiry Arabic that I
have not heard since my aunts passed away many years ago and she told
the crowd that she plans on coming next year...
and imagine that about 1:00 a.m. when the Hafli in Saha was finished, they were planning on walking back to Shweir... and they were prepared with flash lights... now that is impressive...
I know that between George, Janice, Mirriam, Paul and I, we can write something great about Helena and honor her.
Thank you all for your support and for keeping the momentum going.
10-23-2001 11:24 PM
Mind you Anwar, a lot has happened since June last year!!!
I would be happy to write something up about Sitty (grandma). Shes still travelling around in Egypt at the moment. She gets out more than I do - now thats sad!!!
I will start typing.....
10-24-2001 07:49 AM
As evidenced in this web page, Shweir has many caring, talented, energetic as well as visionary individuals. Some are creative and originators like Hilda and George, others like me are reactors, others are silent yet forceful doers like Elie and Alfred and we have wonderful lightning rods like Ghassan and Elias. We have the level headed ankors like Klee, and those that bring in a touch of freshness like the incomparable Lamloum-I am crazy about her. Her parents must be bursting with pride!
What a great bunch of people, including you Elusive! However, once in a blue moon someone special surfaces that embodies all the goodness, humanity, leadership and all the attributes of greatness. This individual has never ceased to amaze me since I had the great fortune to meet him. And when I think that he has outdone himself, he comes up with something more worth while and spectacular. Let me weigh in and say Anwar you embody everything good that Shweir has or should have. Only a poet or an artist can paint the picture that you have composed of your trip to Shweir. There is something in this collection for everyone. You have made our village alive once again for so many of us that have never seen it or as in my case have forgotten some of its wonderful people and places.
Person of the month and of the year? Certainly. God bless you Anwar and I love you brother .
10-24-2001 11:54 AM
Working in the tech field and building web pages as a hobby makes me appreciate what Anwar is doing because i know how much time and effort is put into presenting all the material and the details that go along with it and the frustration sometimes when the software is just not behaving the way you want it to.
i will add my voice to habeeb's and there is no better words to describe or thank you than what Habeeb said. Amen to that.
Anwar for shweirie of the month and the year.
10-26-2001 02:53 PM
Ya Habeeb el Alb, you just left me speechless or in this case writeless... I am so touched by what you all wrote... God, do I have the best family in the world or what...
I have and continue to act on the belief that I could not have done that much without the support of our team of Shweir.com and should there be any important acknowledgement, I would like to share that with Al Mukhtar and/or the Matar Brothers because with their energy, diplomacy and broad knowledge,we worked so well together. As such, I hubly accept your vote of confidence and invite the Matar Brothers to join me as honorees for October...
Now we still have to name an honoree for September.
We welcome your nomination for more candidates because we have November and December quickly approaching ...
With much appreciation and love to all,
Virus Caution from Ghassan Zghaib, Canada
May 9, 2001
2 days ago, my Norton Antivirus paid off. I got an email with the file 'lchapp.exe' attached to it. The name was an arabic one 'Suzanne' with an arabic family name. The body said that someone needed the directions to my house. I was suspicious since it didn't mention the name of that somebody. I didn't open it at work (Smart decision). I opened it at home only to test my Norton Antivirus and it intercepted the virus.
The lesson to learn is: NEVER OPEN AN ATTACHMENT with the extension 'exe' or 'vbs' or any other executable extension.
As for the 'Nigerian Scam', no matter what we do, they will still be able to get our emails from somewhere. The only remedy for this is to use our head and keep in mind that we are 'doomed' to work hard for our money.
GSD INFORMATIQUE INC.
ICQ# : 24270082
Online Pager: http://wwp.mirabilis.com/24270082
Express E-Mail: email@example.com
Virus Caution from George
May 9, 2001
Our company has issued this alert and just wanted to share it with you, Be very careful.
S&B has received news of a virus being distributed in an email with the subject line of "Homepage". The message body contains an attachment, and the text "Hi! You've got to see this page! It's really cool ;0)".
If you receive such an email, please delete it without opening the attachment. Although our server intercepts these type viruses, it's better to be safe. If possible, telephone the person who sent it to you, and warn them that they are infected
Dear George and Anwar,
Virus Alert: This came courtesy of Nabil Matar sent on 4-19-2001
I think this is a very important message that all should read with regards to this new virus.
Subject: FW: Fw: Virus alert ... Please read
Virus with no cure.Please, send this information to every person in your address book.
If you receive an e-mail that reads "Upgrade Internet" do not open it, as it contains an executable file named "perrin.exe" it will erase all the data in your hard drive and it will stay in your memory. Every time that you upload any data, that data will be automatically erased and you will not be able to use your computer again.
This information was published yesterday in the CNN web site. This is a very dangerous virus. To this date. There is no known anti virus program for this particular virus please, forward this information to your friends, so that they will be on the alert, also check the list below, sent by IBM with the names of some e-mails that, if received. SHOULD NOT BE OPENED and must be deleted immediately. Because they contain attached viruses.
This way your computer will be safe. The Titles are:
13) The Phantom Menace
15) UP-GRADE INTERNET
17) I love You
18) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
19) CELCOM Screen Saver or CELSAVER.EX
20) Win a Holiday (e-mail)
21) JOIN THE CREW 0 PENPALS
Subject: Virus Announced by Microsoft. This is VERY SERIOUS!! Please forward to everyone you know There is a virus out flow being sent to people via E-mail. lt. is considered the A.l.D.S. VIRUS of computers. It will destroy your memory, sound card and speakers, your drive and it will infect your mouse or pointing device as well as your keyboards, making it so that you can't type and it will not register on the screen. It seIf-terminates only after it eats 5MB of hard drive space and will delete all programs.
It will come via an E-mail called "(OPEN. VERY COOL!:)" DELETE IT immediately'! It will basically render your computer useless.
Pass this on QUICKLY AND TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE.
Very Urgent, Must Read Please. If you receive an E-mail Titled "Win A Holiday" DO NOT open it. It will erase everything on your hard drive. Forward this letter out to as many people as you can. This is a new, very malicious virus and not many people know about it.
This information was announced yesterday morning from Microsoft. Neil Ferrick, Compaq Computer Corporation
Your best defense is having a good anti virus program that you update frequently, once a week or at least once every month. But in the absence of such protection, the above is very good advice. It is also good to back up your personal records often.
|Author||Topic: The Humanitarian Side - Wheelchairs those who really need them|
03-05-2001 02:38 AM
Last Thursday, I attended the Monthly meeting of the Lebanese American Association (LAA) as a guest of its founder, Fouad Malouf. One of the guest speakers was a representative of Wheelchair Foundation (WF) that donate wheelchairs throughout the world for those who truly need them. The organization was founded by Ken Berring (sp??). For those of you fans of the American Football fans, he is the owner of the Seattle Seahawks. He pledged $15 Million to help send wheelchairs to individuals and organizations in foreign countries. The honorary chairpersons are the King and Queen of Spain and its board of directors are very prominent leaders of the world including Nelson Mandela.
The way it works is this: They buy wheels chairs from manufacturers wholesale by the 10,000's to keep cost at minimum. They will co-ordinate with organizations in the U.S. to pay for half of the cost, Wheelchair Foundation will match such funds.
To make it cost effective and worthwhile, they have a minimum of one container that holds 240 wheel chairs or one half container that holds 120 wheelchairs. Total wholesale cost of $36,000 for a full container and 18,000 for half.
If LAA decides to go with this program, that means that they have to raise $18,000, WF will match the other 18,000, pay for transportation and administrative and travel cost for its representatives. One big important goal for the organization is to donate the wheel chairs to mostly individuals and select well regarded organizations like the Red Cross or medical clinics or senior centers. They want to avoid politics or the chance for any mismanagement of this operation.
WF primary objective is to donate these wheelchairs to make a difference in the lives of those handicapped people who can ill afford one and transform their lives. The wheelchairs will be pre-assigned and accounted for before they arrive at their destination.
The LAA have not committed yet to participate but they are giving it serious consideration. If their board of directors votes favorably, they will need to hear from as many representatives and organizations in Lebanon about the candidates who are in most need. The board will decide on distribution.
1. Do we have any people in Shweir who are in utmost need of
At this time, we cannot make any promises. However, should LAA proceed ahead with this worthy program, we need to show our support for the LAA and would like our town to be well prepared and represented.
This unique opportunity can transform many people's lives. We cannot do it all by ourselves from overseas, we need someone in Shweir who is good in internet communication to provide us with the necessary information.
Last Sunset of Old and First Light of New Millennium in Hawaii
Since I mentioned that I was on vacation over the New Year's Holiday, some asked if I had a good vacation... Yes, I had a great vacation. Thank You. For those who are curious or interested, we went to Hawaii and stayed at a small port town of Kailua on the Kona coast of the big Island of Hawaii. I had intended to chase and capture rainbows... on film, like the rainbow photo on Home Page, but ended up capturing a dramatic shot of the last sunset of the Past Millennium and the first light of the New Millennium. take a look. Hawaii is one of the last large land masses before you cross the International Time Zone. Hawaii is 22 hours behind New Zealand. As such the last sun light of a particular day sets somewhere in the Pacific Ocean beyond Hawaii and the first new light starts a few hours time zones before New Zealand and Australia.
During the day on New Year's Eve, we drove to a remote waterfront part of the island called "City of Refuge". In the old days, before the road was built, it was like a sanctuary to those who survived swimming or walking to it. We did some rituals, one of which was for each of us to find a black and a white rock. Then each of us found a secluded spot close to the ocean, sat on the lava rock, watched huge waves, contemplated and/or meditated. Holding the black rock, we reflected on the sad, anger, stress, disappointing and/or unpleasant things that we experienced over the past years or decades. The objective was to will and transfer such negative feelings and experiences into the black rock. And when we felt we were ready, each of us cast our black stone into the ocean. Then each held the white stone and recalled as many of the pleasant, fun and happy thoughts and rewarding experiences, about our loved ones and the things that we are thankful for. When everyone came back, we held hands in a circle, shared and reinforced positive thoughts. We kept the white stones with the idea that the white stone with its good energy will stay with us when the new Millennium begins. After a Nice New Year's Eve Dinner and Dance into the next Century, we woke up before dawn the next day and walked from the condos we were staying to the nearby sand beach to welcome the new light. We brought with us our white stones. Each found a suitable space facing the ocean and again we contemplated in silence all the positive things we are thankful for. Again, we reinforced that energy into the white stone. The first rays of sun lit up some clouds above the ocean. It was an extra ordinary scene especially when the clouds appeared very close to spelling the word "JOY". By the time we got the camera, the clouds spread out a bit, but if you stretch your imagination, you could possibly decipher "JOY" in the golden clouds. When we felt complete, each cast the white stone into the ocean.
To you our readers, friends and loved ones, we
WISH YOU WARM ALOHA & JOY IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM.
Here are some thumbnails taken in Kailua, Kona, Hawaii. Click on any to enlarge...
Black & white
rocks on Lava bed
of the Millennium from a beach front restaurant where we had our New Year's celebration.
Sunset Close up
|New Years Eve
First light of the
Clouds spell JOY
w/ stretch of imagination!
The shoreline of the big island have some nice sandy beaches, but most of it is made of hard lava rock because the big island of Hawaii is home to Kilauea, one of the world's most active and accessible volcanoes. As such, the big Island of Hawaii is one of the very few places on earth that is getting bigger due to the lava that continues to pour from the top of the volcano. A couple of years ago I took a helicopter tour and photographed the island including the volcano, some were published in some international magazines. To give you a more dramatic feel of the volcano, I accessed some general info and photos from the Kilauea Gallery.
Kilauea stands 4090 feet in elevation. Its current eruption is taking place on its flank some 7 miles southeast and down rift at the Pu'u O'o vent. The Pu'u O'o- Kupaianaha eruption has been going on continuously since 3 January 1983. Early in the eruption there were high lava fountains, but now since there is a clear conduit from the summit magma chamber of Kilauea to Pu'u O'o, the lava is now bubbling out of the vent and traveling silently in tubes toward the sea. The eruption continues. Enjoy Kilauea!!!!!!!!
Blood Red Lava
River of Lava
Volcano erruption -
(Note tiny Helicopter near base)
Lava into Ocean
Lava burn trees
Forest Lava Glow
Nite lava scene
Lava - Ocean - Moon
Posted by George Matar on January 05, 2001 at 10:56:00:
Here is the first wave of people responding to al
Mukhtaar's nomination of
Anwar George Kenicer, our Webmaster, to the "Shweiry of the Year" Award:
From Alfred Moujaes in Texas
Dear Al Mukhtar;
You are absolutely right, Anwar is the Shweiry of the year and years to come.
Without him all this would have not happened, I second that motion.....
Anwar WE LOVE YOU !!!!!!!!
Hope to see you soon.
From Walid and Saera Khairallah in Canada:
Kol aam w'inta b'kheir Ya Mukhtar.
Congratulations on the choice of the categories. Indeed very interesting insight. You score 10/10 for the nomination of Anwar as the Shweiry of the year. How about a special title for Habib K Moujaes whose benevolant action was critical for creating the computer purchase funds.
From Hana Archbold in California
I remember your Mom telling me that Saadeh saw you when you were a baby. Your Mom said that Saadeh told her that this baby is going to change history. I can see that you indeed did.
Congratulations! you deserve that title.
We love you indeed.
From Habib Moujaes in Shweir, he wrote: “How about Most Valuable Member (MVM) for this year?”
From Nabil Matar:
I will add my vote to you both. Anwar had done a magnificent job. Thank you Sheik Anwar, also our thanks to Hilda, Rabih and of course Mukhtarna bil mahgar Abou Makhool.
Salim Bou Chebl: How about “ e-MAN “ of the year for Habib!!??
From Walid and Saera Khairallah: in response to
Salim’s suggested title
E-man of the year sounds fantastic, and to please Hana, perhaps Most Valuable E-Man( since Anwar already has a title).
From Dcn Ihsan Bou Sader in New Zealand
Dear God Brother George “Al Mukhtar”
To you, yours and all the Shweir people wherever you are; with aid Elghtas a special wish of every success in the that is good for you and that your treasures are everlasting.
Now to the best man of shweir.com for 2000, well ANWAR is my friend and I declare this first to avoid any call of conflict of interest, then endorse all the good words said about him and add he is one and only very special and would like to see him recognised.
As for Habib Moujaes, again I declare he is family, but what he did deserves a title along the lines stated.
Being Orthodox I am always reminded of doing things in threes, so the third recognition will have to be to our Mukhtar...
The servant of Christ, in His Loving Grace,
Fr Dcn George
From Dr. Fouad Tebshrani in California
What a webmaster and a dedicated person Anwar is. I truly respect this guy for his character and honesty, and above all his soothing personality which I admire most.
From Henry Moujaes
*Mabrook ya ANWAR it’s good choice,
may i give you you another title? (YES)
you are the (GOLDEN BRIDGE ) also,
wiz 3aynak ya MOUKHTAR.
From Suheil Baaklini in Texas
Add my vote to Anwar and I would like to nominate you Mukhtar as a Co Shweiry of the year and Half. Thanks to your efforts and the hospitality of Alfred otherwise this thing would not even happen.
Happy New Year and come to Austin when ever you can.
From Mona Khoury in Florida
Mabrook to Anwar, Ism ala musamma. Anwar himil mashaal alnoor ala Daiitnah.
George to sound like a cliche, you are the wind behind our wings.
Alfred, a toast to you the silent partner.
Posted by Waleed Moujaes on January 04, 2001 at 16:44:22:
In Reply to: shweir.com in summary posted by George Matar on January 03, 2001 at 09:29:59:
After working with several organizations in Shweir from 1985 until I left in 1996 and up till now, "shweir.com" is the most productive of all. Indeed, Anwar is the Shweiry of the year, but we should not forget Hilda, Rabih, you George, and also Habib. Thank you all, and wishing every Shweiry a healthy and prosperous New Year.
Posted by Anwar on January 06, 2001 at 16:35:05:
In Reply to: Responses to the "Shweiry of the Year Nomination" posted by George Matar on January 05, 2001 at 10:56:00:
Happy New Year to all!!!
See what happens when Webmaster goes on vacation? Big surprises. May be I
ought to go on vacation more often...
Now on the serious side, thank you George for nominating me for the "Shweiry of the Year Award" and thank you all for your kind words and vote of confidence. I am overwhelmed and speechless. On the other hand, as Webmaster, I cannot stay speechless for too long.
If I may use the analogy of our Shweir.com as a car: Granted, I put together the basic structure, but that structure could not take you anywhere without an engine. That is where our al Mukhtaar, George Matar, comes in. He is like a super charged engine, the heart of Shweir.com.
And yes of course, I would like to acknowledge Hilda Sawaya, our prolific writer. Hilda is like the electricity in the car that lights our path. Rabih Khoury is like the mechanic that keeps that car fine-tuned. (He also can install optional stereo components for the best Lebanese music at bargain price - balash). And you, our contributors and volunteers like Nora in Texas with her Poetry & Memories, Jamil in Canada with his Saif oo Terse & History, Rosalie in Brazil sharing a rare treasure in the 1922 Shweir Guidebook, Fr. Dcn. George Ihsan Bousauder in New Zealand with his wisdom and prayers and our two Habibs in Shweir, Halabi for photos and Moujaes for bold initiatives; you are like the wheels for the car. Mike Sawaya's Environmental drive is like the Oxygen the car needs. There are many more names to mention, forgive me if I overlooked someone's name.
To the officers and board of directors of the newly formed non profit "Shweir Fund" (soon to be official after completion of tax formalities) Mona Khoury, Hilda Sawaya, George Matar, Elie Boukheir, Habib Moujaes and myslef under the leadership of President Alfred Moujaes, this new team is like the steering wheel and controls to that car.
To you, our readers, you are like the fuel for the car... no matter how great of a car we build, without fuel, it does not function. You are like the soul to Shweir.com.
As you can see, we are interdependent on one another. No one segment can function without the help of the other. Your participation in reading, sharing memories and ideas bring us closer together and give us the motivation and inspiration to do great things for Shweir and its people, our families.
Back to the Nomination. Here is the way I see it: I feel undeserving of such honor considering the extra ordinary contribution of our al Mukhtaar, George Matar. Everything I wrote about him in the Acknowledgement in Shweir.com Home Page still rings even more true today. If anyone should get such honor, it should be our al Mukhtaar, George Matar.
I do not know the guidelines for the Shweiry of the year Award. If I may make two suggestions:
1. To avoid a stalemate of one good Shweiry nominating the other, I would
accept such nomination on one condition: It would be an honor for me to share
with George such nomination with special recognition to Hilda, Rabih, Habib and
the other mentioned contributors, or
2. As an alternative, to nominate the entity of Shweir.com or the Team of Shweir.com for this special award.
Again, many thanks and best wishes to all of you who are part of the Shweir.com community.
You are the reason for the success of Shweir.com.
New Years Resolutions
There is a tradition in America: Just before New Year, people set goals they aspire to achieve during the New Year. They call these goals "New Years Resolutions". Some goals are easy and others are challenging. The idea is by trying, people get closer to their goals and enjoy a sense of accomplishment.
For Shweir, achieving the proposed goals will depend on how well the community can work together. This is not a promise but an opportunity. Can we surprise ourselves and exceed our own expectations? That is very possible and you can be part of it. With your participation and feedback, we will update these goals shortly after Christmas and post Shweir's New Years Resolutions for 2001.
1 Open House
100 Books in library
1000 Trees to be planted
2000 meters of a walking trail
2001 Plants Like trailing Geraniums
Soon these will be discussed in more depth
on the New
HAPPY HOLIDAYS - MERRY CHRISTMAS
WISHING YOU HAPPY, HEALTHY & SUCCESSFUL 2001
Posted by Anwar on November 24, 2000 at 02:50:36:
Recently, I read an excellent article by Hilda Sawaya posted on the Shweir
Bulletin Board titled “Change: Is it plausible or merely impossible?”
(See posting On October 13, 2000). While I was contemplating it, Ihsan Bou Sader
from New Zealand wrote a great response. Ever since, I have been meaning to
follow up on both of these very important messages. For your convenience I
copied and pasted their articles at the end of this message.
These two postings reminded me of a great TV program I recently watched. It was a documentary titled: “Is America number one?” The program compared three economic models, namely: America, Hong Kong and India.
Without getting too much into details, the primary factor and basic ingredients in achieving the best economic model turned out to be the freedom, ease and support of starting and conducting business in these countries with minimum government or regulatory interference.
Although Hong Kong is a very small territory with very limited natural resources, (they have to import most of their goods), the Hong Kong economic model turned out to be the best, or number one. They facilitate trade and commerce… any one can register and obtain a permit to do business in Hong Kong usually within 24 hours. They showed a contrast of how Hong Kong was a few decades ago with tin and bamboo huts and shacks. And how it transformed to a dynamic business center with high-rise & luxury offices, condos and hotels.
America was second… it takes a bit more time to get a permit to do business and there is more government and regulatory controls.
India was last. They interviewed a businessman who built a factory to employ a few hundred people. Due to apparent corruption and expectation of large bribes, some local officials would not grant him the OK to hook up to full electric power. They only allowed him intermittent power for a few hours a day to keep him barely surviving at their mercy. After 18 months of such treatment, he was forced to close the factory. The town lost hundreds of jobs that they badly needed. It was not a matter that there was limited electric supply. They interviewed a western expert who’s company would have been able to hook up the full electrical supply within a few days if approval was granted. In order to apply for approval, the applicant has to fill so many forms and pay lots of money in un-necessary application fees with each form. They showed where the forms ended up… in a warehouse or storage bundled up sitting neatly of a shelf. When the applicant needed to find out the status of his application, he had to fill more forms and pay more fees… or bribes. They interviewed a high-ranking Indian official about the merit and justification for such practices. The Indian official assured them that such system was the best and most beneficial for his people. He smiled. Half of his teeth were missing.
That example about the Indian model is prevalent throughout third world countries including most of the Middle East and much of the Mediterranean countries. Lebanon and Shweir are no exception. It is sad that because of such practices, they are still third world countries. Corruption and bribes stifle the economy and growth for entire communities and countries in order to pad the pockets of a few corrupt officials. The impact of the recent Civil War did not help matters either.
Perhaps that would help explain why in 1922 Shweir had over one hundred pages guidebook and in 2000 we have less in the form marketing and commerce?
This can be our wakeup call and a golden chance to turn things around. If our newly elected officials truly want to propel Shweir forward into the new Millennium, they will be our heroes and the entire town and its people and especially those community leaders and elected officials would benefit the most.
Which of the above three economic models would the Shweir leaders like to work with?
We pray that they will choose the right one for Shweir. If so, they will have the support of thousands of Shweirieh and we would be on our way to transform Shweir to become, as some of the Matars put it, “Arouse Al Masayef” and a model of a success story.
The following are copies of the original messages:
“Change: Is it plausible or merely impossible?”
Posted by Hilda from Tennessee on October 13, 2000 at 17:57:20:
Yesterday, I was asked: have you ever tried getting a project done in shweir ?
The answer to that is a little more complicated than I expect. I remember the time when my dad was trying to get a building permit and all the hassels associated with that. Then I remember, the little volunteer activity that I got involved in with the church organizing the " Ta'awnieh " that was put together in the church's basement with other youth.
That volunteer activity ended with a lull in the fighting and the hope that university classes that resumed will not be halted again, and our lives will go back to normal... That was in the Fall of 1976.
We, as a group, were thrilled to be together and had successfully done a project that helped many. We celebrated by having a picnic at the Sarfad, and I still remember the very delicious and spicy Armenian meat pies ( lahm b'ajeen), the tabuleh etc. as well as the time we spent talking about all kinds of things... It had gotten a little cool, but other than that it was picture perfect.
That Fall I also taught in the intermediate school and earned my first income ever from outside my family circle...I felt closer to the community since up until that time, we were more visitors than actual dwellers.
People will kindly make the excuse for not knowing who I am because my family lived away from Dhour el Shweir(in Brummana and later in Beirut) most of the time. Visiting relatives 3-4 times a week not withstanding...
Anyway, despite the war, the falling shells on the town, and the sadness that resulted after that, I still have good feelings about being a part of shweir for that time.
Now as I reflect on how many people would actually be there, if the place ,country , region etc. were not in turmoil, and do not have the kind of corruption that people even back home complain about( yet all are helpless to change) I wish that maybe all of us who do share a better visions of the place may somehow act in unison to reclaim to that part of the world what we enjoy abroad...
I mean how hard is it to stem out the tradition of corruption when everybody really resents it and would rather do without it? Obviously that tradition is deeply rooted, the economic and social realities don't make it easier, either. But what also stops anything from happening is the feeling, among our generation at home and abroad that no matter what we do, things will stay the same...
The question is: Can a change in our mindset result in a change in reality? ie if we were to believe that "yes we want to make a difference back home to the better", can we as a group based on our abilities -not necessarily monetary-influence the state of affairs back home?
As for the monetary help, I for one still own property back home, my family pays the taxes on my share and I am sure many others are like me in the same boat...So we, whether we acknowledge it or not, continue to have stakes in shweir...As such, can we affect any kind of reasonable change from such a distance?
That is the challenge and the question...
Posted by Ihsan Bou Sader in New Zealand on October 13, 2000 at 19:07:49:
In Reply to: Change: is it plausible or merely impossible? posted by Hilda on October 13, 2000 at 17:57:20:
You see that you need your own Column?
Well I agree with all that you said... in fact in NZ we have a large number of third generation Shweirieh etc... And some yime "in funerals we lament if only we were all in Shweir what a difference it will make!
Once it was said "all it takes for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing". How do we then change the apathy how do we transform the man?
Only through education and higher thought. When, that happens then people get paid according to what the economy will provide "Shelter, clothing food, education, health, retirement" unfortunately in Lebanon you are paid on the assumption that you are going to make money by bribes!
Therefore the perception becomes reality.
So the education should aim to lift the perception of Shweirie to higher plane and then their reality will follow.
At the moment we are scattered but on the right time we should all go back and help rebuild the Perception and the reality.
In the past we had Harrier, and Tanback in addition to the Building and Education to day we have the Goubeh! We need to change that by creating Cottage Industries or other type of Wealth generation in Shweir . Then people would stay and we can solve the perception.
Thank you Anwar and George and Hilda and Nora for this opportunity to share with other Shweirieh some thoughts...
Posted November 7, 2000
When I first created the first web pages, the blank pages looked so naked. I wanted to write things to fill the pages that had some meaning and value to entice readers to join in and take action. I gave each page a most suitable topic and wrote a brief intro. On some pages, I kind of began a dialogue on things that related to me personally. I remembered when my aunts, who lived in San Francisco, get excited about receiving a letter from Shweir… only to be disappointed by the little info that was inside. It seemed the letters were of similar form to a generic and “safe” letter that did not say much. The content of most letters went something like this: “Hello, how are you? We are fine. We pray to God to keep you in good health and happiness to you and your family. Sorry, we did not write sooner because we were busy… Everyone here says hello. Goodbye for now”. My aunts would be upset that everybody wasted their time and folks back home wasted a stamp on a letter that said nothing. It was duplicate of letters that were sent five months ago, a year ago….etc. They began to wonder if this was an example on how poorly they managed what little money they had or was sent to them.
With these thoughts in mind, I tried to set the tone by sharing personal experiences and at other times I wrote dialogues as if I were talking to my best friend. Initially, I kind of felt as if I was out there on a limb, baring my soul to the world.
Although there was that uneasy feeling early on, it felt good afterwards especially when people began to respond so positively and send pictures, share their memories, participate on the Bulletin Board and take an active role…
If I were to write a wish list of the kind of people who would take an active role, I could not have described my wish list any better than what we have now in person of our al Mukhtaar, George Matar, everything I said about you in The Power of an Idea and a Team; Acknowledgement apply even more so today. There is no need to repeat. To our talented Editor-Columnist Hilda Sawaya, you make the web pages come alive with your refreshing, innovative and relevant topics and articles. You and George are setting beautiful examples about getting in touch with our feelings and expressing ourselves in a positive and mutually beneficial way. Your instinctive talents coupled for your love and dedication to Shweir and Shweir.com, your openness and sense of humor are beyond any wish list. All our visitors have to do, is read Shweir Bulletin Board or their columns (on this page) to get a glimpse on what I am talking about. I look forward to reading the updates and postings and I get so tempted to respond to many of them only if I can spare the time.
Recently, Rabih Khoury, with his IT (Information
Technology) background enhanced many features of our web site including a new
and more sophisticated Bulletin Board, eShweir greeting card and a few bells and
whistles. A very warm Shweiry welcome to
Ihsan Bou Sader all the way in New Zealand who will be sending computers to Shweir... and Dr. Klee with her Wisdom in Australia
A special acknowledgement to you, our readers, many of you volunteered to assist. You enhance this journey to help make the star of Shweir shine even brighter.
Thank you Hilda, George, Rabih, Rosalie, Nora, Ihsan, Walid, Naji, Ghassan, Mike, Fouad, Hana, Klee, Matar family, all of you who participated on the Shwier Bulletin Board and signed in our Guest Book...I can go on, but I need to complete and post the next update...
Anwar George Kenicer
Posted October 15, 2000
While I was reading the Bulletin Board, our Shweir.com columnist, Hilda, suggested to feature a segment written by the webmaster. I am happy to oblige. here it is.
Two quick announcements:
One: is that I am recovering from the Love Bug... Computer Virus... Love Letter...Luckily, I managed to catch it in time before it infected all my files. Big time setback. Accordingly, I now urge everyone to update your anti virus software by downloading the updates off the web and do not open suspicious attachments.
Two: I will be going out of town to Seattle for a few days and wish to make this update before I leave town.
since time is short, I will write in more depth for the next update.