Ghadames, Unesco World Heritage Site in Libya: Is it in danger?

Libya has been in the news a lot lately, from the catastrophic flooding that killed over 10,000 people, to continued strife between warring factions. It breaks my heart when I hear such devastating news about a country a grew up in and have fond memories of. I’ve left Libya years ago, but I still find … Read more

A Lifelong Journey: My Stamp Collecting Odyssey from Tripoli to the World

The Humble Beginnings Growing up in Tripoli during the 1960s was a unique experience. The world was a different place back then, and entertainment options were limited compared to today’s standards. Television was a luxury: only one family on our block had a television, and every night at 7:00 p.m. when cartoons started, all the … Read more

West Irian, Indonesia

As a collector of stamps, I enjoy looking at stamps with maps on them. The stamps shows a country’s borders, geography, and aspirations on a world stage. Sometimes, I am surprised and saddened by the lost of a culture or country. Other times, I marvel at the formation of a new nation out of colonial … Read more

Explore The Historic City of Redlands

History The City of Redlands was founded in 1887 by a group of citrus growers who were looking for a more temperate climate than the hot desert valleys of Southern California. The city was named after the red earth that was found in the area. Redlands quickly became a major citrus growing center, and by … Read more

Mapping Zaha Hadid Buildings

*Image from the website of Zaha Hadid Architects Zaha Hadid was a trailblazing architect who revolutionized the field with her groundbreaking designs. Born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1950, Hadid studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut before moving to London to attend the Architectural Association School of Architecture. She graduated in 1977 and founded … Read more