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ARAB WISDOM TRADITIONS FOR TODAY’S SOCIETY

    The older I get, the more I value the wisdom of my grandmother’s teachings.  She taught me to be resourceful.  Our family used water to clean. Then they used it for the garden where we grew all the vegetables and medicinal herbs.   There were no bathrooms.  Everything was made by hand, we sewed our clothing.  She made natural medicines from herbs.  Before it was fashionable, she mediated between families and couples in the areas around our village, helping them to reconcile if possible.

BEE KEEPING AND PEACE KEEPING

    My grandmother Nasra, was a wonderful woman.  Grandmother built bee hives from clay and cow dung mixed together.  This produced strong building material. She built them in cylindrical form, adding to it as each layer dried hard. 

    Each new generation of bees left, searching for a place to start a new hive. Grandmother would find them massed in a low tree in the garden. She would put a pot under them and would gently shoo them down into it, talking to them and reassuring them over and over, “Be quiet, you are safe, you are a blessing.”