Under The Zinzlakhti Tree at Abou Alif Place - By
4th August 2000
commenting on the above picture I sent to him. The picture was taken in
front of Afif Khoury's shop at Bazbina. Under the Zenzlakht tree, in
Winter of 1960, there were sitting left to right: Saad Slaiman (Bitar),
Fayez Khoury, ........... more
Immigrants recall homeland in old Syria at Arnold
By Charles Shearer, Monday, August 22, 1984
From Carol Farid Bitar Ofeish,
Falls Church, VA 22042, 12th January 2000
Dear Manuel, I am
sending you this picture and the article that appeared in the New
Kensington Daily Dispatch on August 22, 1977.
In the picture from left
to right they are James Kanaan age 87, Sarah Naamy 86, Tillie Kanaan 85,
and Charles Joseph (my husband's grandfather) age 88. ...........
Uncle Khoury Ibrahim Nassar – By Hassan El-Bietar
8th February 2000
Dear Manuel, This is a
story about my Uncle Khoury Ibrahim Nassar. My mother, Lousiana, came
one Saturday noon to Uncle Ibrahim house. Some chicken kept coming from
his neighbor’s place, Hajj Adel Salam Al-Ali (he lived across from my
uncle’s house). Uncle Ibrahim told my mom ...........
TO THE GOOD MEMORY OF ELIAS ISSA.
Posted by Roula Elias Issa on March 26, 2001
I miss you dad. I am
sad we lost you so soon and in this painful way. I wish you lived longer
to see our children grow up. You filled our days with laughter and joy,
and now your death has left a great void in our lives. You were the
greatest loving dad and the dearest friend to all of us. You devoted
your life to us; you provided for us, took care of us and listened to
our problems. You were our safety net. ...........
Spiridon Hazim – By Hassan El-Bietar
Mon, 17 Jan 2000
Dear Manuel, Spiridon
was a folk hero in Bazbina’s turbulent and nostalgic past. He never paid
attention to the local problems or to the daily disputes of the local
power struggle in the village. He was above all this ...........
Uncle Merched Nassar – Hassan El-Bietar
12th March 2000
Dear Manuel, Thank you
for the wishes regarding my return to SF. Are you planning to visit the
States? Remember you have a home there as well. Keep in touch and update
your news and where abouts. Give my best ...........
From Eduardo Federico Antun
Santo Domingo, Wed., 21st April 1999
Dear Manuel, I am
sorry that I could not write to you earlier. I really wanted to express
my great pleasure to have met you during your recent visit to the
Dominican Republic. Ever since I was a little kid ...........
From Toufic Ashkar, Houston
To Daniel Hazim, Atlanta,
28th April 1999.
Dear Daniel, While
visiting you in Atlanta, Moussa Moussa (son of Anwar Moussa) was
walking around admiring your liquor store. Suddenly, he saw something
that he thought he must warn you about in order for you not to loose
Roots and the Family Tree - By Alejandro Hazim
Miami 6th May. 2000.
Hi Manuel, How are you
and the family? I hope all are in the best of health. I’m not very good
at writting but, I was compeled to drop you these few lines. This may
sound just silly but, I felt you should be praised for the time and
effort you are putting into this project. I personally feel a great
sense of pride saying: ...........
E-mails Received Re: Bazbina
As At May 10th, 1999.
Querido Manuel: Por
que parte del mundo andas en estos monentos? Solo unas lineas
para saludarte y saber de tí. Un abrazo de Alberto Santana y
Lily Khoury de Santana. (Daughter of Nabih ...........
The Bitar Family of Bazbina, Akkar.
Written by Farid Abdallah Bitar
The little that I know
about the origin of the Bitar family, I heard it when I was a child from
my father in his occasional conversations with others of the family.
At that time I was a child and I did not pay much attention, but after
From Hassan El-Bietar
15Th April 2001
Dear Manuel, I
received your fax and "thank you very much". While in Lebanon please
remember me and try to eat some of those green and delicious plums and
almond with salt for me. Don't forget to go and get some "zawba'e" and "hyiloon",
the fun is to pick them up yourself. This is a fun thing to do.
News From the Village
4th Sept. 2001.
As I passed the month
of August in the Village, I could tell you what is going on: The son of
Malek Abdel Fattah El-Charif, Ahmad, got wed. The whole village plus
many others from Beireh, Ain Yaacoub, Berej, Tekrit, Akkar El-Atika etc.
were invited to a dinner party at “Jannet Arka”. The party gathered 1200
persons for a seated ...........
Artesian Water Well At Wadi Deir.
During the spring of
2001, the Municipality of Bazbina bored and equipped an artesian water
well located at Wadi Deir to supplement the water supply network of the
village that was brought from Ain El-Tini as well as to augment
Roula Karim Nassar
They Make Me a Designer Again
By JOSH PATNER, February 16, 2003
IR!" I don't
respond. "Sir! Can I help you?" The big Jamaican bass voice booms in my
ears. I don't have my faculty ID. Turning, I peer at the security guard
through sunglasses, and he nods at the sign-in clipboard for visitors.
As I write V-a-l-e-n-t-i-n-o, I ask myself, What would anyone who didn't
need to be at the Parsons School of Design be doing here? I'd better get
a life, I think...........