Hanna H. Farha was born on March 29, 1938 in Marjeyoun, a town in Southern Lebanon. He grew up there alongside his seven brothers and sisters, and went on to graduate from Marjayoun National College in 1958.

Hanna would serve the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the U.S. State Department between 1959 and 1976, and worked in Beirut, as well as in Washington D.C. and Tunisia.

During his time with the FSI, he taught Arabic to dozens of prominent ambassadors and Assistant Secretaries of State, such as Richard William Murphy, Morris Draper (Middle East Envoy tasked with leading the Lebanese-Israeli talks of 1983), Fred Galanto, David Newton, Dr. Nathaniel Howell, Kenton Keith, George Lane, Charles Widney, Robert Polletro, and the distinguished Edward Djerejian, who served in eight U.S. administrations (from Presidents John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton).

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I am 73 Today

June 9, 2011
Ain Aar

To my dear friend Walid Ghulmieh:

Dear Walid,

I cannot imagine you saying any thing different from the following...
At the age of 73, you felt it was time to move to the real world of love, truth, peace, tranquility and justice...

God bless your soul my friend. You did a great job here.

So long.

I know
I'm 73 today
I wonder
Why people
Keep reminding me
Of my age
On this very date!

At this age
I feel
I'm closer to the beginning
More than anytime
In the past...
I mean closer
To a new life


April 22, 2011
Ain Aar, Lebanon

In the name of my fellow Palestinians
I say:

Thank you Peres
Thank you Netanyahu
Thank you Barak
Thank you Lieberman

Thank you for all the good things
you've done for our country

Thank you for " planting" our Palestinian land
with those beautiful buildings

Thank you for surrounding every building
and every house
with those fantastic gardens

Thank you for decorating those balconies
with those gorgeous plants and flowers

Thank you for all those wide streets
you built for our future generations

Thank you for all those schools and universities

Marwan and the Aircraft

March 15, 2009
Ain Aar, Lebanon

When little Marwan saw Slumber getting near, he closed his eyes. Slumber was watching him carefully. He noticed Marwan's eyelashes shivering, so he asked:

"Something is bothering you Marwan. Tell me what it is...Perhaps I can help."

Marwan opened his eyes and said "It is the aircraft...The aircraft is bothering me..."

"The aircraft?" asked Slumber with astonishment..."Don't you like aircrafts?"

My Beautiful Cat is Looking for a New Home

March 15, 2009
Dubai, UAE

Color is black and white (like America)

Seems she comes from a good family. Her father is a HIRR (male cat), and her mother is a HIRRA (female one). So don’t worry, pure origin!

June: The Month of Warmth and Joy

March 15, 2009

June is the month of joy and pleasure—it begins in spring and ends in summer.

In Arabic, June is hazeeran, derived from the Syriac word hazeeroun. June has 30 days and the light increases until the 22nd- when the sun enters the sign of the zodiac Cancer, and welcomes the heat as its best friend. After the 22nd, the light begins to decrease gradually.

Most welcome the heat, which reinvigorates and signals the coming harvest. But it surprises others, who say June’s heat changes milk to curdled yogurt.