About Me: My home is in Oregon and I love travelling to new places and meeting new people. Not just meeting people, but really connecting and sharing stories and passions. I lived in Beirut, Lebanon during my teen years and that was life-changing in terms of my values and priorities. I love World Pulse and support Global Fund for Women, the American Friends Service Committee's peace work, and Kiva and I am currently reading Half the Sky. I am very concerned about the environment and want to do more to make positive changes. I am employed at a community college working with women who are currently unemployed, "coaching" them to believe in their self-worth and to take positive steps towards self-sufficiency by furthering their education and/or increasing their marketable skills by seeking volunteer opportunities. I also enjoy teaching a College Success seminar. I live 2 hours from the Pacific Ocean and when I am at the coast, I feel as though the ocean feeds my soul!

My Passions: Dolphins, the ocean, rainbows, and networking with others...Reading to children and hanging out with my 5 grandchildren!

My Challenges: Having patience, listening without interrupting, reducing my carbon footprint

My Vision for the Future: PEACE, EQUITY, Sharing of Resources

My Areas of Expertise: Recognizing the positive in situations and focusing on building on strengths, Group Facilitation, Networking

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Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

Its so exciting having you with us, your life sounds really great! Why was leaving in Lebanon life changing? I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends and I know that you will find this to be a positive experience I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!



Fatima-- You asked how leaving Lebanon was life changing for me. I was 17 and starting my senior year in high school in the U.S. I had my first job working at McDonald's of all places! I felt as though I didn't fit in at all. I was teased and called "camel jockey" (although I have never ridden a camel). My focus was on education and making sense of the world and my peers' focus seemed to be on material things and appearances. The year after I returned to the U.S., the Lebanese civil war began and it broke my heart to hear about the condition of my adopted country. Since then, I have struggled to make sense of how the U.S. continues to take on a bully role in the Middle East. I get frustrated with the media that focuses so much on negative news and sensationalism and I love human interest stories. During the Lebanese civil war, I remember hearing the story of a woman in Beirut who risked her life to return to her home to tend to her garden. I love making connections with people of other cultures and I love Middle Eastern food. PEACE! Phinnie

Wow! Phinnie thank you for sharing your story with me. God bless your heart and the change you bring to the world. I would say you have had the best of both worlds; living in the United States and Lebanon. The Lebanese civil war was from 1975 - 1990 right? then the war between Lebanon and Israel in 2006 took the country almost a 100 years back. A friend of mine lost everything in that war. Why can we just have global peace? I love middle eastern food too.



Fatima-- I am new to this and still learning to navigate my way around. I love your passion for life and your work! I love Scrabble too. What kind of music do you enjoy? Where does your friend who lost everything in the Lebanese war live now?

Visualizing Peace! Phinnie

I enjoy R&B/Hip hop, soft rock, jazz, soft rap as well, pop. My Friend Ali moved to the United States many years ago but had his parents and some siblings in Beirut. He had investments in Beirut, his parents lost the house he built for them, everything gone in the blink of an eye. His family were internally displaced for a while.



Your musical tastes are quite diverse...do you have a favorite artist? And, I am curious about your age...I will be 55 next month but I think I feel 40! PEACE! Phinnie

Favorite artist hmmmm! i love the Cranberries even though they broke up a while ago, Maxwell, Lighthouse family, Joe, Mary J. Oh! how can i forget Michael Jackson. I am 31



Welcome Phinnie,

First of all - I love your name! It's so sweet sounding and rolls nicely off the tongue. It's great to see another local Portland woman on PulseWire. We hope to someday soon do a PulseWire Meet-up so that we can all connect face to face... starting here and moving to other cities around the world.

You have already so courageously and honestly made your voice heard in our community and I encourage you to continue sharing your experiences, ideas, passions and anything else that's on your mind.

A good place to start is by writing in your journal to further introduce yourself, your work and your passions to the PulseWire community. Think of your journal as a blog, where you can speak your mind and reach an audience of over 3000 women and supporters of women's initiatives. Check out what others are writing about in Voices Rising. I think that you will find PulseWire to be an exciting place to garner support, make connections and share your story!

Also, as you're reading Half the Sky, you might want to join the World Pulse Book Club as that is our official Jan/Feb selection. Check it out! http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/12087

Warm regards, Jade

Online Community Manager World Pulse

Jade-- It was great to see you at the incredible World Pulse event at Mercy Corps this week! Both times I have met you, I have been drawn by your sincere warmth and passion. I have not visited Pulse Wire much lately due to a new teaching position that has consumed most of my time but I have missed the international connections and the inspiring stories. Wednesday evening was absolutely awesome!