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The memoir has three basic sections, covering three basic periods of my life:

        • The Israel/Palestine conflict. Elements of the conflict, during the critical period of the first half of the twentieth century, are presented in a down to earth manner, and as a personal narrative; it is being at the heart of instability and hostility in the Middle East.
        • Life as a refugee in Lebanon and ultimate emigration
        • Life in the US: Resolving inner conflicts and reconciling Arab-Islamic identity with modern American culture

 

It is conceived and intended as the best gift I could offer to my fellow men and women of the global village. It is a special gift; because I know most about it and is unique to me: for it is about my life. It has rich lessons related to human relations at many levels: from the individual to the family, to the community, to the national and international. The lessons point to ways of improving the human condition in the Middle East in a major way including realizing peace. The lessons have larger implications and greater reach worldwide.

 

It is fundamentally a story of Hope, Inspiration, and Greater Understanding thru Ghazi’s life journey, symbolized by the “Sunshine” in the book’s title. It is a story of Overcoming communal strife, upheaval, tragic human and material losses, limited means, and of Identifying Ways for better human existence.

 

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Ghazi in Haifa, 1946, at the end of school day

Ghazi, Haifa 1946, was taken by brother Fouad, on our way home of Carmel Station after school. Unfortunately, the picture does not have much of a background to look at.

 

Ghazi's father Qasim by the Almond Tree, Carmel Station Home,Haifa ~1946

Ghazi’s father, Qasim, Haifa 1946, by the Almond tree in the backyard, taken by brother Fouad

Mother, Sa'da, center,Munawwar on the left, and Haliema on the right ~1947

Ghazi’s mother, Sa’da, in the center, sister Munawwar on her right, sister Haliema on her left, Haifa 1947, just before the diaspora.

Virginia and Ghazi wedding photo Sept. 1958

Virginia and Ghazi, wedding picture, Bismarck, ND, September 1958

Linda and Ghazi wedding picture, Fargo, ND, June 1984

Linda and Ghazi wedding picture, Fargo, ND, June 1984

Sister Haliema and Ghazi, 1992, strolling by the Mediterranean, just south of Latakya, Syria. Ghazi’s persistent demands to walk with Haliema in the sunshine, as a little child in Haifa (Cf. p. 30 of Memoir), have been the inspiration for the Memoir’s title

Sister Haliema and Ghazi, 1992, strolling by the Mediterranean, just south of Latakya, Syria. Ghazi’s persistent demands to walk with Haliema in the sunshine, as a little child in Haifa (Cf. p. 30 of Memoir), have been the inspiration for the Memoir’s title

 

Traditional families gathering, July 4th, 2001, in front our Lake Cottage on Lake Pelican, Minnesota. Four generations are in the gathering. Back row: Linda’s Dad, Paul, at age 95, second from the right. Linda is first from the left, and Ghazi is fourth from the left. Others in the gathering are the three daughters, their spouses, and all seven grandchildren (Cf. pp. 349, 350 in the Memoir)

Traditional families gathering, July 4th, 2001, in front our Lake Cottage on Lake Pelican, Minnesota. Four generations are in the gathering. Back row: Linda’s Dad, Paul, at age 95, second from the right. Linda is first from the left, and Ghazi is fourth from the left. Others in the gathering are the three daughters, their spouses, and all seven grandchildren (Cf. pp. 349, 350 in the Memoir)

 

Hassoun family get-to-gather, winter 2006, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The picture, spontaneously taken by Linda, shows Ghazi fourth from the right in the back row, Fouad is next to him to the right, then Fouad’s wife, Fay, further to the right, with son Ismat to her left. Others in the picture are: two sons of brother Hamadi, two other sons of Fouad, some grandchildren of Fouad, brother Yousef, and sister Zahiyye, two great-grandsons of Yousef and one great-grandson of Zahiyye (Cf. pp. 349, 350 in Memoir)

Hassoun family get-to-gather, winter 2006, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The picture, spontaneously taken by Linda, shows Ghazi fourth from the right in the back row, Fouad is next to him to the right, then Fouad’s wife, Fay, further to the right, with son Ismat to her left. Others in the picture are: two sons of brother Hamadi, two other sons of Fouad, some grandchildren of Fouad, brother Yousef, and sister Zahiyye, two great-grandsons of Yousef and one great-grandson of Zahiyye (Cf. pp. 349, 350 in Memoir)

 

Linda and Ghazi, March 1999, in Tyre, Lebanon. 2000+ years ancient ruins are in the background, as well as modern apartment buildings and Jaffariyya’s College building, having a clock tower but no clock!

Linda and Ghazi, March 1999, in Tyre, Lebanon. 2000+ years ancient ruins are in the background, as well as modern apartment buildings and Jaffariyya’s College building, having a clock tower but no clock!