Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. These are exciting times for us.We are writing the last twenty pages of “Emotional Frustration-the hushed plague” and we would like to thank all those who have generously forwarded their suggestions and corrections to our e-mail address.

A few days ago we were having lunch in “Fatair Al Basha”, a great Lebanese cafeteria and mini-market owned by our dear friend Samir, when we spotted a package of cous-cous made in Canada on one of the nearby racks. Our mind went instantly back to the readings of our youth in a Montevideo apartment, eliciting the images of a caravan of nomadic tribesmen trekking through the unforgiving sands of the Sahara. In order to survive, they often carried three critical supplies: water, cous-cous and tea leaves.

On the spot we decided to prepare a cous-cous of chicken and vegetables, seasoned with a little olive oil, parsley, turmeric and honey. My son said that it was a truly superb dish. Today we woke up with renewed energy and enthusiasm to tackle our manuscript. Emulating the stoic berbers, we will momentarily mount on the back of our mouse and glide again through the glistening grains of our laptop’s screen to reach the blissful oasis.

Through the blinding haze, the tower of the magic city begins to shape in the distance. Thank you God Almighty for holding our hands all along this journey.

Ahzaa birihlat yavida!