About the Author

Ellen Lessard
Blurbarian Since December 2012
Name Ellen Lessard
My Web Site www.musingsfromarabia.com
Location Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
Gender Female
My Occupation Teacher
My Bio Working as a kindergarten teacher in Yahar, UAE for 3 year has offered a great deal of richness and depth to my life, love and work experience. It's not my first time living in this part of the world. From 1988-1990 I lived in Yemen as a Peace Corps volunteer. My love of this part of the world has tinted my view of life. I'm here long enough not to be in the "honeymoon" phase. And the greatest gift of this experience is sharing it with my husband, Jim Lessard. There is a lot that can be said about living in the Middle East. The main thing I love about living here is the easy-going rhythm of life and the attitude of in-sha-allah: "God-willing". Although aggravating to some, the mere disregard of time as the underlying driver of life, charms me and touches something in me that runs deep. A friend of mine one time said to me, "Why do you like Arabia?" I thought for a minute and he said, "It's another world view." And I had to say, "Yes, that's it. It's another world view."

Things I Don't Mind The World Knowing

Spoiler alert: I'm thinking my next book will be about...
The heart of a child.
Everyone needs to know about these authors and artists...
Rainer Maria Rilke, Thich Nhat Hanh, Simone de Beauvoir, Ann Sexton, Kahlil Gibran, Henry Matisse - the Chapel at Rosaire, Rodin, Cezanne.
This book is addictive. Read it. (At your own risk.)
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King.