The Fennec Fox or Desert Fox

By : Hatem Dhwibi

 

As kids, we were taught that animals are classified into two categories, wild animals and domestic animals or pets. Currently, we can’t really tell the difference between wild and domestic because savages are housetrained and tamed to be pets. Personally, I think there are some animals that are too messy and wild to be tamed though they are cute looking, such as the fennec fox or desert fox.

Though I have lived real close to the desert, I have never got the chance to hold or even to look closely at a fennec fox. I like the fennec fox because it is a unique type of animals, and a unique kind of foxes. The fennec fox is different from other foxes in terms of genetics and behaviors. They live in groups called harems, natives of North Africa and part of the Middle East. Compared to their bodies, the fennecs have some six inches length ears, sometimes longer, which allow them to radiate the heat acting as a cooling device, and give them an acute hearing as they can pick up movements even underground.

Their fur coat is soft, thick and short, sandy color which serves as a perfect camouflage, also it reflects the sun light which helps the fennec fox stay cool. They are very active and quick which is needed for their hunt. They are omnivores, they eat rodents, lizards, birds, eggs, plants, fruits and reptiles. Their eating diet would make it easy having them as pets as one wouldn’t worry what to feed them, but will have to worry a lot about how to behave them, they are energetic, always need an outlet, clever, very curious and love to dig. They live in the wild life but they are very friendly, they only bite when they are feeling threatened and they love cuddling. Imagining having a loose fennec fox in the house, it would be a mess, an enormous one. Ancient Arabs used to say : ‘Two dogs make a fennec play, three make him laugh, four make him run about, five make him flee and six dogs finally catch him’. This is how fast and clever the fennec fox is.”

These cute wild animals are an endangered species today, they are almost extinct and we, the human beings, are the number one responsible for that. We hunt them for sport and fur, we make them disappear.

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The Fennec Fox or Desert Fox

 

By : Hatem Dhwibi

 

As kids, we were taught that animals are classified into two categories, wild animals and domestic animals or pets. Currently, we can’t really tell the difference between wild and domestic because savages are housetrained and tamed to be pets. Personally, I think there are some animals that are too messy and wild to be tamed though they are cute looking, such as the fennec fox or desert fox.

Though I have lived real close to the desert, I have never got the chance to hold or even to look closely to a fennec fox. I like the fennec fox because it is a unique type of animals, and a unique kind of foxes. The fennec fox is different from other foxes in terms of genetics and behaviors. They live in groups called harems, natives of North Africa and part of the Middle East. Compared to their bodies, the fennecs have some six inches length ears, sometimes longer, which allow them to radiate the heat acting as a cooling device, and give them an acute hearing as they can pick up movements even underground.

Their fur coat is soft, thick and short, sandy color which serves as a perfect camouflage, also it reflects the sun light which helps the fennec fox stays cool. They are very active and quick which is needed for their hunt. They are omnivores, they eat rodents, lizards, birds, eggs, plants, fruits and reptiles. Their eating diet would make it easy having them as pets as one wouldn’t worry what to feed them, but will have to worry a lot about how to behave them, they are energetic, always need an outlet, clever, very curious and love to dig. They live in the wild life but they are very friendly, they only bite when they are feeling threatened and they love cuddling. Imagining having a loose fennec fox in the house, it would be a mess, an enormous one. Ancient Arabs used to say : ‘Two dogs make a fennec play, three make him laugh, four make him run about, five make him flee and six dogs finally catch him’. This is how fast and clever the fennec fox is.”

These cute wild animals are endangered species today, they are almost extinct and we, the human beings, are the number one responsible for that. We hunt them for sport and fur, we make them disappear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Dream Island Djerba

 

  

By : Hatem Dhwibi

 

Can two or many distant different worlds share a common ground one day? Yes they can as long as the will exists. By feeling each others, by listening to each others, by not judging each others, by supporting one another, everything is possible. During my days in the States, I have noticed that a large number of people have no clue about what’s in the outside world except the few doubtful ideas they heard somewhere. I have been asked too many times about Tunisia, how it is? Where we go? If it is fun? So I decided to revive some of my old articles about my country so that some ideas come clear.

Djerba is one of my best places to visit. Djerba in Tunisia is kind of like Las Vegas in America. It is the melting pot of different cultures, religions, and civilizations. It is the ultimate destination for tourists and lovers of life. Djerba, they call it ‘dream island’, I would rather call it ‘lovers island’. I love to see the sparkles around those couples walking in the city’s streets and alleys, hands of traditional incenses are coming out of the stores and shops of crafts, a smell that would attract lovers to come in and buy gifts and souvenirs, necklaces, bracelets, hats, dresses, shoes, rings. The beautiful warm weather, the sun, the trees, the sand, it’s all loveable. A nice young lady said : ‘what’s not to love about Djerba?. It is here where I met my soul mate, I came from France to spend a holiday and he was here on a business trip, we first talked on the pirates’ ship on the way to ‘Ras Rmal’. We rode a camel together on the beach, it was fun, the fragrance of the blue sea, the sound of waves calling the seagull, the golden sand, it was so intimate. At night, we headed to a night club, music was so loud, we have been together since then.’

Discos and night clubs in Djerba are always full of people who come to enjoy the music, they play all kinds of music, Latinos, Dancehall, RnB, HipHop, Techno, Electronic…etc. It’s tiny island with a considerable content. My second meeting with Lyn was in Djerba, it is also where I first met Ricky and Paul, they are very nice joyful people. I have made many good friends in Djerba like everyone else does every single day. A series of hotels is placed in the area of Midoun, so close to the beach, while the area of  Houmet Esouk is designated for the presentation of traditions and crafts. A large market where you can find anything you desire to buy. If you are interested in studying the place’s customs, Guellala is the best place to be around and in. In Guellala, there is a great museum that remains dedicated to the folk art and traditions of Djerba’s early inhabitants, their clothing style, their weddings ceremonies and circumcision rituals. It also contains a large collection of pottery.

Pack your baggage, make a reservation, call the ones you love and tell them about your future destination, the island of Djerba and share the best of life moments.

‘Ras Rmal’ is a small island within the island. Reachable through a short cruise across the sea in the pirates ship. It is so exposed to the sun so most tourists go to tan while playing games and having fun as one big family.

Djerba has its magic, and distance is a challenge, a challenge worth working for.

 

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A Stranger in America A Regular Day for a Café

 

By: Hatem Dhwibi

 

Today was a regular day. It was spent like how regular days were spent back in my country. Waking up late, having a café, then back home. Not any type of café, precisely an espresso. I am addicted to espressos. It took me so long though to figure out that there are places here who serve espresso. It is weaker here, not like the one strong shot I used to have that makes the eyes flip around the head. A café for me is one of the means to unite people. Different people being in one place, sharing everything that can be shared, seats, cigarettes, stories, sharing happiness and pain…etc. A coffee place is where people are delighted, where the people are unrestricted.

Sweet Bay Coffee was my destination. First, the reason I am not trying to get any other type of other café in America is because I failed that test in my life. Some things really make no sense. When I first came, I went to a coffee shop. I didn’t know if they have the same as I used to have so I asked what they have. The waiter suggested ‘Latté’ as it is apparently the most popular one so I accepted, and at this point started the embarrassment. We went through the question/answer thing for about 10 minutes. She started investigating me with no stop more than the homeland security officer did; café latté or latte macchiato? What size, small or medium or large or grande? Hot, iced or frozen? What flavor, chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut, cinnamon, caramel, orange? …etc. I can’t remember all the questions I’ve been asked because they did not make sense to me especially as what I got at the end was a café with milk, but I remember three other names for the iced latte, ‘bootleg latte’, ‘ghetto latte’, and ‘poor man’s latte’. I didn’t like these variations too because they were somehow racist for me as a black middle man from the south.  Anyway, since that investigation I’ve decided that I will only have an espresso no matter what.

I wasn’t questioned in the Sweet Bay Coffee because all I’ve asked was one shot of espresso. Sweet Bay Coffee is a decent shop that has been happily serving Fort Smith, Arkansas area since 1996. The prices are affordable, their menu is long as a valley walkway but no one would complain because people have different tastes. They have cold drinks such as root beer float which is only 3.79$, mocha shake for 4.39$, Vietnamese French coffee for 3.69$. They have tea or ‘Chai’  as in Arabic for 3.49$. They have hot drinks like hot chocolate and steamer for 2.79$ a single and 3.09$ for a double. They have pizzas, Panini, sandwiches, wraps…etc, but I was only there to have an espresso.

The place was quiet and peaceful. I love coffees so I will for sure learn more about the ‘Americano café’, about the ‘mocha’, the ‘latte’ and the ‘macchiato’. As so far, I’ve learnt that all the types are derived from the espresso. The ‘macchiato’ or ‘cortado’ as it is called in Mexico, is an espresso with a small amount of milk, usually foamed. ‘Mocha’ or ‘mocaccino’ or ‘mochachino’, is mainly made of chocolate, espresso and hot milk. The name ‘mocha’ is derived from the city of ‘Mocha, Yemen’, which was one of the centers of early coffee trade.

Coffee makes me happy, so we call a sad coffee a despresso.

 

A Stranger in America Fort Smith Museum of History Part 2 “Strangest stories with Caroline Speir”

 

By : Hatem Dhouibi

 

We live in a world of parallelization and simulation. And so I believe that this world has two different fractions, two existential. There’s the world that we live in, we can see, we can touch, and we can manipulate. And another which we cannot see but we can feel as whoever or whatever lives in this world tries sometimes to connect to our world.

Caroline Speir states : “I and my director Lisa have been here at the museum for ten years. We started here pretty close to each other as we were classmates in college. There wasn’t really something scary but there were constantly weird and odd things happening around within two or three months since we began working. It was like someone was trying to get our attention. One day we had some volunteers upon the second floor. One of the volunteers was Judge Parker’s wife. Near the elevator they heard some kind of a mechanical sound, more like a growl. Also for a variety of times we’ve heard the elevator dings simultaneously with the growl but it wasn’t moving, just empty. At the same place where the sound was heard, in the second floor, we once had a young girl with her grandmother visiting and she said that someone has been pushing her from behind a couple of times as she became upset and started crying.”

Except for the voices and sounds, have you ever seen anything unusual? I wish that I haven’t asked that.

Caroline’s next story carried the answer to my question, she said : “That happened on the fourth floor. I was picking up some things with the company of my daughter and her young blonde female friend. I asked them to wait for me by the elevator until I grab some things for work. When I was doing what I came to do, I raised my sight ahead to see the young friend walking to the end of the place. Due to the equipment, I was only able to see her starting from her shoulders. As I finished, I turned to my daughter who was behind me and asked her to call her friend back so we can go down. Surprisingly she told me that her friend went back downstairs a while ago as she couldn’t stand the atmosphere of the place. I told my daughter that I  just saw her friend walking toward the end of the place, so my daughter grabbed my hand, we took the elevator back to the first floor and her friend was there waiting. I was real conscious about what I was seeing up there.”

“I thought for a while that the girl I have seen might have been just an illusion until one day a couple who were expecting a babe came with their young son to take some pictures at the second floor. I was watching the boy while the husband and wife were taking pictures. All the sudden he turned towards me like a thought has occurred to him, like something has gotten his attention and said ‘babe!’. I thought for a second that we were playing hide and seek, so I kept following behind him while he was walking around like chasing something and keep repeating the word ‘babe’. He wasn’t scared but he was acting different. He went all around until he came to the place where a puppet was put, he pointed finger to the puppet and smiled and said ‘babe’ one last time, like he finally found what he was going after.”

 

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A Stranger in America Fort Smith Museum of History Part 1

 

By : Hatem Dhouibi

 

For some reason I decided that my next article will be about Fort Smith’s Museum of History. I went, got a ticket, and I started exploring what is inside. There was nothing special actually during my tour inside the museum, or it is better to say that I did not find what I was expecting or what I was looking for, but only in the beginning. To be fair, the museum as a world of history is perfect.  It contains different aspects of different historical eras of different nations.

First, let me give you readers a glimpse of the things that got my eyes open in the museum then I will tell you how the story has changed.

The most attractive thing on the first floor was the Fort Smith’s First Professional Fire Engine. This steam pumper was a symbol of Fort Smith’s growth as a city like it was said. Pulled by horse and later by a truck, first Engine was purchased in the early 1900’s. it was designed for city fire stations that employed men on a full-time basis, because its large boiler (the source of the power used to spray water onto fires) required daily heating.

Right next to the Fire Engine lays a beautiful black bell. This bell was purchased in 1888 for use in the second Sebastian county courthouse. Measuring approximately fifty inches in diameter and weighing slightly over 2500 pounds. The bell is made of eighty percent copper and twenty percent tin. Horse manure and fire sand were also used in the casting process. The bell was poured in October, 1888, by the McShane Bell Foundry in Baltimore, Maryland.

I then took the elevator to the second floor. As I love everything about photos, videos and sounds, I just found myself walking toward the Tv and Radio stations exhibitions. The ACTS Television Camera is a KY19 model studio camera that was used in ACTS cable station studios at First Baptist Church starting in 1985 primarily for the Fort Smith Alive talk program that ran for 24 years. Also there was a black and white GE Studio camera that went into service July of 1953 when KFSA TV Channel 22 signed on the air. It stayed in operation until  KFSA went color in 1969, isn’t that amazing?

On my way down, I decided to take the stairs. Before I stepped out to the first floor, I have noticed that the stairs can still lead down apparently to a basement or something. It was so dark and creepy just to look at that place. Being nosy is sometimes not a bad thing. I walked to the front desk and asked the receptionist if I can go downstairs. She turned left and right then said: “it’s creepy downstairs and you don’t want to do that, unfortunately we can’t let the public go there.” I told her that I am a writer so she can tell me what’s going on. She told me that some weird incidents have been happening. She said that she once heard someone knocking on the walls when there was no one there.

She also told me to go back and speak to her college if I am interested in some ghost stories because her co-worker had seen a lot happening in the Museum of History.

This story will be continued in History of Museum Part 2…..