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Today is Monday, April 21, 2014 at 12:55 AM.



ne fine August day, up in a tree batting down almonds, my good friend and adopted father, Si Abderrahmen Ait Tazarine, said to me, "Always pack a warm lunch for the road."

I replied, "Slave of the Merciful One, People of the Figs, what do you mean pack a warm lunch for the road? Even the hottest meal will cool before you reach the nearby souk!"

"Aah, Eusf, but you are still young. For I speak not of foodstuffs to carry, but of generosity by which you may earn your stay in other people's homes. Therein you will find your lunch, fresh from the fire."