Yesterday, My daughter Jessica and I walked through the campus of the American University of Beirut to see their archeological museum, visited Al Makassed (the Makassed Philanthropic Islamic Association of Beirut) to hear a talk, then toured the ancient city of Sidon or Saida. The impressive talk was to the Makassed students by His Eminence Bishop Gabriel Caccia, Vatican Ambassador to Lebanon, about Christian-Muslim understanding and dialogue. The talk coming on the day of the surprise resignation of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI made it even more interesting. I was honored to sit next to Bishop Caccia at lunch and benefited from his charming informal remarks. We also discussed MentorCloud, TechWomen, and the benefits of professional mentoring. After lunch, Jessica and I were delighted to be given a night tour of the Sidon souk and other old stone remains of some of the many cultures which have lived in this amazing place.
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