Ranya Idliby grew up with a foot in the East--Dubai-- and a foot in the West--Mclean--Virginia. She takes personal issue with Rudyard Kipling's The Ballad of East and West, for she feels that she is living proof that, though East is East and West is West, the twain shall and must meet. Her maiden name, Tabari, derives its roots from Tiberias, a Palestinian town by the Sea of Galilee. She likes to think that her interfaith experience harkens back to her family roots, and that as a Palestinian Muslim she embraces Jesus as a Palestinian Jew who walked on water by her ancestral home, near the Sea of Galilee. At GeorgetownUniversity, where she was introduced, to the art of pulling all-nighters, NoDoz, Bazooka gum, and dorm keg parties, she graduated from the School of Foreign Service. She then continued her post-graduate degree at the London School of Economics, where she learned to appreciate milk delivered to her doorstep in glass bottles as well as the English preoccupation with the weather. When she enrolled for the PhD program at the LSE, her hitherto supportive father dubbed her a "student for life." When love and marriage found her in New York City, she decided to shelf her thesis on Iraq, for Saddam was no match for the delighted squeals of her daughter's first taste of applesauce. Today, she continues to celebrate the joys of motherhood and family life with her husband and two children and feels blessed that the Faith Club has allowed her to become a student of life.