More much loved quotes

“The hole is permanent and you mold yourself through the gaps.” (The Girl on the Train) “Keeping racism alive allows for a group of people to be always beneath the majority. The belief in this group’s ‘inferiority’ makes the dream of upward mobility for the rest a possibility, while simultaneously guaranteeing the elite’s tight grip…

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Playing with my son

He is making noise with the kapla, I love the sound of wooden blocks, so I go and check what he’s building. I lie down next to his construction area (cuz what I really want to do is sleep, but this is too compelling to miss). What are you making? A door, you take these……

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Arabic/Turkish Coffee

As I mentioned before here, I have a love-hate relationship with what Libyans call Arabic coffee, and the rest of the world calls Turkish coffee. In North America I found that Arabic coffee is usually used to refer to Saudi coffee, which is very light (it looks like light green tea, and has a lot…

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Pakaura

Whenever I go to potluck dinners or other functions at the mosque that involves food I am often extremely limited in the amount of food that I can have on a ketogenic lifestyle. I bring something I can consume myself, but it is supposed to be an opportunity to share dishes and taste new ones.…

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Minimalism: the look vs the lifestyle

As you know I’ve been debating whether or not I’m a minimalist , in the broadest sense of the word. As a concept I fully agree with it, and I’m completely on board, but I wondered if I can truly call myself a minimalist simply because despite this frame of mind, I’m still surrounded by…

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Breather

My chest feels constricted. I announced I’m not going to the beach. I need a break. You go, have fun, I need to be alone. I just finished folding the laundry and coaxing the kids to put it away IN the drawers, NEATLY. I just reorganized their drawers three days ago. I just washed all…

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Raising Conscientious Kids

There are a lot of concerns when you are raising kids, at any time, but our time, is especially challenging because we have ever fragmenting communities. They say it takes a village to raise a child, well the village has changed, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing! We are all a small piece in…

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Keto Waffles

I’ve tried a variety of recipes found online for keto waffles. My family loves homemade waffles, but I’ve been struggling to find a recipe that was keto friendly and easy, quick, and delicious. Finally, I combined all the successes and failures in my waffle-making experience, and came up with this no fail recipe that you…

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White Coffee

I’m a coffee enthusiast. But sometimes I like to have something different. While in Libya I discovered what in Tripoli is called “Gahwa byadha” or white coffee. It’s actually not coffee at all, it’s 100% caffeine free, but it’s warm, and for people who don’t like coffee, or just want something different once in a…

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Half Breed

I once overheard someone proudly calling herself a “halfbreed.” It caught me off guard. I lost my footing for a split of a second. It fogged my brain and made me dizzy for an instant. I tried to convince myself that I must have misunderstood. But I hadn’t. Because she went on to explain that…

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