Up and Coming Jewler in Our Midst

How We Met It was about two years ago that I attended our first annual Multicultural Bazar at our Premier Fitness and Recreation Center, which fell around Ramadan. This meant that Muslims from the region would surely be there to sell and purchase Ramadan and Eid decorations, gifts, and to support local craftspeople and vendors. I love attending such events because I’m always eager to … Continue reading Up and Coming Jewler in Our Midst

Eid Wreath

This year we made another Eid wreath, just because I’ve been thinking of making this for months, and was waiting for Ramadan to get going. The kids rolled up their sleeves and did their own version, which I think came out quite nice. So here you’ll find two different wreaths made simultaneously, with a slightly different emphasis. What you’ll need: a few empty egg cartons … Continue reading Eid Wreath

Go Away

Pain, pain go away I know you’ll come another day Pain, pain go away I’m done chasing you far away I tried burying you I tried screaming at you I tried hitting you I tried crying you out But you always come back They try drinking you away They try cutting you out They try suffocating you They try popping you out They even tried … Continue reading Go Away

Ideology – Ideologia

English False consciousness is a natural occurrence of the simple fact of being human: every day we have to make decisions of varying importance based on little or even no prior knowledge. There are other decisions that we take, though not necessary for survival. These often times imply a certain judgement which we should theoretically not be in a position to make based on facts, … Continue reading Ideology – Ideologia

Craft Camp #2

As I mentioned here, I’ve come up with the idea to run short and sweet little craft camps at our local mosque to get the kids together doing something fun, with a hint of spiritual growth to it. We were able to get approval for the camp at three mosques, but we are only doing it at two, because we’re already in August, and we … Continue reading Craft Camp #2

Amira

Amira started off as an illustrator of Muslim holiday and special occasion cards, which is what grabbed my attention at first. She and I met in Tripoli, Libya, first on FB (of course), and then in person, when I invited her to be the featured artist at my Caterpillar Café, which she happily did, by hosting a monthly kids’ craft session. You can view some … Continue reading Amira

Black Panther: did it live up to the hype?

I know… The Back Panther movie has been out for several months already, and I’m a late comer to the debate. But this is a good thing, because I know you all probably have watched it already, so I won’t be spoiling anything for you! I actually just watched it with my kids on a DVD borrowed from the library (yes, that’s how frugal we are!). One … Continue reading Black Panther: did it live up to the hype?

Craft Camp

    This summer I decided to start a small camp for kids between the ages of five and eleven, where they’d learn about some interesting aspect of life (gratitude through Ramadan, kindness through the example of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), humility through Hajj, and being constant through prayer) from a story. We’d discuss it together, make a small art project on it, and then … Continue reading Craft Camp

Natascha

Natascha is who I would choose to have as a sister if I could choose. She has been my bff for thirty years, and I literally knew the moment we met that we’d be forever tied. When I moved away from Switzerland I worried about missing her more than anything else, but despite the distance we’ve continued to be as close as ever. Even when … Continue reading Natascha