“Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” (Rumi)

I believed that what I had or have in common with people brings us together. We’ll automatically click. We’ll get along like peas and carrots go together. I always lived in the interstices between spaces, never fully belonging in any particular place, so naturally I assumed I’d manage. When we moved to Libya I had very high expectations. I wasn’t pollyannishly convinced that all would … Continue reading “Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” (Rumi)

FREE

It happened again. Something. Anything really at this point could send me out to pasture. The triggers had added up so much that it seemed anything could set me off. I had bottled up enough already. It was time to release. They say routines and self care are crucial to mental health. Of course I knew this, but most of the time I spent convincing … Continue reading FREE

Moving Away

She donned her layers of piety, one by one, the more the holier, barely managing to balance between pride and humility… “What could she possibly know about living in Libya?” she thought, “Her, with her tight clothes and skirt slit up to wazoo… Of course SHE would have a hard time in a Muslim country, but me? I actually PRACTICE my faith…” Nobody had a … Continue reading Moving Away

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

Tribal

I just finished listening to the 2003 Massey Lecture Series by Thomas King. He’s such an awesome story teller. Listening to him so wittily talking about everything that has gone on and continues to happen to us Natives is simultaneously heart-warming and heart-wrenching. I found myself laughing out loud, and yelling “Yes! Exactly!” thank Goodness I listen on my own in the car. But by … Continue reading Tribal

Why I Don’t Give Parenting Advice

Are you quick to try out every new parenting system, are you sick and tired of people telling you how to parent, are you just trying to get away from old parenting tropes, or are you trying to find your own zone? Continue reading Why I Don’t Give Parenting Advice

2018 Roundup

Well here we are, the end of 2018. Another eventful year gone by! I’ve posted an average of about a blogpost every third day, and considering that I’ve slowed down a bit during my move a few months ago, I must say I’m delighted with this statistic. Hence the horn tooting. Since this is a roundup of the year’s happenings, I’ll start off with the … Continue reading 2018 Roundup