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Tania me l’aveva detto, con tutta l’aria di saggia che aveva sempre avuto. Aveva solo un anno in piu di me, ma era cosi sveglia, cosi piu matura di me. “Ma guarda che anche se scappi in Canada, ti porti dietro te stessa! Da te non puoi scappare mai!” Ma chi le faceva pensare che stessi scappando da me stessa? E per che motivo avrei … Continue reading Home

“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)

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

Balancing Act

I’m always balancing Inbetween spaces Not quite here nor there But holding onto everything I know Jealously So as not to fall into oblivion Not stable in any one milieu Often shoved over the edge But I manage to hold on Unnoticed Until I attempt to get a greater grip I grasp and tug and pull myself up again But it’s only a matter of … Continue reading Balancing Act

Simplicity

I remember my first class across Universities (this is a great advantage when living in a city with several Universities: you get to take courses from each, and they all work together towards your degree). He was a young visiting Professor from Spain, teaching in our nation’s capital for the first time. He had this green air about him, which beamed of complete abandonment to … Continue reading Simplicity

You ought to know

You ought to know what it means to be carelessly dismissed You ought to know what it feels like to be despised You ought to know what makes people so cold and indifferent to you   You ought to know so you might stop dismissing despising coldly ignoring   You ought to know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of what you … Continue reading You ought to know

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

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 this ever widening puzzle of humanity, and the picture is … Continue reading Raising Conscientious Kids

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 she was half Native and half something else. She explained … Continue reading Half Breed