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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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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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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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…

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Pain

I know you harbor it It seeps through you And reaches the deepest recesses of my soul I hurt Because of the pain you inflict on me And my loved ones You are one giant ball of pain That emanates from every pore It hurts to be around you It hurts to talk to you…

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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…

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Manipulative

Just as I think I’ve grown immune to your maneuvers You up the anties, and here I am again On my knees, in tears Wondering what I’ve done wrong to deserve such treatment Your strongest weapon of all Is your seemingly docile demeanor Your apparently endless patience, kindness and gentleness But that’s a mask That…

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Entitled

Someone in my community just wrote an opinion piece in the paper relating a recent incident that happened to her, in which she became acutely aware of the meaning of the expression “white privilege.” I read the article, and listened to her subsequent radio interview. She has gotten a lot of slack over this, apparently. I’ve…

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Hot chocolate… that’s life!

Originally posted on Caterpillar Cafe:
There have been people wondering about life and its purpose for about as long as humans have had intellect and practiced its use in a leisurely manner. Theories have fluctuated from purely physical in nature to metaphysical throughout the centuries and across cultures, in ways that can probably be explained…

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Identity: an exercise in flexibility

Identity is problematic because it’s a story; depending on who tells it, you get a different version. It is heard, believed, or questioned, whether it’s completely fictional, or based on a handful of observable facts, people internalize it according to their own personal perspective. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Identity is extremely unstable,…

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