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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Who Made my Clothes?

  I’ve been taking a free online course offered at the University of Exeter in association with the Fashion Revolution group, which was formed after the infamous Rana Plaza clothing factory collapse in Bangladesh five years ago. Through it I was hoping to learn more about how to become a better informed fashion consumer, how to…

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Diane

Diane and I initially met on a private FB group, where we interacted frequently, we shared a lot of similar values, and steadily increased communication, until we eventually met in person at her place, when she hosted a brunch for women who shared their high hopes for Libya. There were women working for the UN,…

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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…

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Khadija

  Salaam Alaykum, if I were to meet you for the first time, what would I learn about you? My name is Khadija. As an American hijab wearing Muslim I come across a lot of preconceived ideas as to which box I should fit in. When I meet people for the first time, especially since…

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Paradigm Shift

I guess Minimalism is the “West’s” attempt at a paradigmatic shift away from equating material possessions with wellbeing, and toward its obliteration: happiness = no clutter. Although I recognize that there tends to be a need for measurable and meaningful satisfaction, I’m not sure its all but complete elimination would necessarily bring about the result…

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Why I’m not a Minimalist

Although I grew up wearing hand-me-downs, shopping at thrift-shops, and searching for clearance deals, recycling, reusing and reducing like a pro (a must in most European cities), I have travelled and lived in parts of the world where the requirements and habits were much less rigorous. In North America for example, the cost of living…

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Ramadan Wreath

One symbol that marks holiday season where we live now is a green wreath hanging on the front door of each house, and bright lights affixed on the outer walls of homes. We enjoy driving around and looking at the brightly lit homes in winter evenings during the holiday season. These are two symbols that…

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Bookmarks

As I mentioned in my guest-post linked here, I am often looking for ways to get my kids engaged in their spiritual lives, by means of collaborative crafts, active communication, mutual cooperation, sharing, and respect. As they often work on artistic expressions of the various celebrations that occur throughout the year among the various communities…

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Ramadan with kids

Kids are not expected to fast during Ramadan, neither are the elderly, and other weaker or vulnerable people. But they are nevertheless excited about the month, as parents change their routine somewhat to accommodate meals, prayer, and extra charitable acts. Positive behavior is encouraged and all sorts of negative behaviors are discouraged. All the moral…

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