Paula

Paula was the Principal at the only school that all my kids attended simultaneously. She made the school our home, and by extension, our sense of belonging extended to the wider community. This is where we had some of our fondest memories…

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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…

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Restless (guest post)

I don’t know if it’s all the chocolate I ate today (it’s Easter Sunday), or it’s the myriad thoughts that run around ceaselessly in my brain. My mom is visiting. She’s a lovely woman, quiet, dignified, appeasing. She has a very peculiar way of showing her disapproval. Those of us who know her well always…

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Ethical Hijab

The word fashion often reminds one of beautiful, tall, lean women who use their bodies to display clothing in the most favorable light. Thoughts of runways, models, and constantly changing trends with subsequent sales are frequent companions to the concept of fashion. The most mindful, and spiritually inclined among us try to avoid thinking too…

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Muslima

Muslima: who are you? Who do you represent? Who do you stand with? Here I argue that there’s more to you than meets the eye. Keep reading to find out just how much more.

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Fundraising for Nour Domestic Violence

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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…

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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?

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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…

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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…

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