Choices

I want to laugh out loud, so just pretend I did. Now I’ll tell you why. A few days ago I wrote a piece about how racism and discrimination can make one want to do horrible things (like bake a disgusting cake to serve your nemesis) and watch them have at it, gleeful in the knowledge that you underhandedly got the upper hand by introducing … Continue reading Choices

My Two Cents on the Konmari Method

I’m not one to follow trends, so although I had heard people raving about the Konmari Method, I was never really intrigued, until I found an audible version of the book, which I could listen to on my way to and from work, meaning it wouldn’t take away from any other reading that I felt was actually important to me. So I listened, and I … Continue reading My Two Cents on the Konmari Method

Tirol Cookies for Ramadan/Eid

I love to bake, and Eid ul Fitr is my favorite time to do so. Baking has been one of my most ardent expressions of joy for Eid. I normally bake and prepare a combination of Libyan, North American, Middle Eastern, and at times European sweets. Because I do a lot of baking, I tend to steer clear of too many individual pieces, and prefer … Continue reading Tirol Cookies for Ramadan/Eid

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

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 suffocating you They try popping you out They even tried … Continue reading Go Away

Amira

Amira started off as an illustrator of Muslim holiday and special occasion cards, which is what grabbed my attention at first. She and I met in Tripoli, Libya, first on FB (of course), and then in person, when I invited her to be the featured artist at my Caterpillar Café, which she happily did, by hosting a monthly kids’ craft session. You can view some … Continue reading Amira

The Eye of the Storm

I just read a post by a dear fellow blogger, whom I’ve been following for a little while now, and it really resonated with me. She wrote about her mother in law’s conversion to Islam, and how they have such a special relationship despite the running preconception that in laws are meant to disagree. Because her mother in law had so much in common with … Continue reading The Eye of the Storm

Cinzia

English summary follows Di me: sono una donna felicemente sposata, ho un figlio di vent’anni del quale sono molto orgogliosa. Mi reputo molto fortunata per ciò che ho, ma sono anche consapevole di aver avuto la mia dose di difficoltà nella vita sia personale che professionale. I miei sogni: fin da piccola volevo una famiglia ed un lavoro che mi piacesse. Li ho ottenuti entrambi. … Continue reading Cinzia

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 we’ve continued to be as close as ever. Even when … Continue reading Natascha