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 represented at their schools, I find myself constantly challenged to … Continue reading Bookmarks

Crafts this Ramadan

We’re one third of the month through. Here’s some of the progress so far. I promised I would post pictures of any crafts we made this month, so here they are: bookmarks, an advent calendar of gratitude.       Below is a link to a guest blog post I wrote for another blogger this Ramadan. It provides some explanation of the advent calendar pictured … Continue reading Crafts this Ramadan

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 aspects of this special month are instilled in children from … Continue reading Ramadan with kids

The Best Cup of Coffee

Coffee has been an important part of my life as far as my nostrils can remember: my father prepared his early morning coffee in a stove-top mocha, and every time I make it that way I think of him! But I wasn’t allowed to drink it, until my godmother swept me off to Toulouse (France) to visit her family for the summer, at the tender … Continue reading The Best Cup of Coffee

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 by our constant disillusion with our lack of perfection. Each… Continue reading Hot chocolate… that’s life!

Ramadan: it’s personal

I’ve posted about how to prepare for Ramadan in general. I included tried and tested advice that I’ve accumulated through experience, research, and consultations (in Preparing for Ramadan). This time, I’m going to go deeper into what I really want to do in my own Ramadan. It’s more personal, but you might relate to some of it. Like I’ve mentioned before (in Ramadan is coming), … Continue reading Ramadan: it’s personal

Preparing for Ramadan

For those who don’t know, Ramadan is the name of the month of fasting for Muslims around the world. It’s a lunar month, so it regresses 10-11 days each year. This means that every fifteen years or so, you’ll have fasted in every season of the year. We fast from sunup to sundown: no liquids (including water), no food, no smoking, no intercourse, and overall … Continue reading Preparing for Ramadan

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, unreliable, and yet we relentlessly pursue its purification, its crystallization, … Continue reading Identity: an exercise in flexibility

Make your own Chai (Tea)

First off, let me get something off my chest, Chai means Tea, so saying Chai Tea is quite redundant. Why not just call it Chai? I’m pretty sure everyone knows what you mean. Chai is a spicy delicious combination of spices and tea leaves. I must admit that most store-bought and streamlined coffee-shop versions of Chai aren’t to my liking. It’s the black tea… I … Continue reading Make your own Chai (Tea)