Perspectives on intermittent fasting

Finally, Ramadan is here. They say that the first ten days are for Allah’s Mercy, the second ten are for forgiveness, and the last 10 are for protection. This is believed to be a saying of weak derivation, but I can understand why it is often repeated and held up as a model for managing Ramadan fatigue. This can be helpful for Muslims and non-Muslims … Continue reading Perspectives on intermittent fasting

Solidarity

I will share with you a couple of thoughts that have been running through my mind a lot lately: one has to do with the need for minorities (class, racial, religious, etc.) to stick together, and the other with the need for us to listen to each other. Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said we should help our brothers and sisters whether they do good or bad, … Continue reading Solidarity

Happy Earth Day!

You’ve all heard me harping on and on about plastic pollution and it seems some of our efforts to reduce the amount of plastic we use are finally paying off! A recent study by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) has found that the number of plastic bags on the seabeds surrounding the […] Rebloging this awesome collection of tips to minimize plastic … Continue reading Happy Earth Day!

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

War never leaves you

It was two years and a bit ago. I broke a bone and was waiting in the emergency room at the hospital to have it x-rayed. Coalition forces were entering Mosul to rid it of Daesh troops. Like in Afghanistan, and in Baghdad, there were embedded journalists following the soldiers, into people’s homes. People in the waiting room with me were watching this on tv. … Continue reading War never leaves you

Yo-yo

Kids come… and they go And come back They check in… and check out And check in again They visit… and leave And then return They smile, they ask, they share, they talk And sometimes silently seek closeness Seek space to explore Within the range you provide They experiment with the new Seeking the familiar Is it love? Is it fear? Is it safety? Is … Continue reading Yo-yo

I must be doing something right!

I am just getting over a bad cold. I rarely get sick, and even when I do, it’s normally not that bad. But these last few days I felt that my head was pounding, and I had no energy to do anything. Thankfully I didn’t have anything urgent to do, other than attending to my daily routine, and this is where some pixie dust must … Continue reading I must be doing something right!

Sabina

    The above are some of Sabina’s works of art. To purchase one, please email her at: sabina.rossi@hotmail.it Le sculture e quadri qui sopra sono alcune delle opere d’arte di Sabina, per comprarne una, per favore contattatela a: sabina.rossi@hotmail.it English summary (Italian interview follows) I got to achieve pretty much all major goals I set out to reach, with a few exceptions, the main … Continue reading Sabina

Iman

What would I want you to know about me? I’m an emotional person, sometimes my emotions bother me, and it shows, so whatever I’m going through, those around me go through it as well. I’m compassionate, I cry easily. I think this is good, but not always. It sometimes interferes, especially when I love someone very much and I know they’re suffering, it hurts me … Continue reading Iman