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Tania me l’aveva detto, con tutta l’aria di saggia che aveva sempre avuto. Aveva solo un anno in piu di me, ma era cosi sveglia, cosi piu matura di me. “Ma guarda che anche se scappi in Canada, ti porti dietro te stessa! Da te non puoi scappare mai!” Ma chi le faceva pensare che stessi scappando da me stessa? E per che motivo avrei … Continue reading Home

“Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” (Rumi)

I believed that what I had or have in common with people brings us together. We’ll automatically click. We’ll get along like peas and carrots go together. I always lived in the interstices between spaces, never fully belonging in any particular place, so naturally I assumed I’d manage. When we moved to Libya I had very high expectations. I wasn’t pollyannishly convinced that all would … Continue reading “Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” (Rumi)

Moving Away

She donned her layers of piety, one by one, the more the holier, barely managing to balance between pride and humility… “What could she possibly know about living in Libya?” she thought, “Her, with her tight clothes and skirt slit up to wazoo… Of course SHE would have a hard time in a Muslim country, but me? I actually PRACTICE my faith…” Nobody had a … Continue reading Moving Away

Oasis

There’s no feeling like the one you get when you’re near water, and you hear its movement: the rushing of a river, the moving waves of an ocean, or the gentle trickling of a small stream. This, combined with feeling the fresh breeze on your face, from the open air, or from gusts of wind weaving through trees. In these moments the birds seem to … Continue reading Oasis

Wondering times

MARCH 23, 2016 | ONE SISTER | EDIT As stated above, this is a blog post I wrote almost 5 years ago on a parallel blog. If you follow caterpillar.blog, you’ll have noticed I’ve been very quiet the last few months. Other than a quick article I wrote about homeschooling during the lockdown, I haven’t added much to any conversation happening. This is for many reasons, partly because I … Continue reading Wondering times

Handmade Silk Scarves To Elevate Your Style

With Covid19 restrictions slowly easing off, hopefully we’ll be able to enjoy the occasional gathering, and the wedding season will pick up again. In the meantime, Eid is at our doorstep… If you haven’t shopped for your outfit yet, or aren’t thinking of going all out with an entire outfit, then Yassmine’s line of colorful accent pieces might be just right for you. Let me … Continue reading Handmade Silk Scarves To Elevate Your Style

Up and Coming Jewler in Our Midst

How We Met It was about two years ago that I attended our first annual Multicultural Bazar at our Premier Fitness and Recreation Center, which fell around Ramadan. This meant that Muslims from the region would surely be there to sell and purchase Ramadan and Eid decorations, gifts, and to support local craftspeople and vendors. I love attending such events because I’m always eager to … Continue reading Up and Coming Jewler in Our Midst

Saudi Style Basboosa Cake

This recipe was inspired by a recipe for Saudi parent who shared her basboosa recipe. I personally dislike basboosa, it gives me heart-burn (I think it’s the insane amount of sugar, but I could be wrong). My kids love basboosa, so I thought I’d make some. I didn’t have all the ingredients the recipe called for, and I wanted to experiment with combining some more … Continue reading Saudi Style Basboosa Cake