More much loved quotes

“The hole is permanent and you mold yourself through the gaps.” (The Girl on the Train) “Keeping racism alive allows for a group of people to be always beneath the majority. The belief in this group’s ‘inferiority’ makes the dream of upward mobility for the rest a possibility, while simultaneously guaranteeing the elite’s tight grip…

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Playing with my son

He is making noise with the kapla, I love the sound of wooden blocks, so I go and check what he’s building. I lie down next to his construction area (cuz what I really want to do is sleep, but this is too compelling to miss). What are you making? A door, you take these……

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Pain

I know you harbor it It seeps through you And reaches the deepest recesses of my soul I hurt Because of the pain you inflict on me And my loved ones You are one giant ball of pain That emanates from every pore It hurts to be around you It hurts to talk to you…

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Black Panther: did it live up to the hype?

I know… The Back Panther movie has been out for several months already, and I’m a late comer to the debate. But this is a good thing, because I know you all probably have watched it already, so I won’t be spoiling anything for you! I actually just watched it with my kids on a DVD borrowed…

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Gratitude

The only way to succeed is to acknowledge what you already have, as little as you might think it is, this step is essential. You won’t be going anywhere until you realize what you’ve got to work with, and with that comes the realization that you’ve got a lot more than you think. You might…

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Entitled

Someone in my community just wrote an opinion piece in the paper relating a recent incident that happened to her, in which she became acutely aware of the meaning of the expression “white privilege.” I read the article, and listened to her subsequent radio interview. She has gotten a lot of slack over this, apparently. I’ve…

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Advent Calendar (Gratitude in Ramadan)

Background Inspiration and Purpose As promised, I am going to share with you how I made our Ramadan calendar this year. The inspiration came from three main sources: 1) my childhood Christmas advent calendar; 2) Pinterest ideas on gratitude jars, Ramadan calendars, and prayer booklets; 3) my desire to mark this month in a tangible…

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Here’s to a More Meaningful Journey

If you follow my blogs, you know that I’m preparing for Ramadan, as I explained here. As part of this preparation, I’ve been re-evaluating many aspects of my life. Here’s the low-down. I’ve gone through my wardrobe (including shoes and accessories), the basement (where I still had boxes I hadn’t unpacked since we moved five…

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Spring

Brimming with anticipation I observed you peeking through the snow Reminding me of why I long for you But you resist my silent beckoning You scornfully ignore the birds’ appeal I invite you to stay a while And you smile… Your warmth gently caresses my cheek, promising to return All in good time, you whisper…

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The lines of my life

Smile, laughter, grief, and sun lines are carved into my every expression. We’re betraying each other as we speak. Pain and joy have left their marks, signaling the map of my life. That’s the truth they holler, while I try to drown out their noise with my own voice. I’m aging. My face admits it.…

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