The Flow: A Meditation

  One day, several years ago, I took our dog Kai for a walk.  Just outside our home in Mill Valley, California, next to our steep driveway, was a flume where water ran in the rainy season.  Halfway down the driveway, Kai stopped, fascinated by a little waterfall in the flume. The water poured, steady, smooth, and shining, [Read More...]

Outrageous Conception

“Life is that gift from God. And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen…” Indiana Republican U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock Republican US Senate candidate Richard Mourdock recently declared his belief that if a woman conceives through rape, that conception was [Read More...]

Faces of Fasting


This post is adapted from a talk I gave at USC’s annual Hassan Hathout Fastathon on 10/18, an event conducted by our student Muslim community to take a day of fasting to raise funds for a Muslim charity that feeds the homeless on LA’s Skid Row. Students from many religions participated. I got very hungry [Read More...]