The Blessing of Being Sick

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahI took sick on Wednesday night.  Not a cold sick, not even a feverish flu sick, or a yucky stomach-virus sick.  This was a different sick.  About four in the morning I roused to nurse the baby and noticed that when I changed sides and turned my head I felt dizzy.  I went back to sleep but by morning the vertigo was in full force.  As soon as I stood up, the room started spinning and my stomach clutched with … [Read more...]

Ode to the Zombie Mommy – Part The First

The Zombie Mommy  You've seen herStanding in line at the grocery storeLooking into the far distance as the bag boy repeatedly intones "paper or plastic?"At the parkStanding behind a child sitting forlornly on a swing, motionless, as her unfocused eyes see nothing and she is unable to provide momentum for even a modest back-and-forthShe's thereSitting in the drive-thru at Taco Bell, the lady cashier tapping on her car window trying to hand out a meal she doesn't remember orderingShe's in the … [Read more...]

Don’t Touch Me, I’m Trying to Be Spiritual!

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahI'm following a gentleman on Facebook who is visiting many faiths by "trying on" each one for a month (see Project Conversion) .  He has dipped into Bahai, Hinduism, and several other religions, and this month he is learning about Buddhism.  In his most recent blog post, he mentioned that his wife was having trouble with one of the aspects of being married to someone who was seeing what it was like to be a monk.  … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Like the Idea of the “Holy Spirit”

A Christian friend on my FB list posted this quote: I have a glove here in my hand. The glove cannot do anything by itself, but when my hand is in it, it can do many things. True, it is not the glove, but my hand in the glove that acts. We are gloves. It is the Holy Spirit in us who is the hand, who does the job. We have to make room for the hand so that every finger is filled. ~Corrie ten Boom I was immediately struck by the thought that I really don't like this quote.  Now, of course … [Read more...]

Flying While Muslim is the New Driving While Black

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahWell, the title says it all, no?  It seems that merely wearing traditional Islamic clothing, or sporting a long beard, or wearing a veil, or simply having swarthy skin is enough to get you bumped from a flight. Just the other day, two Imaams (Muslim clerics),  Mohamed Zaghloul and Masudur Rahman, were removed from a flight to Charlotte, North Carolina, after some passengers complained that their mere presence made them feel … [Read more...]

And Now, For Something Less Controversial….

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahWell, the fallout from the OBL situation continues.  But I have faith in the short attention span of many of My Fellow Americans, so no doubt they'll be on to the Next Big Story soon.  Like, what will be the summer's blockbuster movie or who will win on that new show, "The Voice".  You know, important stuff, vital to our future.For everyone who is wondering what went on in the last couple of weeks, let's review:  There was … [Read more...]

Birthers, Deathers, Truthers, and other Conspiracy Theorists

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahOkay, I love to write.  Most of the time I just spew out whatever is in my mind without using the "edit" function in my brain too much.  My blog is mine, so I can write what I like, right?  I do refrain from telling too much about my personal life - some things are private and are best not shared with random strangers.  So I thought that I would write about the killing of Osama bin Laadin and put my spin on it, as is my … [Read more...]

Have a Good Monday – Er, Tuesday

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahOkay, I confess.  It's almost 10:30 in the morning and I just now realized it's not Monday, it's Tuesday.  It's not my fault - all my mental markers are off.  The kids had their first day back at school today, not yesterday, after a long spring break.  And today my husband didn't go to his usual auction due to a schedule change.  So I'm feeling like it's Monday mentally.  Well, I don't have any appointments … [Read more...]

There’s Someone for Everyone – Or Not

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahI'm an old married lady.  Forty-four, five kids, married almost twelve years.  I've been Muslim for seventeen years, and through the years I've seen most mistakes that men and women make on the way to finding a spouse.  I've made a lot of those mistakes, too.I'm a Facebook addict with about two thousand friends, and I have noticed a trend lately.  Many of the women are opining about the impossibility of finding a … [Read more...]

The French Niqaab Ban

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahHmm, what do I think about the ban of the niqaab in France.  Tempest in a teapot, that's what it is.  It is Sarkozy and other politicians pandering to a xenophobic base of citizens in order to score points towards reelection.  It is a distraction from the miserable economy.  It is a reflection of what is going on here in the U.S. with the mosque controversies and various states trying to make Islamic law illegal.  It … [Read more...]


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