What I’m Making For Dinner Today

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa Rahmatullah.  Well, I seem to be in a bit of a writer's block, that and the baby won't let me alone for more than five seconds, which kind of short-circuits my ability to write coherently.  He's busy torturing his siblings at the moment, so I'll do something easy and write down the recipe for what I'm making for dinner:1 pound of white beans, soaked and drained1 onion, choppedbunch of spices, to be named shortly8 oz can of tomato sauceIn a deep … [Read more...]

Friday Evening Musings

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahAh, finally a moment to relax.  The hubby  is home, getting ready to take a shower, which is why I am here and not chilling with him.  The kids are playing quietly and the baby is taking a nap.  For once, chaos does not reign.I was considering today how much having the kids sick has cut into my writing time.  Amazing how much time the extra laundry, medicating, potty trips, diapering, head-holding-while-barfing, and … [Read more...]

Hello, May I Offer You A Crime?

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahI hesitated before posting this.  I don't want anyone to take this the wrong way.  So let me preface my little tale by saying that I am a religious Muslim and I'm proud of my faith.  I also believe that suicide bombings are wrong, attacking innocent civilians is wrong, and that the people who get sucked into conspiracies hatched by law enforcement are so dumb they probably deserve what they get.  What is dumber is for my … [Read more...]

A Love Story for Married People

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa Rahmatullah. Sometimes I wonder to myself if I am a person who writes, or if I am a writer.  Then I have a story that forms itself completely in my head, and there's nothing I can to relieve the tension but write it down.  This is one of those stories that convinces me that I am a writer because I MUST write.  I had been reading some status updates that were kind of down on marriage, down on the male side of marriage, that is, and this … [Read more...]

Has the Sheep Got Your Goat?

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa Rahmatullah.Okay, congratulations.  It's been a few weeks since Eid and you've managed to completely block out of your mind the fact that you have an entire sheep in your downstairs deep freeze.  You roasted a leg immediately after the slaughter and sauteed the liver and other internal bits in a lot of onion and garlic to share with friends and family, then the next day you ordered pizza and from then on the family has survived on Eid-party … [Read more...]

Wise Charity

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahI always like to be generous, and even though these are tight financial times I want to help my less fortunate neighbors.  There are always donation bins at the grocery store.  You can purchase a non-perishable item and toss it in the bin on the way out.  The item is then donated to a worthy cause.I never do that.  I'm not stingy, but I found out that if I donate $1 to my local food pantry, it gives them the ability to … [Read more...]

The Passing of Brother Mokhit Hossein

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa Rahmatullah.I didn't know Mokhit Hossein.  I never met him. I  talked to him on the phone a couple of times.  Usually I keep it pretty short.  No, brother, my husband is not home, let me give you his cell phone number....  But Br. Mokhit was a bit talkative so he would always ask about the family and keep me on the line a couple of minutes.  I would hang up the phone with a smile on my face thinking of how he must talk … [Read more...]

Hmm, No time to write, so I’ll make this quick

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahI'm feeling guilty for not writing anything the last several days.  I can just about manage a quick status update on FB, but a longer, more thoughtful missive is beyond my ability at the moment.  His Majesty Zaid has been demanding constant attendance.  He's mashAllah very active, busy learning to crawl, and also appears to be headed for a future in any career that involves yelling at the top of your voice - yodeling? … [Read more...]

Do I Love My Country?

Bismillahi Rahmni RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahDo I love my country?  Today is Veterans Day, so I guess it's as good a day as any to contemplate this question.  So, do I love my country?  Well, I'd have to say no, but before you come after me with flaming torches and pitchforks, screaming "Love it or leave it!", let me explain:I'm an American.  I was born in France to a German mother and an American soldier dad who was stationed overseas.  I grew up here in a town … [Read more...]

When a Gallon of Milk Means “I Love You”

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahLast night was movie night in our house.  We were camped on on the bed, hubby on one side, me on the other, baby in between, my oldest son teetering on the far edge while his brothers and sister came and went.  They were more interested in fighting space battles with plastic light sabers than watching a shoot-em-up bang-bang movie on TV.The movie was pure action adventure, with an unlikely hero pitted against a stereotypically evil … [Read more...]