The Heavy and the Light

Cuddling with D

The car line at my son’s autism school can be an emotional roller coaster. I see kids who I’ve known years, and it touches me to see them grow into gangly limbs and teenage faces with downy hair and budding self-confidence. Some clutch favorite teddy bears or finger pieces of string – stims or habits that I’ve seen persist from childhood into the teenage years, long past when others deem them appropriate behaviors or interests.But this is autism. Appropriate is a subjective word, and what may … [Read more...]

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of a Muslim Prisoner’s Beard

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You know, those darn Muslims. Making trouble when they should be quiet, asking for stuff they shouldn't be asking for - them and their creeping shariah! Ok, that is sarcasm, in case you didn't get it. I'm thinking that much more R-rated versions of what I just wrote is what some folks must be thinking today in wake of the Supreme Court's decision favor of Gregory Holt in Holt v. Hobbes (or officially Gregory Houston Holt, AKA Abdul Maalik Muhammad, petitioner v. Ray Hobbs, director, Arkansas … [Read more...]

UPDATE: Duke University Cancels Decision for Weekly Adhan to be Called on Campus

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Scroll below for additional information and photosCongratulations Franklin Graham. Guess you've succeeded. In about 24 hours since I first started seeing the article that Duke University made the decision to allow Muslim students to give the adhan (call to prayer) on Fridays from the bell tower of its chapel, that decision has been rescinded. According to this ABC News article: In a release Thursday, the university said Muslims will instead gather on the quadrangle before heading into a … [Read more...]

#JeSuisCharlie – When Will Clemency and Kindness Prevail over Extremism?

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I’m wagering that when many of us (speaking to Muslims now, or people who have read a bit about Islam and the Prophet Muhammad, may peace and blessings be upon him) were growing up or first starting to learn about our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), we were told the story of the Prophet and the woman who threw garbage on him.As the hadith goes, as this was told to me by my parents, when the Prophet Muhammad was trying to spread the word of Islam as it was being revealed to him by Allah ( … [Read more...]

The Here and the Now

We sat and played scrabble on the futon in our “cozy” New York City apartment. She was a new bride, as was I. I was even more newly pregnant with our first child – just a few weeks and on bed rest. My husband was in his first year of residency and hers was interviewing for a residency position in the city, which was why she was spending the day with me. (Her husband’s parents and mine were friends.) We had that in common, and so between new marriage talk and other chit-chat, we passed the day ple … [Read more...]

The Non-Negotiables

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As the kids grow, especially with A entering in her tween-coming-into-teen-middle-school-years, our stories, struggles, challenges and joyful moments take on a different flavor. And what I’m able to share with you about those stories changes as well. Because even though A is as eager as ever to see herself in my writing and know that this story isn’t just her brother’s story (which it isn’t), I know there are things that she’d rather not have the whole world know.I’ve been thinking about non- … [Read more...]

#IllRideWithYou – The World I Want to Raise My Children In

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Perhaps – no, I’m certain – that these are the images and these are the stories we need to remember.Christians joining hands to protect Muslims bowing down in prayer in Tahrir Square in February of 2011 while protests and fighting raged around them. Or in 1941 Sarajevo, when Zejneba Hardaga, a veiled Muslim woman, covered the yellow star on her Jewish friend Rivka Kalb’s left arm as they walked through the streets.Or today when Australian Rachel Jacob tweeted that a Muslim woman sitting o … [Read more...]


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