Sen. Creigh Deeds and Our Mental Health Crisis

Creigh Deeds and his son. Photo from Eva Russo

Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was released from the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville on Friday, and upon getting home he tweeted this sad message:“I am alive so must live. Some wounds won’t heal. Your prayers and your friendship are important to me.”News cycles move on in an unremitting, relentless motion, with only the worst (or best or most viral) of stories and videos breaking free,  becoming a part of our national conversation. I’m afraid the terrible, tragi … [Read more...]

Are We Still Talking About the Hijab? Well, Yes

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There's a lot brewing in the American autism community this week, and while I'm mulling things over and how I feel about it (it's coming in a later post, I promise), I thought I'd leave autism out of the picture today (gasp! Is that possible?) and share with you some interesting hijab-related articles that have come my way from some our wonderful Patheos bloggers.I rarely write about the hijab (headscarf) on my blog, because there are much better writers covering all angles of this … [Read more...]

Pamela Gellar – Meet Jesse Pinkman

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Yes, this is a departure from what I tend to write, whether it's autism and family related or even about Muslims in America. Well, it relates to Muslims in America, but I admit upfront that it's snarky and out of character.But what can I say? Pamela Gellar brings it out in me.To preface - the husband and I are watching Breaking Bad. Lots of it. We got on the bandwagon as the series was ending in a blaze of glory, and are now finally up to season four. Now, if you know my husband, which … [Read more...]

Vote! Patheos Blogs (Including Mine) Nominated for Brass Crescent Awards

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Ok, this is my Sally Fields moment – you like me! You really, really like me!And not just me – but I feel your love for all the great bloggers, writers and columnists at the Patheos Muslim Channel, who throw their passion into their writing and share it with you. I’m so excited that six of our bloggers and upcoming bloggers have been nominated for a Brass Crescent award this year, which honors the best from the Muslim Blogosphere.Click here to vote! Our blogs are in the best of company an … [Read more...]

9/11 – How Do We Keep Praying When it Often Feels Like too Much?

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A dear friend posted the question on social media last night – What is your 9/11 memory? The responses came flooding in, and as things are wont to happen in this day and age, my husband and I, sitting on opposite ends of the couch, both responded on our phones – our answers posting within seconds of each other.He at the hospital, the last year of residency in midtown Manhattan, in a patient’s room when they both turned to the television to witness the horrors occurring mere miles away. He and … [Read more...]

An Autism Unbound from the Rituals of Ramadan

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In no way is he part of any of our Ramadan rituals.He does not get up for suhoor, the pre-dawn, pre-fast meal, because he is not obligated to fast nor can he tolerate fasting. And, to disrupt his sleep so that he could just join us at that early part of the morning would be asking for major trouble.He does not read the Quran (But we read it to him. He is nonverbal and can’t read English, let alone Arabic, but he can repeat an approximation of the shahada). He does not stand with his s … [Read more...]

The 15th of Shabaan – Childhood Memories Versus Parenting Decisions

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I have very vivid memories of the things we did on the 15th of Sha’ban growing up – we threw down hard on Shabaan, with extra ibadat (worship), nafil (extra) prayers and of course fatiha (reciting prayers over some food as an offering of blessings, not to be confused with the Al-Fatiha - the first surah in the Quran). I never questioned where what we did fell in the realm of Islamic practices. My parents did these things on this date and as their kids, we followed along.Shabaan is the eighth … [Read more...]


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