With Head Bowed, I See the Light


[A] person whose head is bowed and whose eyes are heavy cannot look at the light. -  Christine de Pizan, Ditié de Jehanne d'ArcWith his head on my lap as we sit in the back seat, we drive home.He is heavily dozing under a medicated sleep, and the husband and I wonder how we are going to get him up the front steps into our home. Why not drive around some more, run some errands if you want, I say to my husband. We'll stay in the car until he starts to wake up.So that's what we do. … [Read more...]

Mommy, Can I Draw the Prophet Muhammad?

From Muslimgirl.net, Muslims protest against Pamela Geller's "Draw Muhammad" contest by drawing  Muhammads they know (not the Prophet).

Wendy Thomas Russell over on the Patheos Atheist channel has a blog called Natural Wonderers, which is about "raising curious, compassionate kids in a secular family." She occasionally runs a series called "Mommy, What's that?" that is "aimed at giving secular parents some simple, straightforward and open-minded ways to describe religious concepts." She approached me and some of the bloggers at Patheos Muslim to take part in a round table discussion around this question that a child may ask: … [Read more...]

When Anti-Muslim Bigots and Muslim Extremists Follow the Same Playbook – on Pamela Geller and Garland, Tx

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Alia Salem, Executive Director at CAIR-Texas Dallas Fort Worth, knew it was going to be a very difficult, dangerous time for Muslims in her area and across Texas at large. With the Pamela Geller-sponsored “Draw the Prophet Muhammad” contest coming in Garland, TX, she decided to make a plea to her community to take the high road.So, on April 25, she posted this on Facebook: Please share this in every group and with every Muslim in DFW. I implore the community.I am calling on ALL com … [Read more...]

Ali Family Autism Truths #30 – We Will Live Truthfully

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April 30, 2015 - Autism Awareness Month, Autism Truths #30Why should you care? Really, why should you care? There is an earthquake that has devastated Nepal causing the deaths of nearly 4,000 people. In Baltimore, following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, the city is crying for justice, and African Americans across the country are warning that this cannot go on, that post-racial America is a myth, that #BlackLivesMatter. ISIS continues to wreak havoc. California is … [Read more...]

Ali Family Autism Truths #29 – The Way to the Unknown Future

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April 29, 2015 - Autism Awareness Month, Autism Truths #29Most mornings are a mad rush of arms and legs, cereal bowls, packed lunches, backpacks and last minute signing of forms. Once I get the younger two out the door -- either on the bus or with their Baba -- I turn my attention to D,  who usually is up by the time and playing around, waiting to get ready for school.I assist him quickly, using the time we have together to prompt him through his morning routine -- teach him the steps to … [Read more...]

Ali Family Autism Truths #28 – You Can’t Walk Away

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April 28, 2015 - Autism Awareness Month, Autism Truths #28I was face-timing with my daughter tonight, helping her complete an English assignment. She and the her siblings are at home with their Baba and grandparents, and I am out of town and spending time with my father, who had surgery today.In the background, I heard the voices of D loud and clear. A was in the study working, and when it got too loud where she was, she picked up her phone and computer and took me into the family room. … [Read more...]

Ali Family Autism Truths #27 – The Friends We Make Along the Way


April 27, 2015, Autism Awareness Month, Autism Truths #27At a birthday party we attended yesterday, the theme was superheroes. The kids were running around in padded superhero costumes, some with capes flying out behind them as they darted in and out of the house, bobbing and weaving through the adults. Teenage girls, the friends of the birthday boy's older sister, were also decked out in teenage-versions of superhero costumes. They were giggling, laughing, taking selfies and scarfing down … [Read more...]