On the same day that the SCOTUS upheld the Muslim Ban, my daughter showed me the Adam Levine video from ‘Girls Like You.’ The two don’t seem to be related in any way, shape or form. We had just listened to the song on the radio. The lyrics don’t give any clue as to why this is remarkable. Spent 24 hours I need more hours with you You spent the weekend Getting even, ooh ooh We spent the late nights… Read more

If you are a long time reader, you know that I’m much more chatty during Ramadan. This year is no different. But this time, I won a giveaway that was hosted on Instagram! Its crazy. I enter tons of giveaways but I never win. Well, almost never. I won some lunchbox notes from What Really Matters podcast when my kids were little. Then last year, I won a gift card from Sadia Ash for a Juniper Smoke drawing. This week, I… Read more

I joined the muslim community in Toledo when Khaled and I married 20 years ago. In fact, we married on a Friday, went and spent the weekend at a bed and breakfast in southern Ohio and on the way home we stopped at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo. That was my first time inside of a mosque. Since that day, we have spent time in the different mosques around town and for various reasons, I never really felt at… Read more

On Thursday,  I was blessed to be in a room of amazingly powerful, incredibly strong, brilliant women who were owning their power and sharing their strength. This is the first year I was involved in International Women’s Day, and was in the audience of a panel discussion that featured women from  Africa, Jordan, India and Lebanon. It was hosted by an organization that was founded by a Malaysian woman, and employs women who are from very diverse backgrounds and all… Read more

I don’t know if you know anything about me, well, you know as much as I tell you. BUT if you’ve been paying attention AT ALL, you know I LOVE Grey’s Anatomy. I quote the show as much as humanly possible and if you’ve read my Cast of Characters, you know that. I love this show so much that I was bereft when my beloved Christina Yang left.  I dance things out, I tell people to choose me, love me… Read more

On Monday, I started talking about Hot Takes, and I think I went off topic a little. Then I got wordy and thought I’d loose you before I got back around to the point, so I wrapped things up. But I still have more to say. This is Part 2. This month the writers of the Patheos Muslim Channel are opening up about their feelings on the hot take, a quick response to a current event, political debate or issues of… Read more

This month the writers of the Patheos Muslim Channel are opening up about their feelings on the hot take, a quick response to a current event, political debate or issues of the moment. I have to say, I am not in love with them. Yesterday, I was in a meeting about a new project that I’m working on and we were discussing terms of engagement. You know, the list of rules that are often unspoken, but in this day and… Read more

Big Sis is back home. She arrived back in May and we had just settled back into our regular morning routine when Ramadan came around, then the end of the school year, and we travelled for Eid. During the Summer, Big Sis got a job and we started working on driving lessons, but then she got a second job. A more career focused one. I’m really happy for her, she is making great strides towards her goal and her life… Read more

This is another one of those posts I started this year and then set aside. It’s time to finish. Earlier this year, we went on a family trip for Spring Break. We traveled to a beautiful beach in Florida and did a really low-key week, enjoying the ocean, the beach and the sun. We decided this was most probably the last Spring Break trip we’d have as a family until all the children were out of college, so we wanted… Read more

I’m a TV junkie. I don’t watch T.V., I record it, then watch at my leisure. Sometimes an episode a week, sometimes I binge watch, and sometimes I bank them for the Winter and Summer hiatus. Some people say its a time suck. Some people say its a waste of time. Some people don’t enjoy the escape. I do. When I was growing up, we always had the TV on. It was background noise, it was something to gather us… Read more

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