September 23, 2017

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

September 13, 2017

A quick announcement tonight. I’m thrilled to let you know that Kate, Pea and I are participating in the Women of Toledo: Panel Dialogue about Cultural Diversity and Family Traditions next Tuesday. We will be talking about our interfaith family and how we manage to navigate holidays and traditions.   Learn more about Women of Toledo by visiting their website. Read more

September 9, 2017

Hi there! I started this post back in May. Seriously. Right before Ramadan started, I sat down to tell you about what was going on. Then I got wrapped up in tending my people. Waking up, feeding everyone, holding all the feelings together, spending time with my people, reaching out to new people, learning, loving and growing. But not talking much. I’ve had a difficult time talking this year. These days I can’t find that quiet space I need to hear my… Read more

June 5, 2017

On the 4th day of Ramadan, I was the contributing writer on the AltMuslim blog for the series, Ramadan 2017 – 30 Days 30 Writers. Ramadan Prep? What Prep? ‘I Just Wing it.’ I promise I was paying attention. I knew it was coming. The weekly sermons leading up to Ramadan kept reminding us about preparing. How to fast. When to fast. What to do, what not to do. The emotional and spiritual work that we should do. Last Friday… Read more

May 26, 2017

To celebrate Ramadan, I’ve put The Wudu Cling on SALE. Normally 10.00 each, you can buy them now for 7.50 each or 2 for 15.00 Here are the links. Amazon: The Wudu Cling (Yellow) The Wudu Cling (Blue)  Etsy: The Cling Shop   Read more

April 1, 2017

Lately my daughter has been asking to go shopping for hijabs. Its on her mind. Every time we’ve left to go on a trip for college searches or science Olympiad, she asks, “Is that the city with the cool hijab store?” She’s remembering the shop in Bridgeview. Al Omari Islamic Fashions. Pea remembers 5 years ago, we went to this shop, we were warmly welcomed, they had an abundance of abaya and hijab and the women were so helpful and… Read more

March 11, 2017

  When I started writing this blog, it was with the hopes that it would be a touchstone for people like me, searching for a source of support in this wonderful, exciting, challenging and often lonely journey of being in an interfaith relationship with a Muslim spouse. A source of comfort and a place for information to help along the journey. I’m thrilled to be this weekend’s Featured Author on AltMuslim’s Social Media. Please boost the signal so other women… Read more

March 9, 2017

I’ve been thinking that I should be writing. I should be talking to you, telling you what’s been happening…but the words wouldn’t come. My life hasn’t been that interesting lately. I guess. I’ve been working on getting Mr. Fox ready to go to college. That is the biggest thing in my life. Going on college tours has been a new experience for me. When I was in high school, the school counselors weren’t that great. I think I met with… Read more

January 28, 2017

It seems to me that the 2016 election will be one of those defining moments in history, much like Pearl Harbor, or 9/11 or Rabaa. There will be the time before…and the aftermath. The United States will be forever changed. The world as we know it will be forever changed. Our children and grandchildren will ask us why things are the way they are and we will point back to that specific incident in time as the turning point. For… Read more

January 12, 2017

“You said you prayed about it. I know your husband and children are Muslim, but what religion are you?” She asked. “Its complicated,” I said, “I’m on a journey and I don’t quite know where it will lead.” My mother grew up in a Catholic family. She and her 5 brothers and sisters went to Catholic schools; my grandmother was an old school Catholic woman who knew her religion. My father came to religion a little later in life, and… Read more

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