To look at me you see a black woman. I’m not wearing any coverings, no hijab. My name although ethnically Arabic may or may not reflect my religious beliefs so most people do not know my religion until I tell them. I don’t pray five times a day but I do pray and during communal prayer services I am often brought to tears.
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I am so excited that we are finally in December! I love this time of year, probably because the kids get so excited about the decorations and lights and of course the presents! One of the perks about being a parent is getting to be a kid again yourself. ...more
When I was 9 years old, I belonged to a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. As required, I gave 5 minute talks every so often, on topics based on their guidelines to make an example as to how one could create a way to preach in a non-secular setting, such as during school lunch or while waiting at a bus stop. While I'd been giving these presentations since I was five, I had started writing them on my own around the age of six or seven. So on this day, when I was nine, after I gave my presentation and received the beautiful applause that I had been nurtured to live for, the elder gave his critique as was the norm. He told me, "as usual," I did an outstanding job, however, I was old enough to begin writing these talks on my own, without the help of my parents. I immediately voiced that I did when my own mother, sitting behind me, clamped her hand over my mouth....more
For the first time in a long time, a boy broke my heart*. Like a lot of people, I was crushed when I read Pope Francis met with Kim Davis. How did Pope Francis go from “who I am to judge?” to a private meeting with a woman who not only thinks she’s fit to judge, but also to take it upon herself to deny fellow Americans their legal rights? There’s no shortage of people, Catholics and non Catholics alike, would have given anything for an audience with the Pope. Good people who work tirelessly to create a better world, so why Kim Davis? I ...more
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