Add All of Your Blog Posts to October's Open Thread

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more

Sign Up for October's NaBloPoMo

The theme for October is DISH! ...more

It's Time to Dish With October's NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month?  ...more

Add All of Your Blog Posts to September's Open Thread

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more

Sign Up for September's NaBloPoMo

The theme for September is LESSONS! ...more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your October 2015 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more
Behind every successful person lies a ...more

NaBloPoMo October 2015 Blogroll

The theme for October is DISH! ...more
You, my dear, are an absolute genius and I am in awe. And since I just blogged about you and ...more

NaBloPoMo October 2015 Prompts

The theme for October's NaBloPoMo is DISH. If you're participating in NaBloPoMo in October -- or even if you're not! -- here are some prompts to get you going. Writing prompts are posted at the beginning of the month so you can plan ahead, Monday to Friday. (Weekends are for free-writing!) ...more

The Best Salsa You'll Ever Eat . . . and Some Mighty Fine Guacamole . . . Even for Dummies

This isn't my salsa recipe. I snagged it while I was waitress in college....more

The Great Escape: Thoughtful Thursday (NaBloPoMo Day 6)

So I've escaped from the house. Without the kids. Or my husband. It's just me. Maybe "escape" is a bit extreme but,, escape sounds about right. Don't get me wrong I love my family. I'm sure if you've read any other post I've written that would be apparent. But one can only take so much before you need a break. ...more

Telling My Mom I Changed My Religion

I became Muslim in the fall of 1998. Though I had been interested in Islam for many years, it was not until I moved to Arizona, from Arkansas, that I converted. But I had not told my mom that I had converted to Islam.I was very blessed to have mentors who truly understood the essence of Islam in addition to the teachings. I was never told I had to wear the scarf.  I was taught to study Islam first - to understand the teachings and essence of Islam – the reasons for everything, including the scarf. ...more

Most beloved dish: NaBloPoMo Day 5

Here we are on day 5 of NaBloPoMo. Though I do believe I've posted each day in December? I'll have to take a look back and see. Today I'm very tired and it's getting late so I hope this post makes sense by the time I'm done writing it. ...more

The Beginning of a Blogger

I had an interesting start to life. I was born living with old people. Raised by my great-grandmother, I was always an “Old Soul” and pondered life a little differently than the other children. Everything in my life was recorded into journals, scraps of paper, and mental monologues.  I wrote everything down, storing them in boxes for someone in the future to find and read....more

The Life-Changing Magic of a Tidy Closet

After I started reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, I couldn't wait to get started on my own "tidying marathon". I still haven't finished tidying the whole house and I started this process over a month ago. But I KNOW it is possible and am so excited about finally getting "tidy".I'm not sure how long Marie Kondo's tidying marathons last, but if she were in the US or I were in Japan, I would love to enlist her services to keep me focused on tidying for however long it takes. As it is, I am doing this myself, motivated by the version of Marie Kondo in my head who paints a picture of me surrounded by only things that bring me joy, sipping tea in my perfectly tidy home and making time to do yoga and take a bath before bed at night.Following the KonMari sequence, I started with clothes, then moved on to books, then papers, and am currently on "komono" (pretty much everything else - which is a lot!). Today I share my dramatic closet transformation....more

What Is Survival Journalism?

"Many people would no more think of entering journalism than the sewage business - which at least does us all some good" (Stephen Fry) Survival Journalism is a blog created in part with the support of the media blog incendiaryAmerican. ...more

International Babywearing Week 2015: NaBloPoMo Day 4

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I'm veering off topic from the NaBloPoMo prompts. If you're participating in Blogtober or NaBloPoMo or would to you can find daily prompts here. Today's prompt is: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 Who did most of the cooking in your house when you were growing up? ...more

Culinary Class 2015 vs Home Ec. 1975

In 8th grade I took Home Economics at East Junior High School in Tiffin, Ohio. The first semester was cooking and the second semester was sewing. This was not an "elective". It was required.I have a daughter in the 8th grade. She chose "Culinary" as her elective. In 7th grade she wanted to take Culinary but she had to wait until 8th to actually take it. Her 7th grade elective was Drama. Absolutely a prep for Culinary. She is a dramatic cook. ...more

You Can Call It "Apples" But It's Still Hate

There is a social event I attend somewhat regularly. A Muslim man also attends and always searches me out for conversations. I have a hard time shaking him off – though I desperately try. He has only two topics of interest: Shia and Islamophobia....more