My Prayer for Hamza…

                So much like my son, my beautiful miracle child, I love him so much… This is completely incomprehensible to me… You know, you give birth to these amazing souls, and watch them, despite being domesticated by society, thrive in the wildness of their beings… Traits of kindness and compassion bursting out despite what they see on video games, domestic violence, TV (in th...more

Why the TSA frisked a 6yr old! Does TSA actually stand for: Totally Senseless Acts?

Today I booked a pair of plane tickets so that my husband and I can attend a family wedding. Pretty routine, right? That’s what I thought too, until I was struck with some unexpected nostalgia upon clicking “Purchase.” You see, it’s been about a year since I last flew. Remember last year at the airport? Ah, how I long for the days of low-tech, metal-detecting wands .  Today's plane passengers are subjected to "enhanced” pat downs and super fancy body scanners that generate semi-erotic images....more

Regarding the death of an angry man

“Peace” by Mariam Askanani on Flickr Last night, we heard the news we’ve been waiting to hear for almost ten years. He’s dead. Immediate reaction? “Finally, the bastard’s dead. Is it Castro’s turn yet?” What do you expect?...more

A Change of Plans

This morning I had planned to start a series of posts answering questions I've received about the blog, winning prizes, samples, etc.  After the news last night, I've decided to postpone them for today and address current events instead.First and foremost, my thoughts go out to the families of the victims of 9-11.  While there is no such thing as complete closure, I hope Osama's death brings them a measure of peace....more

All the News That’s Fit to Bitch About

It has been a banner week in news. Libyan rebels are engaged in a bloody stand-off with their bat-shit dictator, global economies are on the brink of collapse and there’s a school-yard fight going on in our nation’s capital and no one yet knows who is going to lose their lunch money. Yet women have been the focus of headline-making news stories of late and not for the reasons you might think. These three in particular caught my eye.  ...more

When I notice that my pits stink, I bathe.

My husband marvels at my ability to totally ...more

Who Is Steering the Ship?

March 23, 2011 It's the question at the forefront of a lot of minds these days: What's Wrong With Education, and How Do We Fix It? The simple answer to a terribly complex question is there are far too many captains attempting to steer the ship in several directions. Who is the clientele?...more

Tragedy and Devastation.

I will never forget December 26th, 2004.Yousuf and I were recovering from holiday overload at his grandparents house. We had been married for just two years, and we were still in that getting-to-know-your-family stage of our relationship. I had no earthly idea that Christmas was such a huge deal with his family until that year, and as we sat on a couch in the basement we reminded ourselves that even though cramming that amount of people into that small of a space probably restricted our airflow to the point of delirium, the POINT of it all was to share in our love....more

The Eleventh Commandment: Thou Shalt Have Health Insurance

Growing up, the first commandment in my family was “thou shalt have health insurance.” This sacred precept was invoked whenever I became itchy at a job or felt the urge to strike out on my own. “Consider what would happen if, God forbid, you got into an accident,” my parents would say. “We would have to sell the house.”...more

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Would You Turn In Your Neighbor

Would you turn in your neighbor, your friend, co-worker, classmate if you thought he or she was a threat to public safety?In light of the Tucson tragedy this past weekend, this has been on my mind. As the horrors un-folded in the media, and the more than is learned about the shooter, Jared Lee Laughner, the more I think of this....more


In my work environment we have ...more