That Post-Hajj High

I realize the word "high" and pairing it with anything Islamic is kind of contradictory. Getting high is kind of completely antithetical to Islam. Ecstasy is no better. Maybe spiritual elevation? I don't know. It's not succinct though. And as a writer, I like my titles to be as succinct as possible. Although most of… Continue reading That Post-Hajj High

My first-ish 5K!

I did it! I signed up for a 5K! Somebody asked me yesterday what I like to do for fun and I answered in this order: Read, write, sing... and recently I've started getting into running. I love how I feel the need to add all those qualifiers in the last one. Honestly, I have… Continue reading My first-ish 5K!

It has begun… or will begin very soon! i.e. some pre-Ramadan thoughts.

Ramadan will begin this evening and thus, tomorrow will be the first fast of this lunar year for many Muslims living in North America. I now live in the land of calculations (i.e. ISNA), so I know for a fact my first fast will be tomorrow. But whether one follows the moon- sighting or not,… Continue reading It has begun… or will begin very soon! i.e. some pre-Ramadan thoughts.

The Richard Simmons Saga – A True Story

I am an obsessive person. And I can be an elitist about the things I love. Only very recently have I been able to publicly admit that I like the movies better than the books. You know what I'm talking about. Okay, fine. It's been a while. The real reason I read The Lord of… Continue reading The Richard Simmons Saga – A True Story

The War On Our Bodies

Once "fat" becomes your marker for self-identification, obsession with weight and body image perhaps never leave you. Sometimes, I desperately wish I was more like Alison Sweeney. Alison Sweeney, for those unfamiliar, is the former host of The Biggest Loser and soap-opera actress who (relatively) famously struggled with her weight in her youth. She later… Continue reading The War On Our Bodies