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

Solving a decades-old identity crisis

First of all, I want to thank all my lovely readers who left such encouraging comments on my last post. You don't realize how much it meant (and means!) to me to read your comments. It was just the soothing balm I needed. Alas, I got my (second) answer yesterday. Another No. So for the… Continue reading Solving a decades-old identity crisis