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The Rebound

We may have had this conversation in the past – do you believe that there is such a thing as a rebound relationship? And do you avoid those just out…

Maha Monday: My new piece’s past

Dear Maha, (Name withheld) I have been dating for a few months now. I thought he was perfect until last week when he told me a few things about his…

The Playing In Traffic

When I was 13, I broke my femur running into traffic while a boy led. He was the son of our neighbors at the time, only a year older to…

The Decision Fatigue**

Choosing to wear Malcolm is the only choice I am left able to make, it seems. Let me caveat this post by (re)articulating how being single is a choice which…

The Deliberate Choices

The Fragility piece generated a lot of very shy DMs from women regarding the following – “The alternative is to engage men about whom I could not give a shit;…

The Fragility

“You need to date someone who already loves you,” was what she said. I had him once. He was my best friend, but I was not ready, and ultimately –…

The Wedding

Paris • 8 August, 2020 Jennifer and Guillaume. But really. This is Jennifer. During my sabbatical, Jennifer’s home was my first non-blood-family home to which I went. When I was…

The Ramadan Challenge

Ramadan is (likely set) to start on Thursday, inshAllah. These past few weeks have taught us that nothing is in our control but our intentions (not outcomes), and our actions…

Day 34 of Staying the Fuck Home

I actually really dig it. I hope that you’re all staying safe and sound, inshAllah, and gearing up for Ramadan ♥️ Comments closed. Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share…

The 21st Day of The Covid Chronicles

It’s day 21 of physical distancing for me. I have only been out to collect groceries, pharmaceuticals, and to tend to my mother’s home. Like on Tuesday, the electrician arrived…

The List-Maker

A friend sent me the most poignant quote (thank you, J): “…everything we do before a pandemic seems like an overreaction, and everything after seems like drastic under reaction.” What…

The Hand Washing

I’m trying to write a long-form piece a month, either at the beginning of or end of said month. I think that because I’m having enough fun with Instagram stories,…

The Hard Monogamist

The following short reflection came up because recently, someone (I absolutely adore) asked if they had a right to articulate a need to their lover of early days. I realized…

The Love Fetish

“Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy, absentminded. Someone sober will worry about things going badly. Let the lover be.” -Rumi Last week, I was chatting with a friend about the…

The New

I even wore my fun lashes for the photograph. New Year, Old Me; may I never know where to look when trying to take a photo. It’s been a minute…

The End

I couldn’t decide on which one to post, so you’re getting both. Since November 28, 2018, I have been writing daily. This is my last such entry, though of course…

The Penultimate Piece

365 days ago, I was getting ready to leave Canada for (what I thought would be) one month. Five months and countless countries (because I’m actually too lazy to count)…

The Gecko

Do I look like a gecko? I feel like I look like a gecko. Also, do I look like I’m some kind of infant toddler? I feel like I might…

The Hand-Holding

This might very well become my favourite new place. I love brick walls almost as much as I love all attention to detail, especially in nooks – I was thinking…

The Poetry Video

The English Lit department at the Islamic University of Gaza asked to feature rose-water syrup during their Great Poetry Fair. They requested that I make a video reading one of…

The Time Slowers

Two of the four food groups right here. Aside from this, my ACTEOTSI of this day was a gratitude journal. I realize that one of the reasons this year has…

The Commitment (Gl)Itch

We were agreeing that every little while, couples should check in with one another to ask if they’re still into each other. She mentioned that it was in Germany that…

The Little Happiness(es)

I order onion skin paper because no one in Ottawa carries it. I also buy vintage airmail envelopes whenever I find authentic ones. Always, I am making lists of things…

The Nervous Nauseous

Eight days, and The Sabbatical comes to its close. I began my own advent calendar – each day, I purchase a thing to celebrate, and to carry into the next…

The Sunshine

Doesn’t she look amazing? She has to wear sunglasses after her cataract surgery so I let her have her pick of mine. She insisted on wearing them over her own…

The Father, Mother, And The Construction

Momma had her first of two cataract surgeries today at the Riverside. I in fact hate being inside of adult hospitals (I am good at children’s, however). Just being inside…

The Male Energy

  He wore a Patagonia t-shirt, of course. He’s a mountaineer who has lost feeling in two toes because he was chasing a mountaineering adventure at Canada’s highest peek –…

The Flare-Up

flare-up noun \ ˈfler-ˌəp  \ a sudden bursting (as of a smoldering fire) into flame or light, a danger of flare-ups. Some people call it ‘banter’. A note: don’t ask People of Colour…

The Rehabilitation

When did I stop knowing how to take a picture? Our next date will be for me to go over and bake Christmas goods with her in middle December. Natalie’s…

The Smashing Of Windows

There was a parade along my street, which is one of the things I love about my street. All parades must pass through here ❤️ That’s The Grinch inside of…

The Male Character

Unless physically incapable, there will never be a day when I come across a playground at which I don’t play, or a merry-go-round on which I won’t ride. Lesson three…

The Writer(s)

Author of Ayesha at Last, this stunner is Uzma Jalaluddin. I had heard rumblings of this book, but being as out of touch as I have been during The Sabbatical,…

The Clan

The front row are the McGs, while the back row are D & A (married to A & C, covering all first four letters of your A-B-Cs); we met 11…

The Happy Onesies

It was a good day for one of the most important women in my life. Me, I got to tag along and wear scrubs (they are pyjamas in public!!) and…

The Unforgiven

Snow; it’s when the stars fall to the ground. Have I mentioned that I keep track of how I am ageing? Like, an actual list? It’s one of the ways…

The Perfect Day

A very short morning taking care of things for momma. I love Christmas and spent far too long wandering the aisles of Christmas decorations. Last year, I missed momma and…

The Art Evening

That’s Destine (pronounced Destin) on the left, and Sally on the right. You know Sally’s husband David, my legal counsel. Tonight was a night, though. One entirely in support of…

The Balancing

You’re going to get an unusual amount of selfies this month because I’m making up for every time I placed my friends on hold this past year. Sorry? Not even…

The Emergency Room Evening

I spent my evening in CHEO’s emergency room, which is what happens when people you love have babies whose party trick is suddenly projectile vomiting. More on this in a…

The Dating

This is not the same dress that was in today’s story, but rather my this evening’s outfit. (In case you voted, the black sandal is the leading winner so far….