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Happy Birthday

to me Happy Birthday to me Happy Birthday to me-eeeee Happy Birthday to me I was born at 8.04am years ago today. (Pretty picture courtesy of This Next.) Digg this…

Eid Mubarak!

To my sisters and brothers: Congratulations! Mabrook! !عید مبارک We did it! WE CAN HAVE MORNING COFFEE AND LUNCH AGAIN! To everyone – defaulted to ‘The World, Including My Sworn…

My Seedo!! My Seedo!! My Seedo!!

Allah yir7amak ya Seedo. I can’t even begin to express how much I miss my Seedo. It’s been years since he passed, but these last couple of weeks have seen…

Gazaweeyah salad: دق (da’ah)

This is my favourite salad, and it is Gazaweeyah (hailing from the Gaza Strip). In Arabic, it’s called دق, pronounced da’ah. I’m uncertain of the specific root of the word…

Interfaith Fast to End the Occupation of Iraq

Someone’s just posted this to my comments section. I’m pulling it up to the front because I think it’s an excellent initiative and I don’t want it to go unnoticed….

Breaking fast in the Ottawa area – a taste of the experience

I’ve received several emails asking me where / how one could experience this with Muslims if they’re not currently living in a Muslim country, or if they don’t have any…

All Night Long

Because every once in a while it’s necessary for me to reinforce publicly the fact that I am a very big nerd. When I was six years old, I choreographed…

Donate blood, please

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Magically Flushing Toilettes

That’s not their real name, but it’s what I’ve been calling them. They’re the super duper clean toilettes that are much too eager to flush all on their own. They’re…

Lulu’s 1st ride!

As promised earlier, here you go… Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post…

Introducing Lulu

The Store Don’t let the daunting exterior of Joe Mamma’s dissuade you from entry. Although it appears skateboarder meets snowboarder meets bmxer (the three of whom are dudes) they are…

Neruda

is my favourite poet, and this is my favourite of his poems. It was read to me when I was 22 and I was as moved to sadness then as…

What’s in a name?

A snippet of last night’s conversation – Aalya: “I heard this kid call out ‘PARMINDER! PARMINDER! OVER HERE!’ and so I expected to turn around and see a little Pakistani…

Mama, The Riddler

When mama gets anxious or upset or nervous and tries to communicate in English, she sounds a little like Dr. Seuss. Exhibit A: ‘If I could tell her I would…

Occupation 101

Forget what you think you know. And listen to the voices of the silenced majority. Open your minds and remember Malcolm X’s famed words: “…what I have seen, and experienced,…

Quote of this day

“It is good for a woman to keep her sense of humor intact and at the ready. She must see, even if only in secret, that she is the funniest…

"Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent"

Serving as a sort of balance – for lack of a better word – to the neoc*n article I posted a few hours ago, here is a Frontline interview with…

Quote of this day

“If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” – Malcolm X, may he be resting in peace. Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share…

A warm hug in the middle of your week

If the consequence of such thinking weren’t so devastating, it would be comical. Fundamentalists ranging from the Fundamentalist Muslim, Fundamentalist Jew, Fundamentalist Christian, Fundamentalist Anti-Religionist, Fundamentalist Anti-Crayonist, and Fundamentalist Anti-Humorist…

Quote of this day

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” -C.G. Jung Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share…

Lordz of Brooklyn

I love rap and every once in a while come across a talented group whose music and lyrics blow my mind. All of the groups and individuals to whom I’ve…

A home is not be built on the table of an architect

Two couples I know recently purchased their first homes together. Aalya & Dietrich in old Gatineau and Katie & Michael off of Pretoria Bridge in Ottawa. Visiting their homes has…

The Honour of Being A Daughter

This happened recently and I’ve been uncertain as to how or what to post, so forgive me if it is a little without context. Recently, mama had a health scare…

Panic at the German Town Deli

Around the corner from my French school is German Town Deli. I’ve always walked past and looked inside but never thought to actually traverse the threshold and enter, if only because…

A little after 3 am today, nanno died

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Self Reflection: Beirut’s fingerprints

I’ve begun writing the Wrap Up on Beirut and I realize I’m not ready to do it just yet. It’s really too heavy for me to deal with at the…

A sad goodbye to Lebanon

I can’t say it enough; Lebanon is a beautiful and breathtaking country and tonight I’ll be graced with it’s last sunset. I quickly learned that the best way to wrap…

Merde A La Puissance Treize!

Congratulations to Italy, the team that didn’t deserve to win. For the duration of the first 45 minutes, I fully expected Italy to win because they dominated the field, holding…

"Allez Les Bleus!"

.1. Zizou scored via penalty kick against Portugal today. Cristiano goes home, and I’ll be surprised if Figo sees the 2010 World Cup. It was a clean game, as futbol…

I shake my fist at the DAMNED penalty kick

I have always found the penalty kick to be the most disturbing aspect of a futbol match. When placed within the context of the World Cup it’s morally reprehensible. There’s…

World Cup Football and Memories of Gaza

My very first memory of futbol was as a baby of less than four years. My father played on a local team and my mom and I would watch and…

World Cup no. 2 (True Story no. 1)

In the summer of 1994, friends and I rented a cabin and left the city during the semi finals of the World Cup (I WAS FORCED!). With us at the…

Belly dance to this

Two of the sexiest belly dance tunes that you simply must download are: Daret Al Ayam (by: Ro-Je) & Zenia (by: Petrol Bomb Samosa) Holy WOW. You can find both…

Libra girl / Scorpio boy Compatibility

As mentioned earlier, I’ll blog a month-by-month Libra girl / (insert that month’s sign) boy compatibility. My first blog entry in this weirdness was Libra / Libra compatibility. What follows…

This is my test page

I havetommbbvv Your words today are the seeds to tomorrow’s harvest.Choose them wisely. @onefemalecanuck I havetommbbvv Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tumblr it…