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Alice in Wonderland…

This is the last entry of my Shanghai journal. I know it seems strange to talk about Shanghai when we had such a major catastrophe in the eastern States, but I think even in times of difficulties life has to go on. My heart goes out to all those suffering from the effects of Hurricane […]

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Sun Yat Sen is the father of modern China. I had no idea. He died in 1925 and they decided to raise a mausoleum for him on top of Purple Mountain in Nanjing. At the time China had about 39.2 million people, so the guy who designed the memorial got the bright idea there should […]

Nanjing–Confuscious Temple

We went to see the Confuscious Temple. It was in a very touristy district, lots of foreigners and when I stepped off the bus I saw a Chinese woman who was wearing what could only be hijab! She was so cute! And I felt incredibly homesick. And despite all my qualms at being photographed by […]

Shanghai Journal–Nanjing

Before I transcribe my next installment of my Shanghai journal, I just want to say HAAAA! The Yankees got SWEPT! Blown away! By the Detroit Tigers in four games! Oh how I laughed when that smug-faced A-Rod grounded out in the ninth inning! He’d worked the count 3 and 1, he knew he could only […]

During my trip, I took along a notebook, like I did during Hajj, and filled it with my thoughts. Here’s the first entry: I’m writing this from the Nanjing Hilton which must mean it’s Tuesday, I think. (Oct.9th) Shanghai has a population of about 23 million. In a city! The whole country of Canada is […]

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Back from Shanghai!

And to quote good ole Bugs Bunny: “Oh the places I’ve been and the things I’ve seen!” More of that later… On the last day, getting ready to come back, my husband turned to me and asked, “So what did you learn from these ten days?” Hmm. The biggest thing I learned is the definition […]

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Yes…I’m excited now…

A month ago my father asked me if I was excited yet about going to Shanghai for ten days, and I  just gave him a perplexed look. My parents have been all over the world. They basically drove every place in North America that a car can go. And when they got on in years […]

Finally I can say the good news…

Got permission from the powers that be, that I can finally release the good news that I’ve been clutching to my chest all summer long! Two things! Which should I say first? The local or the international??? Hmm. Let’s start local: The Toronto District School Board has chosen me along with some other authors (I’m […]

The Highway of Tears…

is a stretch of highway 16 that I drove between Prince Rupert and a small town called Terrace B.C. Actually it might be further, but I specifically remember that stretch of road. One of the most beautiful areas of North America, I bet. You can see pics of it here: http://www.rukhsanakhan.com/photogallery/CalgaryVancouverandPrinceRupert2009/mexicanstandoffwithcamerasg.html Today they discovered one […]

The ‘new’ Muslim weddings: Oy Vey!

Went to a family wedding recently, my side…the wacky Pakistanis…and oh boy how weddings have changed!!! Decided I’d been the Prodigal Daughter/niece/Cousin whatever for too long, and thought, what the heck, and me and hubby went. The biggest issues I had to deal with my daughters’ weddings were mostly Islamic stuff: separation of the sexes, […]

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