Rukhsana’s thoughts on her journey of life, writing and sometimes—when she dares—a bit of politics.

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I went out of town yesterday and just got back. It was a Muslim community who’ve been such great supporters of my work that it’s always a pleasure to visit, even if it does mean a five hour drive. One of the ladies in particular has such an aura about her. I’ve heard it called […]

Back refreshed…

I took a vacation! A real vacation! No work, no laptop, I didn’t even take my watch! Didn’t want to have to take a look at it–which meant I ended up asking hubby and son every few minutes, “What time is it?” In hind sight, I would have taken my watch, but still…point is I […]

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The advantage of being underestimated…

Been sick, sick, sick, and that makes me think, think, think. Way back when Bush was president, I used to wonder how such a silly person (who calls one of their friends Turd Blossom???) could end up running the most powerful country in the world, and I really think a lot of his success came […]

War Horse…

I’ve spent the last few days deciding exactly what I got from the experience of going to see the play War Horse. And I’ve come to the conclusion that I got many many things! It was a bit of a stone henge moment–where I got more from the experience of going there than actually seeing the […]

Confrontations cont’d…

As soon as I finished my treatise yesterday I felt like I hadn’t even addressed family confrontational issues and thought that should be the next post. I usually take a break for a few days between posts to give myself and my readers a rest, but hey, I’ll just put this up here while it’s […]

One step forward, two steps back

or is it the other way around? Two steps forward and one step back? All I know is that it’s incredibly frustrating. I know I gave myself permission to write a lousy first draft, and that I did, but still, I was hoping there wouldn’t be quite so much work to do on the manuscript! […]

I confess, I’m not that surprised about the current broohaha in some circles over the loss of ‘Merry Christmas’ greetings. I suspect the majority is starting to feel under siege and they’re tired of political correctness. When I think of Christmas what is seared into my memory is the first grade teacher who insisted I write […]

Back from Stonehenge

Ever since I got back into London, my internet access has been iffy. Had more than enough trouble trying to just download my emails and didn’t have time to blog. But now, finally, I have a moment–and more importantly internet access! The last few days have been amazing! Like I said, I have been astonished […]

A Shout Out to my Home Girl Marjorie!

Yesterday, after I had such a wonderful time in Bradford, I forgot to mention going to lunch with Marjorie Coughlan in Leeds! It was a bit of an adventure getting into Leeds. Normally the train from Bradford takes twenty minutes, but alhamdu lillah, I did get there, albeit about half an hour late. Marjorie lives […]

On the way to Bradford, UK

I’m writing this from the train, on the way to Leeds and then Bradford. Hard to believe all the things that have happened over the last few days! Arrived on Sunday, it was dreary and foggy, and I wrote about how the cold seeped into my bones! Traveler beware. The temperature might claim it’s 7 […]