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

to pray that the Leafs lose. Hubby summed it up well. He said, “They’re grown men with bent sticks chasing after a piece of black rubber!” LOL. Omigosh. Why oh why do we search for these vicarious victories? Is it because real victories of a personal nature are so hard to come by? So that we […]

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A few days ago I was at a school talking to the librarian about some of the nominees for a local reader’s choice award and when I mentioned a particular author she said, “Oh he’s so arrogant.” Just like that. And it was a bit jarring for me. And it reminded me of a moment […]

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Got a tip!

Every once in a while you go to a special school where they just…GET you! Yesterday was just such a school. The flavour the school hearkened back to gentler times. The kids were sweet! Not jaded in the least! And the staff! They had scheduled a pot luck multicultural luncheon for the day I was […]

Empowering Girls…

So yesterday I presented at an event called Sister2Sister and the whole experience was fascinating and yet left me feeling a little sad. These were grade eight girls from inner city schools, coming together to receive inspiring advice from women professionals in all kinds of fields: law, police, firefighters, construction/trades, government liasion, dance, boxing, singing […]

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Farewell Sitka!

The last day of this tour was spent first with little anklebiters (the head start program children) reading them first Silly Chicken and then telling them my Big Red Lollipop story. It’s funny how the tone of my voice changes completely when I’m dealing with these tiny little children. Most of them are three or […]

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Leaving Barrow…

What a few days it’s been! Went to the schools on Friday, and did two presentations yesterday at the Tuzzy Library. Wasn’t expecting any sort of crowd, it being Easter weekend and all… for goodness sakes I was competing with an Easter egg hunt! And yet I’d say there were close to 35 or 40 […]

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Cultural Differences…

This isn’t the first time I’ve presented to a mostly first nations audience. You’d think you’d get used to their reservation–pardon the pun (couldn’t resist!). I think it’s because first nations kids are so trained to be respectful to elders that they’re downright afraid to laugh. It’s kind of funny to see the laughs burst […]

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Talk of Alaska…

I wonder if you actually do get comfortable with a radio mic in front of you and earphones on your head. I’ve been on radio a few times now. I remember the second or third time was the longest interview till this morning–about forty minutes. Today I spent an hour on radio talking to a […]

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Subhanallah and Hallelujah!

The clouds parted and the sun shone down on the sky in valdez! And my flight was able to not be cancelled! Apparently today was the first day back from a two week long spring break. I wasn’t surprised at all that it was a bit chaotic! Luckily a very nice local author drove me […]

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One of the reasons I do this…

Today I had three presentations at a school not far away and one of the teachers told me something that occurred with one of her students that left me momentarily speechless. This teacher was familiarizing the class with my work by reading Silly Chicken. She took out a map and was showing the class where […]

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