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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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I must be crazy…

I just finished watching CNN’s documentary special with Soledad O’Brien Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door. And the kinds of things these people were saying about Islam and Muslims, oh my gosh! In it there was a court case, probably in Tennessee but I’m not sure, where the people were arguing about whether Islam was even a […]

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Hello from Sudbury!

One thing I was looking forward to was the drive up to Sudbury! I think long car rides are akin to taking babies for walks in strollers, only on an adult level. It’s always nice to see new scenery, and I haven’t seen  Northern Ontario for quite some time. Just past Barrie you start seeing […]

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Cinderella man

I’m not much of a fan of boxing movies. I watched Rocky. Winced when they cut his eyelids so he could see! And cheered when he won. That’s basically what most boxing movies seem to be about. A guy who beats the odds, pardon the pun. And yet Cinderella Man with Russell Crowe and Renee […]

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Kung Fu Panda and Kill Bill 2

Happy New Year everyone! I can’t believe 2010 is gone! What a year it was!!! Last night while hubby was unwrapping the new sofas for our living room, he told me to put the second part of Kill Bill on. I said, “You really want to watch it?!” He said, “Yeah, sure, why not. It’ll […]

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The director of a day camp said this to me as I was leaving. It’s one of the best compliments to storytelling skill there is. It’s absolutely thrilling ot hear them moan, “Oh my butt fell asleep” or “My legs hurt” (from sitting still too long). It means they were so captivated they forgot to […]

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Back ‘home’…

I’m staying back at my parent’s house, ‘home’, the house I grew up in and yet it doesn’t feel like ‘home’ to me at all. This last month has been crazy, living out of a suitcase, hardly seeing my own family. My mom’s doing better. Today she forgot her walker behind a couple of times […]

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Newbie mistakes

Sometimes, when I dwell on it, I can’t help cringing about the way I behaved when I was first starting out. And sometimes, when I’m feeling generous, I don’t even blame that instructor for asking me to leave that writing workshop I’d paid to join. I made all the typical newbie mistakes. Probably every single […]

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It went so well!!!

Today I had the radio interview with Shelagh Rogers and it went better than it ever has. Usually I’m so nervous, and I was, even when I sat down in front of the microphone, at the seat pushed up to a round table. There were posters on the walls and a miniature model of the Rogers […]

If by Rudyard Kipling continued

If you can dream-and not make dreams your master, If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same;” This is the beginning of the second stanza and I just think there’s so much to it that bears scrutiny. Have […]

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If by Rudyard Kipling

I don’t even pretend to be a poet. To be perfectly honest I don’t *get* most poetry. Sometimes it can be breathtaking, but it’s very much hit and miss. But ‘If’ is one of the poems I have hanging on my bulletin board by my desk. The other two poems are The Quitter by Robert Service and […]

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