Monday, December 12, 2005
  What do you need?
Well, first of all... I have found out I don't need a garage. In fact, I find it much scraping the windshield much less annoying having to open the garage door, get in my car and back it out of the garage, then get out again and close the garage door, and then get back into my car. I know, that probably puts me in a minority, but it has given me perspective on why electric garage door openers are so popular.

The second half of this entry is borrowed from a friend, Aishah Schwartz. She suggested googling (I actually prefer Altavista) with the following phrase "x needs" where x is your name. The results are interesting, silly, thoughtprovoking, and just plain old fun.

Here's what I got (today, yesterday it was different)

1) Pamela needs to trust her talents and instincts so she can ride out the waves of...
PK: publishing! The surf in the world of writers is pretty rough at times.

2)Pamela needs to get a few things off her chest.
PK: I suppose that's why I write so much...

3) Pamela needs sperm donor.
PK: Um, with four kids, I don't think so!

4) Pamela Needs an Easier Life Now!
Now who could say no to that?

What do I really need? Family, music, a quiet corner to write (computer greatly appreciated), books, and trees.

What do I really like? Movies, needle crafts, streams, snow (could you tell?), good food, fires in the fireplace and roasted marshmallows, an empty masjid, oceans, mountains.
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What I'm reading now

Cane River
An interesting exploration of the gradual whiting of a family through slavery to modern days.

To see an archive of all the books I've read (well the ones I've read and review since I started the blog) with comments, please click here

Causes Worth Supporting

This is just a short list -- a few of my favorites.

English Language Islamic Fiction. We need more of it. Lots more.
Pay a Teacher's Salary in Afghanistan. The Hunger site actually has a lot of worthwhile programs. You can find them all here .
Muslims for Progressive Values. My organization. We can always use donations, of time or money!
Human Rights Campaign for the glbt community
National Religious Campaign Against Torture
The ACLU I'm a card carrying member. Hope you'll become one too. The organization that has done the most, as far as I can tell, to pull the countries progressive side together.
Network of Spiritual Progressives. Working to reclaim religion and morality for the religious left.

Blogs Worth Reading

Wanda Campbell also known as Nochipa A very gifted poet and a gentle, compassionate soul. Nochipa and I are on the same page on sooooo many things
Writeous Sister Aminah Hernandez, she's got some excellent latino pieces and always has good writing info on her blog.
Sister Scorpion aka Leila Montour - Leila is a fount of energy, quirky humor, and bad attitude. She's also a talented poet.
Muhajabah Very interesting commentary here. I don't always agree with her, but her pieces are always thought-provoking.
Georgie Dowdell Georgie is a great writer and a good friend.
Louise Marley Another great writer. I think Louise is one of the best sf writers exploring faith themes.
Ink in My Coffee Devon Ellington (who has numerous aliases) who is also the editor of Circadian Poems. A truly inspiring woman with a seemingly endless supply of energy.
Ethnically Incorrect With a name like that, isn't a given I'm going to enjoy this writer?
Freedom from the Mundane Colin Galbraith, another excellent writer, from Scotland.
The Scruffy Dog Review This is a new e-zine with an ecclectic mix of fiction, poetry, and non-fic, some really enjoyable pieces here.
Ramblings of a Suburban Soccer Mom Lara, another gentle soul, very thoughtful.
Circadian Poems A journal of poetry, new stuff up all the time.
Ye Olde Inkwell Michelle writes romance and is one of my writing buddies.
Muhammad Michael Knight The original punk Muslim writer. Like him or love him, Mike is always coming up with the unexpected.

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