Wednesday, June 07, 2006
  On the road yet again...
Tasneem is headed to France, Noora is on her way to New Mexico, and the twins and I are headed with our tent and sleeping bags to Route 66. We'll meet up with Noora and Arif in Albuquerque, tour Arizona, head east to visit family, and return home in a month!

I will be trying to update this blog as frequently as possible, but being dependent on wireless connections I happen across may make it spotty.

In the meantime, I'd like to direct y'all to an EXCELLENT column by Tarek Fatah about confronting terrorism. It's a real honor and a priviledge to be able to work with Tarek in the Progressive Muslim Union and the Muslim Canadian Congress. Sometimes Tarek and I dont' see eye to eye, and he can be a downright curmdgeon, but he is a paragon of speaking out and taking action when it needs to be taken. He doesn't mince words, and he isn't apologetic. He just sets things out as they are. And, as I've gotten to know him, it has become clear that he cares deeply and truly for people -- an example of this: another article from the Toronto Star, showing how Tarek was the only national Muslim leader present at the arraignment of the terror suspects, and how he was defending the families from the onslaught of the media, even though their sons may have been involved in acts that are an anathema to him, and they were wearing burqas which Tarek (like many of us) positively hates. May God bless him for all the good he does.
Wow, that sounds like an awesome trip!
Bon voyage to Tasneem, and happy trails to the rest of you!

Thanks for the link to Tarek's article, Pamela . . . it's illuminatory, and I appreciate the inside look of a man of faith at the troubles associated with his own faith tradition. Goodness knows, we Christians struggle with the same things! I was just thinking, during Mass yesterday, of what the Prince of Peace would have to say about Shock and Awe. It filled me with sadness.

The dialogue made possible by the web might at the very least be a step toward mutual understanding between our two peoples of faith.
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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.

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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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