Wednesday, August 30, 2006
  Colorful!
I've always loved houses with character, whether it be old houses with odd nooks and crannies and interesting shaped walls, or houses where you walk in and are deluged with a clear sense of the owner's personality, from the furniture, the art on the walls, the color of the rooms.

My new house, like most houses we looked at, was pretty generic -- rectangular rooms, neutral colors on the floors and walls. The past week has been spent making it ours-- the kitchen is now ivory and mauve, the dining room a glorious golden organge, the living room a joyful aqua blue. My youngest picked a bright, happy lavendar and my oldest picked a calm apricot for their rooms. My twins didn't get a choice, as their room had wallpaper on one wall and I had no interest in stripping it, but it's a nice mushroomy color, with lines of roses on the wallpaper that remind me of their all-time favorite book series -- RedWall, by Brian Jacques -- a fitting room indeed. My living room is still nuetral, but it's topped with cheerful sunflower border. I'm planning on painting one hall a soft, minty green and I'm still debating on what color to choose for my office -- maybe tones of cerulean.

I think my hubby is still in shock over the blue living room, but I adore it. One those dull winter days when it seems the whole world has been sapped of color, I plan to lie on my living room floor and breathe deeply!
 
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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
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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.
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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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