Sunday, August 06, 2006
We've taken a momentous decision... we are leaving our home of the past 11 years and moving to Cincinnati! My husband got a good job offer, one that was really too good to pass up, even though it means my oldest daughter will have to finish her last two years before college in a new high school. (One of the biggest cons of moving, aside from breaking up a lot of social contacts, etc.)

Needless to say, it's going to be a big change for us -- Noora has always lived in our current home, and Saara and Ameera were only a year old when we moved in, so they don't remember living anywhere else. Tasneem is the one who worries me most, as her academic program is going to be broken up in the middle, and she will move away from friends she's known for years and years. I'm sure she will do ok -- her academics are very strong and she is committed to doing well, but she may get awfully lonely. As always, thank god for the Internet and instant messaging; it will make it so much easier to keep in touch with her friends.

Fortunately, we have friends in the Muslim community in Cincinnati, so it's not like we are moving into a totally unfamiliar atmosphere. We also already know where the opera house is, as Saara, Ameera and I went there to see Margaret Garner (a new opera with libretto by Toni Morrison, and which is definitely worth seeing). Also we've been to the zoo, the aquarium, and other attractions. The orienteering club in Cincinnati is also more active than the one in Indiana, so that ought to be a big plus, as well.

Best of all, because I'm a free-lancer, most of my work can come with me. Not all of it, but enough to keep me from being totally workless. Of course, with buying a new house, getting the kids enrolled in school, finding new trumpet, clarinet and flute teachers, a new dojo, and figuring out soccer programs, I may not have much time for writing for some time to come.
Moving is never fun, but it sounds like you've got it in the bag! Hope all goes well.
Good luck with your move. Cincinnati is beautiful - and you'll be within driving distance of one of the most stunning part of the country (IMHO) - Southern Ohio and Southern Indiana.
Best of luck to your daughter, though - you're right about the internet - I think keeeping in tough with her friends that way will make the transition easier.
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Cane River
An interesting exploration of the gradual whiting of a family through slavery to modern days.

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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
National Religious Campaign Against Torture
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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.
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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