Jummah Reflection: Solutions, Please.

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF. I’ve been reflecting lately on how much exposure I’ve had to humanity thanks to social media. In the past 10 years, I’ve had the opportunity to ‘meet’ a more diverse pool of people than…

Jummah Reflection: We Learn Through Observation

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF!   “Indeed, within the heavens and the earth are signs (ayat) for the believers.” (Qur’an 45: 3)   If there’s one thing that pure scientific and spiritual paths have in common, it’s the idea…

The Airing of the Grievances | 2017

I’ve got a lot of problems with you people…and now you’re gonna hear about it! As always, I try my best not to spend the whole year bitching and complaining about things that bother me. (Sometimes I’m obviously more successful…

Jummah Reflection:  Iqra!

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF. This week I’ve been thinking about how important the *messenger* is to conveying the message. The first contact our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) had with The Divine was when the Angel…

Jummah Reflection: I Love You.

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF. Have you ever been in love? I mean real love. Not just the kind that we make movies about. The kind that transcends and envelopes and overwhelms all senses? The kind of love that…

GUEST BLOGGER | Teens Find Empowerment at Texas Conference for Women by Ilene Haddad

My colleague Ilene Haddad and I usually spend the Texas Conference for Women together, wandering the trade show and live-tweeting panels. This year’s convention was incredible. Some of the best keynotes I’ve attended in the history of the conference including…

Jummah Reflection: Your Ego is Not Your Amigo

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF. This week I’m thinking about how little time we have in our lives here on planet earth. In the eternal stream of things, our individual existence is a tiny blip. The one thing we…

43 Career Lessons at Age 43

I graduated high school a year early and never went to college. I spent my 20’s doing all manner of random jobs including administrative support, car washing, and food service. Somewhere in the middle of my 30’s, after getting married…

Jummah Reflection: You Are Being Played.

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF. When I was a little girl, there was an older person who used to tease me mercilessly. This person understood my triggers, noticed when things bothered me, and found it amusing to choose random…

Jummah Reflection: I Build Bridges

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF. This week I’m thinking about “building bridges” – particularly in an interfaith context. A lot of people use this term to refer to all interfaith activities. But I want to be very clear: Building…