When Your Life Looks Nothing Like You Imagined

We often grow up with an idea of what our life will look like when we are at a certain age, more often than not, it is a realistic image, and more often than not, life doesn’t necessarily mirror the image we had for it. At that moment, we can feel inadequate, we can feel […]

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On your 60th Birthday

I wish you were here today, even for just a little while, so I could say Happy Birthday Baba, and see your face one more time. The only gifts today will be the gifts you left behind; the laughter, joy and happiness, precious memories. Today I’ll do my very best to try and find a […]

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Awkward Situations — Vol 2: On a Plane

So I travel to LA a lot, about every 3 months or so, I always brace for the impact of encountering airline passengers; when people are treated like cattle, they can hardly be blamed for reacting like baboons.  Here, rules of engagement for the most ruthless form of travel. Pre-flight Awkward Situation: Despite the airline calling […]

8 Things I’ve Learned About Cooking Without Gluten, Dairy, and Sugar

3 months ago, if you had asked what my favorite foods were, I would have replied, bread, rice, bread, chocolate, bread … and did I mention bread and chocolate? I pitied my gluten-intolerant friends and rolled my eyes at the trendiness of “everything-free” diets. So of course it happened: I found myself struggling with health problems, […]

That Awkward Moment

In the spirit of social situations (how’s that for alliteration?), let’s address those awkward encounters that we find all too frequently — and what we can do about them. And by “we” I mean that these are true stories of my own, or friends who shall remain nameless.   Over Email Awkward Situation: You receive an […]

New Year’s Day 4 Years ago… Remembering Baba.

When my father passed away on New Year’s Day of 2010, while death had previously impacted my life, losing him was unlike any emotional pain I’d ever experienced. His death literally sucked the oxygen out of my body. It felt hard to breathe. It suddenly felt like a large chunk of who I was; my […]

Happy 4th Birthday Mira

My beautiful sweet blessing, deeply loved and treasured. I adore you…and love you to pieces!!!  Now, as your mama, there are some things I’d like to tell you…My child, my first born, but let me start with knowing the truth of who you are.  Like fine china, my darling daughter, you are made beautiful by […]

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Happy Father’s Day Samer

Dear Samer, I’d like to say thanks. Thanks for being a great husband, dad and all around great foot warmer. I married you nearly 5 years ago for your humor and you BIG heart. The laughter and the good times have been worth it. And I’d do it all over again. Thanks for doing the […]

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A parents’s prayer

I pray that I may let my child live her own life, and not the one I wish I had lived. therefore, guard me against burdening her with doing what I failed to do. help me to see her missteps today in perspective against the long road she must go, and grant me the grace […]

How to find yourself in your busy day

When you become a mother, you gain another part of your soul, but you can also lose a part of yourself as an individual. Because I have unconditional love for my daughter, I often put her before myself, sometimes even before my basic needs. Does this sound familiar to any of you? I often get so busy […]

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