2012 - Anse's Blogs

A Quest for Bread

The year: 1992 The city: Damascus A Quest for Bread The smell of bread wafts through the crisp morning air just as it has every...
2012 - Anse's Blogs

Allergies

Every February I find myself with itchy eyes, non-stop sneezing, a scratchy throat, tight lungs and a little skin bubbling to boot....
2012 - Anse's Blogs

Faith: An Inestimable Blessing

I was asked to meet a ‘revert’ the other day. In this case I mean an Arab born Muslim who had traveled to Canada, fallen into sin and...
2012 - Anse's Blogs

Ten Million Salutations

Alhamdulillah! We Sent 10,414,223 Salawat! Rabi al-Awwal came and went, and we reached our ten million goal of salawat....
2012 - Anse's Blogs

The Country Road

Ten years ago, I drove along a lengthy country path; on each side of me quaint squat homes surrounded by what looked to my American eyes...
2012 - Anse's Blogs

Packing

One of the most difficult parts of traveling is packing. Once upon a time, international travel meant carrying two huge suitcases per...
2012 - Anse's Blogs

Doctors and “Teachers”

After taking my mother and myself to countless doctor visits, the correlation between doctors and ‘teachers’ becomes palpable. At...
2012 - Anse's Blogs

On the Mawlid: Rejoice!

The Earth held no prophet. Its people were lost in an utter darkness – no prophet, no current message, no light for souls seeking solace....
2012 - Anse's Blogs

Revert or Convert

Labeling tells us who we really are – and we describe ourselves in many ways. I am an American. I am a teacher. I am female. I am a...
2012 - Anse's Blogs

My First Blog

When I was just beginning university, my parents gave me an Apple computer. It was a generous and – oh so modern – gift. Right around...