My Day with a Death Pimp

Life is funny. You laugh and then you die. Seriously. Life is funny in a magical sense, for we never know who we are going to meet. I recently had the chance to interview Stimp Hawkins, an 82-year-old Buddhist and former hospice chaplain who is on a mission to make people comfortable with death and […]

Ask A Muslim Anything!

Thank goodness for local independent bookstores, especially Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, N.C. Scuppernong is brave and mighty; braver than some of our current politicians who want to close doors (and borders) to all things Muslim. The bookstore is providing space for everyday, average folks to meet everyday, ordinary folks who happen to be Muslim during a […]

Rain, Writing, and Storytelling

A lot has happened over the past few months.  Lots of good stuff! August welcomed the release of Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay (White Cloud Press). I produced a podcast featuring several Muslim contributors to the anthology. What an honor to hear from women about their journey of faith […]

Rain

It had rained for five days. Hard, like a rage spilling into the earth. I had my mountaintop writing residency waiting, the one with scenic hiking trails and early hints of fall foliage. To be honest, the rain made me mad. “Maybe,” my son said, “…maybe the rain is coming to wash your old stories […]