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The journey north

Reading life closely

In a blur of roadside poppies and mountain sequoias, a tablecloth of California landscape is pulled from underneath my feet, leaving me intact, if a bit wobbly, in Oregon
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Dress to oppress

How to Muslim for dummies

There are two lollipops on the ground: one neatly wrapped and one opened and covered with ants crawling all over it.
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Do it anyway

Heading West

I’m still unlearning the mindset that mental illness is a result of personal failure, a concept Carrie spent her life debunking.
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Say yes to the (head)dress

How to Muslim for Dummies

The topic of dating and romance is uncharted territory for a lot of Muslim families, especially for many of us who have immigrant parents.
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A minor character

Reading Life Closely

Under her guidance, the garden comes to life, speaking a new, silent language of smell and touch.
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The stars at night are big and bright

Heading West

For my 16th birthday, I asked my parents to drive me out to the middle of nowhere. We left the Houston area, passed the Buc-ee’s (side note, California, y’all should invest in a Buc-ee’s establishment; you’re sorely lacking), left Huntsville behind, turned off the highway and then turned off that
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Isabel is … Hosting a Pool Party

Exploring the Bay

Nothing signals the arrival of a long Californian summer like a pool party. At the first opportunity barbecues sizzle, sunscreen is slathered onto resisting children and beers are chilled for the grown-ups. No parties are more meticulously planned than those on the Fourth of July. For my family, the day
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Derivative

Reading Life Closely

My “alternative” teenage eyes roll so hard they almost cut a sunroof into the car. For many former edgy high schoolers, this likely brings back memories.
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