Shade to Share

Posted on June 24, 2020 by Myra Crane

Is there anything more inviting than a spot of shade on a hot summer day? Recently my mind collided with the thought of it while I plodded through a sun-soaked, mid-morning jog. Beads of salty sweat dripped down my forehead, through furrowed eyebrows into my unprotected eyes.  Beyond the sting, I saw a willow’s shade. I ran to it.

Its canopy sheltered me from the sun’s ravenous reach, and its cooled air soothed my burning lungs. I lingered there; I didn’t want to move. Beneath this shade, I felt cared forand safe.  Everything about it was good.  

Some Muslim girls refer to their veils as their shade. My friend Ikraam wears hers very responsibly.

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Free for the Asking

Posted on June 3, 2020 by Myra Crane

Thoughts of language school in Pakistan stir up lots of memories, some delightful and some excruciating. This one is a bit of both.

One particular day our vocabulary teacher introduced us to the word safar. 

“Repeat after me,” she said. “Súh-fr.” We did, and of course, she kindly approved. 

Safar means journey, like when you travel. Often in Urdu words sound like the feeling they provoke.” She chuckled affectionately as she explained herself.  “When you travel in Pakistan you suffer, because the roads are very bad here. Maybe that will help you remember the meaning of safar.” She literally laughed out loud, and we all joined in. Anyone who has traveled at all knows that travel can mean many things to many people.

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Ramadan Prayer Guide for Families: Day 33

Posted on May 25, 2020 by Say Hello

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Ramadan Prayer Guide for Families: Day 32

Posted on May 24, 2020 by Say Hello

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Ramadan Prayer Guide for Families: Day 31

Posted on May 23, 2020 by Say Hello

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Ramadan Prayer Guide for Families: Day 30

Posted on May 22, 2020 by Say Hello

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Ramadan Prayer Guide for Families: Day 29

Posted on May 21, 2020 by Say Hello

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Ramadan Prayer Guide for Families: Day 28

Posted on May 20, 2020 by Say Hello

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Ramadan Prayer Guide for Families: Day 27

Posted on May 19, 2020 by Say Hello

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