Happy Chrismukkah!

Actually I never heard the term Chrismukkah until today, when I searched for a good hashtag for Tweeting my latest Gray Matters article, Christmas for non-Christians.  It’s interesting that I have used my feelings about family Christmases in so many genres with such different approaches.  I will probably never publish the essay from my MFA thesis, in which I express […]

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Comments are zero

It took me a while to get back to The Straight Path, my blog on the Houston Chronicle’s site, but I have recently written some posts, most recently this one.  It is so different now because access is so indirect and commenters are required to sign up for a chron.com account.  I posted that piece yesterday and still have gotten no comments.  Basically it’s a good platform for me to post short articles.  Way back when the site facilitated comments – comments which I controlled – it was a great way for having dialogue about issues related to Islam and Muslims.  No more. Anyway, please read my commentary on the San Bernardino tragedy.

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Crickets

I have gotten ZERO feedback on my most recent Straight Path post. That’s a first. In fact, after I posted it I was away from my computer for a few hours and was dreading reading what kind of comments I might battle when I got back online. There was nothing. There is no response on Twitter, either, even when I […]

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Back on The Straight Path

Finally returned to my Houston Chronicle blog. I’ve said I was returning at least twice before, but this time I know I will stay with it. It will be part of my writing life, as I say in the post. Everything I write will be a different part of the mosaic of my new life. Friday is my last day at CAIR and I feel the new phase starting already.

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By George I think…

…I’m getting it.  Over the last 36 hours or so I’ve had a sea change in my understanding of narrative writing and simultaneously in my attitude towards the special-interest magazine writing I’ve been doing.  This semester I was nervous about having time to work and also study – although of course I was also getting nervous about paying my bills, […]

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