I have decided to approach writing not as a profession, but as a tool.
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.
I’ve been as prolific as I can in the month since I left CAIR. Today I updated my Issuu page and my LinkedIn page so they now have my latest publications, which include my new Muslim Voices Matter column for MuslimMatters and…drum roll…at last some new Straight Path posts. More about that in a separate post. Please check out my newest work on one or both of the sites linked above.
Why the exclamation mark? I don’t know…I’m just happy to write for their website/wire service. I took a trip to Farmersville last week, got totally turned around by GPS (HATE GPS more than I did before) but made it to the Farmersville special town hall meeting. 700.3 miles altogether. I’m glad the trip was memorialized in writing. More writing about Muslim cemeteries to come. Mwah ha ha… How a Muslim cemetery became a battleground for America’s soul
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 […]
Hooray! I have at last returned to The Straight Path, my blog on the Houston Chronicle’s website. On April 24, 2013 I wrote a post titled “Coming out of hiding” in which I wrote: I guess it’s a good time news-wise to talk about being an American Muslim, so I might as well start now. Stay tuned! But I didn’t. […]
My last day at CAIR is July 24. Next week and the week after I’m working 20 hours a week. In other words, day job is winding down and I’m going back to freelancing. I have so much to say about all this, and have to be writing regularly anyway. There’s a week left of Ramadan, so my transition to the new life is a little low-key at the moment but I’ll be out the gate full force after the eid. I thought I’d grace this brief post by paying homage to Dave Matthews.