Wishes for a Wonderful 2016

May the new year
Bring these wishes to all of you:
Warmth of love, comfort of home
Joy for your children,
Company and support of family and friends
A caring heart that accepts
and treats all human beings equally
Enrichment of knowledge and
Richness of diversity
Courage to seek and speak the truth
Even if it means standing alone
Hopes and dreams of a just world and
The desire to make it happen
A light to guide your path
Helping hands to strengthen unity
Serenity and peace within your mind.

 

Thank you to all my followers for their support!

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Would I dare wear a Hijab to work?

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That is the question that I asked myself the other day, as I was doing my nursing rounds at a large hospital in mid-America. When the news came on showing the shooting in California, even before the news identified the perpetrators, the majority of my patients were quick to say that it had to be “those Muslims” again. I wanted to scream out and tell them that the real Islam condones violence, and that these “radicalized Muslims” do not in any way reflect a religion which promotes peace and understanding. UGH. I was wondering what would happen if I showed up at work one day wearing the traditional Muslim head covering for women. Would I be treated with hostility? It is quite possible. The majority of my patient population and a lot of the people I work with have expressed distrust of Muslims, a great deal of misunderstanding about the religion, and some have expressed outright hatred. In this land of acceptance of many religions, I hope that people would take the time to read the Quran (the Muslim holy book), and learn what Islam is really about. A majority of what people view as Islamic is actually part of a group of people’s culture/background, not the base of the religion itself.

Heart of the Rainforest

The rainforest is so magical, thank you for sharing.

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“If I hear the word ‘activity’ one more time, I think I’m going to cry,” Kees said, speaking my mind perfectly.

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Having risen that morning at 4a.m. for the first activity, we arrived back at the lodge at 10 am, given just a couple hours free time before lunch followed by our next activity, a three hour trek through the bushes, then an hour night walk activity after our 7pm dinner.

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It was nice always having the trails completely to ourselves, the three of us slipping in the mud past monkey laden bushes and 500 year old Ironwood trees that reach way up into the sky. Vines wrapped like shackles around their branches keeping them from reaching the stars.

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Brazil nut trees are famously known for growing up to almost 40 metres (120ft), towering far above the rainforest canopies, dwarfing the rest of the trees. I was never a…

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Emerald Rice: Zamarod Palow

This looks delicious!

My Kabul Kitchen

Zamarod Palow is one of many Afghan rice dishes, all of which are cooked in a meat or vegetable broth. It literally means “Emerald Rice” reflecting its beautiful green color, but since Afghans have two rice dishes that have a green color (the other is flavored with Dill) this is easier for me to remember as “Spinach Rice.” Basically it is a Palow made with a blended spinach and lamb broth which is mixed into the rice. And no, this is not a tricky way of making kids eat their greens, in fact Zamarod Palow is a special Afghan rice dish usually made for occasions such as weddings and holidays. The earthy flavors of the spinach paired with the rich succulent lamb all topped with tart dried barberries make for a splendid Palow perfect for any holiday spread.

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Zamarod (Emerald) Palow

-4 cups rice (Soaked three hours in advance)

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How many #Books do you read in a Week? #amreading

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Lets see…I have three or four books going at a time. Some are reference/National Geographic type of books, a couple are novels, and right now I am also reading an autobiography. Most of the books I pick up can be read in short sessions. I love, just love anything related to travel!

The Hug Club Movement: Life Without Fear

During my daily rounds as a nurse at the hospital, I frequently give my patients hugs!  I know during nursing school, I was told that we should not get attached to our patients, but I can still care for them/about them, give them a hug if they need it, hold their hand, while maintaining a kind of mental separation after I leave for the day. As nurses we have to in order to stay sane!

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