Heaven Points

Funny story! I love the innocence of children!

Love, InshAllah

Zahra Noorbakhsh Zahra Noorbakhsh

In 1990, President De Klerk released Nelson Mandela from prison, the East German police dismantled the Berlin Wall, and, in a 10’ x 10’ makeshift classroom at the Ibn Sina Islamic Farsi immersion school in Sacramento, Khanoom Bahari, the religion teacher, liberated my soul from the threat of eternal hellfire with a cheat code for savab, or heaven points.

Khanoom Bahari had a ballerina’s posture and wore a permanent welcome-smile. She glided into the classroom to our metal fold out table, opened up our religion textbook, and, with her gentle voice, read aloud from the text describing charred skin, the screams of guilty souls, and the eternal damnation of hellfire.

As she ran down the list of sins, I searched my memory:

Lying – I lied to Dad almost every day, telling him that I’d done my prayers when really I’d been lying on my bed daydreaming.


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Common Chronic Illness Misconceptions.

As a sufferer with multiple abdominal and cardiac issues, I can relate! Fortunately, I am still able to work full time, but fighting my illnesses drain me and I am exhausted on my time off.

Indisposed and Undiagnosed

#1 Only the old get sick:
Illness does not discriminate.
We are fair game.

#2 Looks reflect feelings:
If you bumped into me in the street, you would not think that I was suffering.
I may appear to be okay, maybe a little tired, but on the inside my muscles are aching, my head is spinning, my stomach is churning.
What needs to be known is that I can leave my house looking decent, but feeling absolutely terrible.

#3 Stress reduction techniques cure illness (ie exercise, meditation, yoga):
When people hear that you are unwell, they assume that the things that usually provide average people with a better wellbeing, will help you. This includes Exercise, Meditation, Diet Change, Juice Cleanse & Detox, Yoga etc.
This is incorrect. I encourage the Chronically Ill to try these, as they may provide a temporary relief for symptoms, but they are not a cure!

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5 Secrets to Achieving and Maintaining Work-Life Balance

Great thoughts on maintaining balance. When I am done with work I try to shut off work and tune into my family.

Dream Big, Dream Often

IMG_7129Today’s topic has dealt with the importance of maintaining your personal relationships and being aware of life balance.  These 5 tips will give you an idea of the mindset you should have to develop a solid balance in your relationships!

We work, take care of kids, run errands, etc, and often times our love life takes the back seat.  Be very careful because one day you might wake up all alone.


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A quick stop in Wagoner (Oklahoma), horseback riding and a beautiful lake!


Fort Gibson Lake, Oklahoma

I love to travel to local towns around Tulsa, and just see what I can find of interest. The small towns in Oklahoma do have a unique charm. Last weekend we stopped in Wagoner, Oklahoma on our way to Sequoyah Riding Stables inside Sequoyah State Park. This was the fifth time I have been on a horse, and it was my daughter’s first. The ride was peaceful and we spotted several wild deer on the trail. In regard to the horses, my daughter stated, “Well, there were several things that were different from the horses in my video game, Star Stable.” (I am wondering, maybe she is thinking about how they walked or how tall they were). She tells me, “In real life they poop a lot, and pee a lot, plus they smell pretty bad!” During our ride, the guide encouraged us to shout, “Potty Break”, whenever our horse stopped to “use the bathroom”, which was frequently. I enjoyed the quiet time on horseback and I hope we get to go again soon.

The state park was an added surprise, with a huge, beautiful blue sparkling lake! Oklahoma is landlocked, and most people here have never seen the ocean, and the lakes are a huge attraction. The lake was quiet the day we were there, with only a few boats on the water. At the far end of the state park, there was a lodge which looked like something out of the 1950’s, but with a new playground for the kids. The views from the end of the trail were spectacular (for Oklahoma), and I took a few pics while there. The park also has a small nature center, which we visited, and multiple trails.

The town mascot for Wagoner is the bulldog, as evidenced by the bulldog statue in the small park we stopped at, and the multiple signs proclaiming the “Wagoner Bulldogs” around town. I also photographed a few murals depicting images of the old town. There were quite a few renovated buildings in the town center, as well as a lot of older buildings from the early 1900’s that looked like they were ready for demolition.

Fortunately, there was the ever popular Sonic, and we were able to get supper before heading home.


The old style lodge.


“Jack” the horse


“Copper” the horse


Some old saddles by the riding stables office.


Just a monument stating where we were!


Inside the nature center. The area pictured was a recreation of a traders outpost, which was located where the nature center is today.


A sitting area near the welcome center.


I really don’t look like I am ready to ride horseback. Where are my jeans and cowboy boots??


Beautiful Fort Gibson Lake.


Town mural in Wagoner. 


Another mural. 


This adorable guy is the Wagoner town mascot.