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Nostalgia

Loneliness sets in. Sometimes it’s the places your soul once knew. Sometimes it’s the people. And sometimes it’s the relationships you once had. Nostalgia is a painful thing. A glimpse, a smell, a particular high-pitched laugh, a whisper, a song, a hymn. Time. A sort of pain that carries over, and envelopes you in waves. […]

This thing called Grief & Learning to Traverse It

As you go through life, and the older you grow, the harder life gets.  There’s all sorts of pain, struggles and scars. Each one meant to move us, test us and mold us in different ways. The struggle is learning to sit with our pain, acknowledging it and allowing it to pass over, eventually. With […]

A Tale of Two Notebooks

Allow me to say, at the risk of sounding pompous, that I have been writing for a very long time . At the risk of sounding, well lame, allow me to also say that I have, now, NOT been writing for a very long time as well. Strangely for no other reason than not having […]

HOW TO CONSOLE A GRIEVING FRIEND?

Perhaps one of the most difficult conversations to have is to console a grieving friend at the time of death of a loved one. Their loss seems irreplaceable and words seem futile. For years i struggled with this and avoided having to call anyone over the passing of their loved ones, until i lost someone […]

How a little girl prompted Abraham Lincoln to grow a beard

Grace Bedell’s Letter: Dear Sir My father has just home from the fair and brought home your picture and Mr. Hamlin’s. I am a little girl only 11 years old, but want you should be President of the United States very much so I hope you wont think me very bold to write to such […]

The Advent of the “Awww” Culture

Scene 1: Bushra uploads new cover photo on Facebook Scene 2: aww Scene 3: awww <3 Scene 4: aww you look so pweeety Scene 5: aww you two look like you`re made for each other Scene 6: aww “THE PERFECT COUPLE” Scene 7: awww “THE PERFECT BRIDE” (plz plz tell me where you got your […]

Once Upon a Time…

Once upon a time in a land far far away, in times much much better than these, a man was walking down the street, whence he came upon some children immersed in play. He was Omar Bin Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him). The children scattered nilly willy when they sighted him, save one […]

The Day I Got Stepped On By a Horse

I have beautiful feet! I honestly do! At least I used to have them, until they got stepped on. My story begins when one fine day, our university decided to take us to the sea. The day was particularly exciting for me as it was the first time I was going to see the sea […]

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