Challenges of interracial marriage
Bridging Cultures

Challenges of interracial marriage

Making an intercultural marriage work takes dedication and strength, but on the plus side, we have a super-strong family bond, a vast capacity for empathy and understanding and the confidence that comes from knowing you’ve forged your own path in the big wide world and you have the cojones to deal with whatever comes your way. No regrets, right? Continue reading

Ungrateful Bitch (Part 3)
Autobiographical Posts / Mental Health

Ungrateful Bitch (Part 3)

I walked into the woman’s house a mess of blonde curls, tears and streaked mascara. I was shaking from panic and bowed by the humiliation of a total stranger seeing me like this; so emotional and exposed. My father followed, already demanding her attention with his diatribe about me, “Can I use your phone to let the police know where we are?”…

“Can I use your phone to let the police know where we are?” Continue reading

Birthday Boy!
Photography

Birthday Boy!

For today’s “You’re Beautiful”, I can’t help but focus on the miracle of life. The fragility and need of a newborn that pulls on the heartstrings like the most adept of puppet-masters, and the wonder of watching a child grow – those sudden jolts of realization when, for an instant, you are acutely aware of just how far they’ve come. Continue reading

A Merry Muslim Christmas
Bridging Cultures

A Merry Muslim Christmas

This year, we had our first Ashraf Christmas dinner – halal turkey with all the trimmings! In England, whenever we were home over Christmas, we would put up our tree and enjoy the sparkly beauty of the tinsel and lights, and the festive, feel-good vibe. Usually though, the Christmas holiday period would be an opportunity to visit my husband’s family in Edinburgh, where there would be no tree, or gifts or Christmas dinner… Continue reading