Welcome Home, Hero. Rest in Peace.

This was not the first military funeral I had attended.  It was the first time I'd been to any funeral that took place 76 years after the deceased had died.  This young man, a kid the same age as my third of five children, has finally made it home to be put to rest with…

Did I Do Too Much for Them?

As mothers, we second guess ourselves and the choices we make all of the time. Since these children don't come with owner's manuals or anything remotely close to that, we sort of "wing it" and combine our gut instincts with the way that we were brought up and what we admired from parental examples we…

Our Summer Vacation to Athens

So, this week has been a major ass-kicker for me...mostly in a good way. Sunday we took advantage of the fact that my son and daughter both quit their summer jobs and that my husband finally replaced the compressor in the van giving us air-conditioning. YAY. So we finally got on the road about 2…

Bad-Assery in the Metro

"Thanks for going shopping with me, Randa." "You're welcome." "Got your seat belt on?" "Yes, ma'am." "Should we take the highway home or the slow way?" "It's drive faster." "Okay. Highway it is. Should we listen to the radio?" "Yes." **Turn on radio and Nickelback is playing.** "Mommy, this sucks." **Change to a rock station…

Re-post: How Do YOU Spell Relief?

Due to my busy schedule of oversleeping and not getting my kidsto school on time and then fighting them to study along with my writing schedule for my new novel, I've kind of blown off my blog.And that's just not cool. SO, I thought I'd re-post some of my "bestof" posts from a previous blog just…

My Love of Irish Actors

I've always had a love for Irish actors. Maybe it's my Irish roots (details of my heritage here.) While the love of my life is the Egyptian man that I married, on screen the likes of Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Neeson, Gabriel Byrne, Patrick Dempsey and Colm Meaney grab my attention. I love the coarse…

My Heritage

When one crosses an Alabama-born, Army-brat girl of Irish Catholic redneck-lineage with an Egyptian Muslim raised in Greece, what does one get?My family.And now that I've converted to Islam, I think some people think I'm going through an identity crisis. I've been accused of turning my back on my heritage by several people. Mostly, they're…

Reconnecting

Growing up an Army brat, I attended 15 schools in 12 years.Filling out a security questionnaire for me was challenging andprobably a nightmare for the guy who had to do the back-ground investigation on me. I wonder if he got overtime. Hedamn sure deserved it.We moved in the summer. We moved in the winter. We…

Goodbye, Friend!

My sister informed me a few nights ago that a friend of mine from high school passed awayquite recently. I'd known that he was ill and had been diagnosed with the same type of melanoma as my mother some 26 years ago. I guess because my mom made it, I'd had hope forDevon. God had…