People and Blogs

Have a real conversation with Dad.  Give him Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy for Father’s Day  

My father before kids

Ever wonder what your father was thinking?

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Watercolor

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

 

Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Alexandria Library)  

Watercolor on Paper

Original photo taken by Amr Nabil (Associated Press)

Photo source (here)

 

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

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Story and Chai

My latest blog post in Story and chai is about the top three lessons I’ve learned as a new author and parent.

  1. Accidents are bound to happen.
  2. Let your kids fail.
  3. Messy rooms are sometimes better than clean ones.

Read the full post here.

Story and chai is a creative space for readers and writers of culturally diverse literature, with a primary focus on Muslim writers and narratives. We’ll feature book reviews and discussions, author interviews, guest posts, and advice on writing and publishing. Our intention is to promote authors and books, as well as to encourage new writers.

You can find out more about story and chai creator Jennifer Zobair here, more about contributor Aisha Saeed here, and more about contributor Mohammed Shamma here. You can also read a welcome post from Jennifer here.

If you are an author who would like to be interviewed on story and chai, or if you’d like to recommend a book for us to feature, please email Jennifer at jazobair@storyandchai.com. If you’re interested in writing a guest post on Muslim or multicultural narratives, or any aspect of the writing and/or publishing process (or even a really good piece on tea!) we’d love to hear from you as well.

The Mantras of Parent-Author-Hood

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Architecture and Urban Planning, Urban Sketching

Just a quick lunch time sketch in front of the Valley Life Sciences Building (read more about the history of the building here).  It’s a little slow on campus right now due to it being finals week.  I chose this spot because of the shade more than anything else, but I was able to catch a few students coming and going from where I sat.

UC Berkeley Valley Life Sciences Building

 

Photo and Sketch

Lunch time sketch – Valley Life Sciences Building

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Architecture and Urban Planning, Culture and Religion, Urban Sketching

So my local SF Bay Area Urban Sketchers group met up at the Cathedral of Christ the Light (Lake Merritt – Oakland, CA) on May 1st.  I’m not a practicing Muslim, but I couldn’t help but think, “this should be interesting.”  Let’s face it when you’re looking for stunning works of religious architecture in the US, it’s not going to be a mosque.  But who knows what’s in store for future generations?  Perhaps our children or their children will be sketching in spaces where architecture and spirituality come together in ways that are beyond our imagination.  All that aside, I have to say that I found myself in peaceful bliss as I sketched the body of Jesus as I sat in the pews of the Cathedral of Christ the Light.  The moment made me pause and wonder why my mother left Christianity and chose Islam when I was a child.  In the midst of my feelings of bliss and spiritual thoughts, I found myself awkwardly looking up at the image of Christ.  I realized I was sitting in a spot that none of the other sketchers chose.  Perhaps because the perspective felt awkward, a little like an IMAX film.  But I didn’t want to move.  I wanted to try and make it work.  I remembered that I saw a couple of other sketchers turn their sketchbooks at a 45 degree angle so that they could capture the as much of the horizontal and vertical views as possible.  Here’s my attempt.

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Mohammed sketching Jesus

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Story and Chai

[An excerpt and sketch from my latest post at story and chai]

Before I dive into that title, I’d like to give you a little taste, a little peek into my first experience with the big “O.”  I first discovered that word when I was twenty.  I was a junior in college, starting my fifth and final major… (read more at story and chai)

The Sheik

Story and chai is a creative space for readers and writers of culturally diverse literature, with a primary focus on Muslim writers and narratives. We’ll feature book reviews and discussions, author interviews, guest posts, and advice on writing and publishing. Our intention is to promote authors and books, as well as to encourage new writers.

You can find out more about story and chai creator Jennifer Zobair here, more about contributor Aisha Saeed here, and more about contributor Mohammed Shamma here. You can also read a welcome post from Jennifer here.

If you are an author who would like to be interviewed on story and chai, or if you’d like to recommend a book for us to feature, please email Jennifer at jazobair@storyandchai.com. If you’re interested in writing a guest post on Muslim or multicultural narratives, or any aspect of the writing and/or publishing process (or even a really good piece on tea!) we’d love to hear from you as well.

 

Close the Tent and Dim the Lights

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People and Blogs

Here’s a copy of the post I wrote for RadBrownDads (Tumblr).  Thanks Ahmed Ali Akbar!

Spiderman and Grizzly

My dad was a proud hard-working man. Back in the seventies, he worked as a food chemist for a very large beverage corporation. He took great pride in his work and often encouraged his team to refrain from using artificial preservatives in their products. His claim to fame was a lemon juice (Read more)

Spiderman and Grizzly on RadBrownDads (via Tumblr)

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Urban Sketching

April 11, 2014 – UC Berkeley.  Here is another lunch time sketch from the Cal campus.  The Campanile (Sather Tower) is synonymous with UC Berkeley and it’s effort to constantly push the envelope and strive for excellence in academia.  If you’re in the area tomorrow (April 12th), come and visit the campus on Cal Day and get a free view from the top of the tower.

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The Campanile is free on Cal Day 2014

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Urban Sketching

Sometimes the best urban sketch is right in your own backyard, or neighborhood park.  For me, this is Terrace Park, now known as Jewel’s Terrace Park in honor of Jewel Okawachi, a dedicated mother, board member and leader in the Albany community.

These homes sit on the eastern edge of the park.  On any given sunny afternoon, one can enjoy the color, textures and shadows of their exteriors along the fence.  As my son rode his bike round and around the park path, and played with kids who came in an out of the frame, I felt at ease, as if I was in my own back yard.

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The Homes of Jewel’s Terrace Park – Albany, CA

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Uncategorized

I was in the best of both worlds this evening, sketching while surrounded by books.  I got to hang out and sketch with SF Bay Area Urban Sketchers who met at Diesel, A Bookstore.  They’re a great group of artists that meet once a month and draw on location in honor of the Urban Sketchers manifesto.  Check out their Facebook group or, if you’re not in the SF Bay Area, find one near you and save the next urban sketching meet-up in your calendar.

 

Diesel, A Bookstore

April Sketch Evening at Diesel, A Bookstore

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