Sunday, July 14, 2013

Another Day at the Orioles

It's no surprise by now, if you read our blog regularly that we love baseball. Humble Dad's favorite team are the Toronto Blue Jays. Some view it as sign that he is Anti-American, which is hard to believe as he was born and raised in the US and has never been outside of North America. (I hope this changes soon, we want to visit other continents and possibly live there for a stretch.) Last time I heard Canada is a North American country and therefore Canada, as well as Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, etc is every bit American as far as baseball is concern. Especially when many of the players in the MLB come from outside of the USA. So when fans in places like Minnesota start chanting "USA" it shows how jingoistic we have become, we are better than that, we must teach our children to think.

This Orioles versus Blue Jays game had no question of loyalty, it was just pure fun with Humble Dad's family.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Ramadan 2013~ a change for the better

It is only the 2nd day of Ramadan and it has already started out great. The days are long, the fast is hard, it's really hot and humid here in Maryland, but I feel wonderful. Yes physically I am suffering, but my spirit is great and isn't that what Ramadan is all about. Actually, Ramadan hasn't always uplifted my spiritual being like it should, in fact I had alot of stubborness and attitude when it came to Ramadan and Islam in general. I made a choice to become Muslim, but I wanted my Islam to fit all my preconceived notions about how things should go. I wanted to fast with water, because I thought it was backwards to fast without water, we need to be hydrated right? I wanted Ramadan on my terms: so what if I ate something 10 minutes after Suhur ended, I was fasting all the rest of the 9 hours and 26 minutes. I wanted to pick and choose what part of Islam I wanted to follow and I sure did not want to follow it as it was prescribed in the Quran and Hadith. I didn't care that people had been doing the same thing with excellent results for hundreds of years, I was ignorant, I was brain washed, and I was spoiled.

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