Posts tagged life
Moroccan White Beans + Greens in Tomato Sauce (Loubia ma3 Silk) + The Melancholy of Tangier

“Nothing evokes melancholy like cities do” -Tara Isabella Burton, The Geography of Melancholy, American Reader …And oh, the melancholy of Tangier. I have always loved that word- melancholy. It sounds particularly poetic and romantic to the ear, and yet to feel it is quite another matter. Lately this city has been sucking me into a lazy, slouching form of this feeling

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Forces of Inspiration + The Fear of Narcissism

What with the continuance of my weird week, I wasn’t sure if I would end up publishing anything today. However, with attempted grace and resilience, I am determined to stay consistent. It seems like a lot of my blog posts inadvertently turn out to be self-reminders. Reminders to stay loving, to stay resilient, value female friends, stop fearing fraudulence. If it weren’t for the lovely comments and responses I have been getting lately, there is a real possibility that I would feel like I am talking to myself.

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Scenes from Mars | My Experience as a Body Double

Today I am telling you a story. About that time I went to Mars. It was in the middle of a parched summer day during Ramadan last year that I got a slightly cryptic call from a woman asking if I had ever been a stunt or body double before. If not, is that something I could possibly do?

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When Will They Figure Out I'm a Fraud

Anyone who works in some kind of creative field will probably confirm that there are many cycling stages of how you feel about your work and yourself as a creator. Fierce determination, “aha” moments, days of blank brains and glazed looks, those glorious hours of radiant pride, and that nagging feeling that you should be doing more. These are all emotions that come and go, repeating themselves in no particular order. However, there is one feeling- question, really- about artistic work that rears it’s ugly head once in a while and tends to throw me off balance. When will they figure out I’m a fraud?

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The Annual Transition: Looking Back Through 2016

It’s that time when everyone is doing year-end wrap-ups and I honestly don’t know where to even start. So much has happened this past year that I can barely wrap my mind around it all. Some people I know are calling it one of the worst years to date, and while I definitely had my train wreck moments, it has somehow brought me a contradicting sense of peace and fire-y ferocity within myself.

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Maple-Glazed Chai Biscotti with Candied Ginger

I keep sitting down to write and all that comes out is the randomness and scatteredness of my mind these days. I’m filled with nothing but images, drinking in my family while I am here with them and relishing the snowy crisp Minnesota days. 

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Chocolate Chip Spelt Cookies with Pecans + Orange

A funny thing has happened in the past year and a half. Every time I relay to someone that I am flying back to Minneapolis, I say without hesitation “I am going home for the holidays” and yet when I then say how long my trip is, I conclude with “I am flying home at the end of the month.” I suppose learning to call two places home is part of growing into full adulthood, but there is something curious about it when the two places are so vastly different.

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