The Power of Friendship

Yesterday, my car ambled over highway and paved road, gravel road and backwoods, until I arrived at Iris’ house. Iris. A writer friend I met many years ago and haven’t seen in a while, but with whom I reconnected over email and then in person. Her beautiful house on acreage in bright sun and blue sky, where she devoted a… Read more →

In the book and the movie, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the main character asks his university students, "Is there a Pakistani dream? And if so, what does that look like?"

Who Do You Love?

This is not a simple question. I’m not talking about the person sitting next to you, your life partner, your precious children. Not your parents or your siblings or the best friend who sat by your bedside when you were really sick. That’s not what I mean. I mean, what is your life about? What do you love? Who do… Read more →

Missing Gigi

There she was, beaming her everlasting smile, as we put the finishing touches on the photo montage for Asher’s bar mitzvah next week: Gigi. Grandma Sheila. My lovely grandmother. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the tradition of a montage slide show typically shown at a bar mitzvah party, it’s a compilation of photos and music representing the… Read more →