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My flight neighbor, who happened to be Jewish.

Every time I walk through the aisle of an airplane I feel nervous, not sure exactly why, but as soon as I find my seat I smile and exhale, as though I've found my little home, a safe place to call my own. Last week was not any different on my flight to New York. I walked slowly through the seemingly never ending aisle. When I approached my seat I couldn't help notice that it was between the window and a male, a Jewish male. Not that it really matters but for personal comfort which stems from religious beliefs I prefer not to be crammed between a man and a window.  I tucked my carry-on in the overhead and got...

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Palestinian Refugee Camp

This blog should've been written about a month ago. Before I left Edmonton, my friend had got me in contact with her cousin who worked at the refugee camp at the Jordan. We had been in Jordan enjoying our time for about six days and on the seventh day we had a chance to volunteer at one of the Palestinian refugee camps.  For some reason I had imagined that the refugee camps would be rows on rows of tents. Although there weren't any tents in this particular camp there were a bunch of small, shanty, broken down homes. We arrived at the camp and went to this building that was equivalent to our Big Brothers and Big Sisters program. My...

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Second Chances

This is the most personal blog post I will write. Ever since 2015 has started it has been an odd year. Local and international news seemed to continuously escalate on such a hateful level. I just remember talking to co workers and friends about how odd 2015 has been. It hasn't been horrible nor has it been great.  September 17, my 2015 would take a dramatic turn. My step brother passed away and our lives completely changed. A young man who was so loving and had so much to offer the world was gone. It doesn't matter how many movies you watch or how many stories people tell you about their experiences with losing a loved one, nothing will prepare...

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CULTURE SHOCK

As the world mourns the senseless deaths that have taken place around the world, I thought I would brighten everyone's mood up a little bit. As an Arab kid growing up, I went to an elementary, which was predominately Caucasian kids. There was about 6 Arab kids in the whole school.  All my friends were Caucasian, which was totally cool. I adapted to making friendship bracelets and reading Judy Blume books. I started realizing a bit of a difference when I would go to their homes. I laugh at it now but I was always so confused as to what was going on and why? I had this one friend in elementary lets call her "Donna," her and her family acted...

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The Time That I Lost Half My Costume.

November 1, 2015 I am going to tell you the story about my last Halloween ever. I put the hijab on in grade 4 and back then there wasn't much that you could do as a hijabi on Halloween, in other words I wasn't using my creative juices. The only thing that worked for me was being a gypsy. Cool right?  WRONG. I looked like those pictures that the Canadian Arab kids took when they went back home for vacation. There were black dots all over my face, heavy eye liner, and some really bad pink/red Anna Nicole Smith lipstick. My outfit consisted of my hijab put to the side (I know badass, but we all need to break the...

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