Turning pain into beauty

Shortly after I published my novel, An Incomplete Love Story, I remember asking if I finally had permission to post romantic, or mushy stuff. The responses were entertaining and generally positive.The most common question I get is whether it is based on true life, or is it fiction. Suffice to say it's a dumbed down [...]

That empty bench…

The saddest scene for me has always been the abandoned park bench.It echoes with profound intensity the pervasive isolation that too many experience, but too few reveal.There is a shame that is carried upon the broken wings of abandonment that anchors us in that space between wanting to create beauty in this world, while believing [...]

This is going to hurt

Another excerpt from a manuscript slowly taking shape in my head. From the sequel to my novel, this is Taqdeer: A dance with destiny.In this scene, the main character, Zayd, once more finds himself faced with the betrayal of one close to him, but it's not enough to deter him from remaining defiant against the [...]

To tell your story

Sometimes, we grow obsessed with finding a receptive heart to appreciate the story of who we are.It's a story that we cherish so dearly that just the thought of placing it in careless hands is frightening.It becomes a weight that we carry within us, keeping us anchored to moments long gone, but moments that we [...]

Rocks don’t bleed

Sometimes your tears are a mourning of what was, and at other times it's a yearning for what could have been.More than this, it's a path to the gentleness of your soul that is oppressed by the trials of life.When your heart stops yearning for what was, or what you wish could be different, your [...]

Tainting a beautiful soul

Betrayal of trust always cuts deeper than any other wound that we endure in life.A trust of the heart is an offering of the most sacred parts of who we are to those whom we believe will add to its beauty, and its peace.When it is held sacred by the ones with whom we share [...]