Thursday, February 28, 2013


I've been praying a lot for my Grandfather as he is sick.  He has been with me since I was a baby.  Sadly, I never got to meet my paternal grandfather, so my maternal grandfather is all I have.  I am blessed to have him and both grandmothers (paternal and maternal). 

My grandpa is the one who taught me my ABCs, numbers, my native tongue Dari and so much more about life.  He is the one who would encourage me to dream, have ambitions and told me I can be anything I want to be. He was and maybe still is my biggest fan.  Unconditional love, patience and guidance are some words I would use to describe what he has given me. 

I came across the quotes below and they describe thoughts and feelings I have when I reflect on our relationship. 

“My grandfather was a wonderful role model. Through him I got to know the gentle side of men.” Sarah Long

"Some of the world's best educators are grandparents.” Charles W. Shedd

“A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart." Author Unknown

 "Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” Alex Haley

"What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies.” Rudolph Giuliani

Monday, February 25, 2013

Even when he's sleeping, my lil bro's gotta look cool...

Even better when he wakes up and wants to make breakfast.  He made this for us yesterday morning;  scrambled eggs on top of a garlic & herb cheese spread on mini wheat toast...yummy in my tummy

Tea time always invokes thoughts, ideas and inspiration for moi

(Sigh)  Never fails...well it does..often.  I should start a gallery just for the misspellings of my name! Marmay?  I wonder if I look like a Marmay...whatever that is...

Coco Chanel

Came across this quote while flipping through one of my fave books, "The Gospel According to Coco Chanel".

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hi, my name is...

Well, it's been an interesting Tuesday.  Feels like a Monday.  Been up since 4:30? I can deal with that.  Spelled my name twice for the Barista and still no luck?  Bleh.  Maryam--how does that turn into Mario/Mary Ann/Maria and now Marayem?  Bleh  Gonna be a long one, I can feel it. :-p

Aaaand this happened to be for lunch.  Spelled my name out to the guy taking my order, and this is what Maryam turned into:

(Sigh)  I hope to be Maryam by tomorrow...Just sayin'
The Almighty always finds a way to remind us
that no matter how much we may distance ourselves from Him,
He is always closer,
enveloping us in His mercy and grace,
subhanAllah--even when we don't think we deserve it...

I am thankful for this moment.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Afghan Youth Orchestra from the Afghan National Institute of Music at the Kennedy Center in DC

Here are 2 videos I uploaded from my phone from the performance I blogged about previously.

The first video is of the Orchestra warming up, the second is of an encore performance they did after the show was over--nobody wanted to leave! 


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Afghanistan - beautiful video

This is an amazing video I just came across.  The music is great, the picture compilation is beautiful and there's so much more I can't put into words.  God willing one day the war will cease and those whom long to visit Afghanistan will get to do so.  I hope one day before I die I get to visit the land where my roots are deeply embedded. 

Our culture is rich with music, poetry, spirituality, education, strength and love--this video is refreshing and helps bring to light some of the beautiful aspects of our beloved country and its people, rather than the crap the media spews most of the time.  I won't get into that any further or else it will turn into a page-long blog post, lol.

I hope you enjoy this video as much as I do. :)

Monday, February 11, 2013

I said, "For you, I would peel open the clouds like new fruit
And give you lightning and thunder as a dowry
I would make the sky shed all of it's stars like rain
And I would clasp the constellations across your waist
And I would make the heavens your cape
And they would be pleased to cover you
They would be pleased to cover you
May I please, cover you, please"

-Mos Def (song Love Rain) that's love and a great husband :)

The performance by the Afghan Youth Orchestra at the Kennedy Center was remarkable.  I have so much I want to write about that experience, but it's one of those things that you need a good cup of tea with, silence and time to put so many emotions and thoughts into words.

Will blog soon about it!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Afghan National Insitute of Music at the Kennedy Center, 2/7/13

Please attend to support this amazing event.  A group of young Afghan children whom are the most disadvantaged are given an opportunity to achieve their dreams by being a part of such a great group.  We will be honored to watch them perform for us, it is featuring the Afghan Youth Orchestra (AYO)--and this event is free.  They deserve so much support and donations to keep this Institute going, I even wish the tickets weren't free, we pay for concerts all the time, this shouldn't be an exception. 

Kennedy Center - Afghan National Institute of Music