24 Mar, 2018

march for our lives…

24 Mar, 2018

On our second last day of spring break, Minal made sure that we woke up early to take LA Metro to Union Station. Once at the station, we joined...

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09 Dec, 2017

a tribute to nora…

09 Dec, 2017

Minal’s painting dedicated to Nora Nora, our family’s beloved cat, passed away two days ago. Minal, René and I created a collaborative post in memory of her: We miss...

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my tortoise is trans…

November 2015: Oskar and René’s wedding “My tortoise is trans,” comments Tina. “She’s female actually,” explains Tina’s brother John. “But even though we’ve had the tortoise for more than...

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24 Oct, 2017

me too…

Sehba Sarwar
24 Oct, 2017

Minal creating a nature installation to cover an exposed nail; Karachi 2011 The accepted statistic that “one in three women will suffer sexual abuse” feels antiquated. It has taken...

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03 Apr, 2017

food truck galore…

Sehba Sarwar
03 Apr, 2017

smorgusburg print on a wooden table Today, we meandered into downtown LA to explore Smorgasburg, an initiative that sprung up last summer. Since then, every Sunday, gourmet restaurants park...

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04 Feb, 2017

the big day…

04 Feb, 2017

author Kate DiCamillo with Minal Ever since Minal learns that she won first place in the Scholastic Reader’s Raymie Nightingale contest, she has been waiting for young adult author...

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25 Jan, 2017

two days later…

Sehbar Sarwar
25 Jan, 2017

Woman waiting to catch Metro waves a banner designed by Stephen Fairey for The Amplifier Foundation’s We The People project I wake up to hear the radio spitting stories...

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15 Jan, 2017

a saturday night virtual playdate…

Sehbar Sarwar
15 Jan, 2017

“I’m at 10:21 seconds,” calls out Minal. “I need to catch up—I’m at 10:24 seconds!” Minal’s friend’s voice ricochets from Minal’s video phone that’s propped up in front of...

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07 Dec, 2016

an award for minal…

07 Dec, 2016

At ten thirty this morning, I receive an email from Minal’s English teacher with a subject line: We WON THE GRAND PRIZE!!!!!!!!!!! Over the course of the day, details...

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10 Nov, 2016

hangover after drinking a lot of water and watching television…

10 Nov, 2016

I wake up with a hangover this morning even though last night, I drank only water. But I watched television for a long stretch. In the morning, I drink...

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