28 Sep, 2016

minal closes out her twelfth year…

28 Sep, 2016

Last Wednesday, Minal turned twelve. I surprised her at her all-girls after-school choir practice with a chocolate cake and candles. Her choir group sang happy birthday, and her teacher...

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18 Aug, 2016

unpacking boxes…

18 Aug, 2016

We have to pay the city of Pasadena to obtain a parking permit, so the company that moved our belongings from Houston Pasadena can deposit our pods on our...

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15 Aug, 2016

the first day of school…

Sehba Sarwar
15 Aug, 2016

By sheer coincidence, we find a public school in Pasadena that offers similar programs to those in Minal’s Houston school – her new school is International Baccalaureate and also...

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two random conversations…

The flight that Minal and I take from LAX to Houston Hobby is delayed and lands at two in the morning. After collecting our baggage, we walk out into...

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11 Mar, 2016

ammunition stores and minal’s project…

Sehba Sarwar
11 Mar, 2016

An ammunition store in Houston’s Oak Forest neighborhood Since I’ve been back in Houston, Minal and three of her classmates have been working on an International Baccalaureate (IB) project...

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29 Dec, 2015

braving the lines…

Sehba Sarwar
29 Dec, 2015

On our second day in Los Angeles, René, Minal and I wake up early, so we can get to Disneyland before a crowd builds up. However, the battle to...

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31 Mar, 2013

natural art…

Sehba Sarwar
31 Mar, 2013

Minal explores leaves, sawdust and tree bark in our patio and serves up some vegetarian meals that substitute as art installations.

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09 Mar, 2013

another minal-ism…

09 Mar, 2013

Driving together is when I hear Minal’s wisdom. Perhaps this is when she slows down and has time to respond to the world around her. Today she says: Ammi,...

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