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Why didn’t anyone tell me about Kentucky?

A brief debate about boxing with my nephews combine with an urge to education led to a fun fact trip to Louisville, Kentucky. Just a few hours away from Chicago, a day trip to Kentucky is a must! One of the first item on my agenda was to expose and explore the brilliance of Muhammad…

Little Rock Arkansas: Retracing the steps of “The Little Rock Nine”

Nearly 5 years ago, I decided to explore my options, take a risk to travel across the globe to teach abroad in the Middle East.   At that time, the state of education had it’s troubles but I learned to adapt and persevere to become a passionate Special Needs Educator. I took for granted the…

Sweet February featuring “Miss Sharifa”

Since starting my blog over a year ago, I’ve been fortunate to have visited and experience places around the world I’ve only read about in magazines and history books as a child. I also manage to take the time to speak to the local residents, who are quite friendly, to learn more about their culture and experiences.  A great meeting could…

The Arabic Student العربي طا لب

Hello All, or shall I say ” اهلا و سهلا ابا شيريز” Most of my teen years growing up was foster in Humboldt Park, a diverse Hispanic community on the north side of Chicago.  I attended several elementary schools and later graduated from Roberto Clemente Community Academy, a school respectfully renamed after a true pioneer and…

Many Faces, One Nation!

Like many Americans, I look forward to celebrating the 4th of July with my family and friends.  In many cities across the U.S., several events take place to commemorate the day our country declared its independence from Britain, on July 4, 1776.  Some cities host picnics, parades, barbecues, family reunions, carnivals and fairs.  Locals historians host…