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Things Muslims can’t do #1

No promises that this will be a series, but I was gobsmacked by this sandwich board this afternoon.

This is wrong on so many levels.

Who needs beer in a chocolate cupcake?
Have they no thought for the impact the Irish troubles have had on so many people?  Victoria is one of the few cities where you can walk around and hear people speaking with heavy fresh off the boat British accents (aka ‘talking properly’)

Not to mention the families whose loved ones are serving overseas right this minute facing the dangers of IEDs.

No one would market suicide bomber shawarma or car bomb curry.


Okay, that’s it, rant over, climbing off the soapbox calmly and peacefully!


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Travel for free

no jet lag, no taking off your shoes, no packing …

Panoramas are a great aid to any homeschooling studies related to travel or history.  Muslim families especially will enjoy these, from the Sahih Bukhari site.

Young Sprout recognizes the Kaaba and is already asking when we can go, so I’m planning to do some downloading.  For the time being I simply downloaded the Cave of Hira (where Angel Jibreel first visited the Prophet SAWS) to make sure it’s working properly.

Technical note:  You have to download the Sahih Bukhari panoramas to view them.

A while back on my other blog, I wrote about panophotographies.   This post contains a link to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  It’s amusing that even in 2009 I was ranting on about people who dress up in red hats and purple dresses to express their individuality just like everyone else!


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Red Hat Rebellion Moment


by Jenny Joseph
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people’s gardens . . .

. . .

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

[caveat:  this is not the whole poem but you can buy posters here

Now I’m in opposite mode, not needing to make up for the sobriety of my youth, and if I had a pension it would go on chocolate not brandy.  And NOT, NEVER going to walk around in a red hat.  But I do feel I’ve reached a point in my life where I’m going to do the important things and express myself, as

Young Sprout came along for the ride, mainly because I was on grandma duty and felt this was too important to miss.  I’ve attended protests off and on since my childhood, although I was about nine on my first one.  Although I thought he wasn’t absorbing very much, at the dinner table he started chanting “Go, go, daffy,” and now recognizes two dictators by their photos.


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Why the Taj Mahal was not the high point of our field trip

Hmm, I dunno, maybe because we didn’t actually go to India?



Or could it be …,. that the model railway, complete with a button to make it run, was a competing attraction?

it couldn’t be the Duplo, or could it?

This was a great outing to the Sidney Museum, which is free, does not have a gift store, and is entirely run by volunteers.  The annual Lego show is on through March.


The Taj Mahal is the biggest Lego kit available with nearly 6,000 pieces and took 35 hours to assemble.  We left with thoughts of making a Kaaba with Mega Blocks (made in Canada!), you would need a base plate and lots of black blocks with a few yellow ones.  I could see that as a good homeschooling project.  (Young Sprout already recognizes the Kaaba) .


The Duplo train was the most fun for youngsters because it was interactive.  We had to promise to go back for more fun.

My personal favourite is good old Albert, because the artist had to put some thought into building a wall with just three colours to convey an image.  I think he did a pretty good job, don’t you?


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Last year I got my life back on track

Last year I got my life back on track.


Nireh has absolutely hit the nail on the head when she talks about the university system restricting students and not encouraging learning.

Vivid memories of about three weeks in a semester being absolutely engaging, then passing, leaving me wanting to pursue the topic, such as traditional African science and medicine, autism, split personality, or how the siblings of disabled children react,  and being dragged back to statistics, work on rats in mazes, et cetera.

Perhaps this is why I’ve never felt the urge to do a masters or Pile it Higher and Deeper, although I’ve pursued lifelong learning and even have some formal certificates to show for it.

We all need a framework of basics, but what we put into that frame should be a personal choice.  I keep handmade beads in a repurposed peanut butter jar, a carpenter keeps nails, a chef keeps icing nozzles.


Thoughts, anyone?



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Real Arabic numbers

Although our Western system of numbers is sometimes called “Arabic numbers” to distinguish from Roman numerals, in the Arabic language the numbers are written like this.  In the picture the numbers from 1 through 6 are on top from right to left (the way Arabic is written) and 7 through 10 are on the bottom.  This is actually a repurposed ice cube tray and will be used for number games.

This idea was adapted from A Muslim Child is Born, whose thoughtful and informative posts have terrific ideas for everyone.


The Arabs brought the numbers from India and introduced the zero symbol, which was a huge advance in thinking, simplifying math and making arithmetic possible for everyone.  With Roman numerals anything more sophisticated than using them for counting or labeling must have been the province of the super smart.  Quick, what’s XX minus VII?  Why XIII of course!  Dr. Jim Al-Khalili explains it all much better than I can in Science & Islam, which you can watch here:

Currently I’m working on matching as pre-counting, particularly five because it’s useful to understand that everyone has the same number of fingers.  So whenever we read Curious George and the Dump Truck, we put a finger on each of the five ducklings.

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