“You are here, you are home”

Spring Here I hear it all the time: Healing is not linear. In particular, when it’s not just your individual healing, but that of the collective. Being Palestinian, severed from ancestral land means being a refugee of place and of the heart. Our land is our life, one in the same. Trauma compounds when you’ve …

Gains and Losses

As an ESL teacher, I think a lot about the stages of language acquisition, my immigrant and refugee students and their families, and what we often lose along the way. I remember my mother remarking how relieved she felt when she was able to pull some strings at the education office and placed me in …

New interview!

Happy Spring Y'all! Check out my recent interview for Woman's History Month with Cambridge Common Writers! As a reminder, you can find me on Instagram @nadasamihwrites

Coloratura

 In high school chorus class, a white classmate called me Brillo head. In-between our Doh-Ray-Me warm ups he caused the line of Altos to chuckle as he asserted his preferences over brands of dish soap. The widening eye of adult scorn feel upon the entire Soprano section when our chorus director noticed the smirks. He …

Exhale 2020

My childhood had a clear delineation between before and after: pre-trauma and post ( or continued smaller) traumas. I cant help it but sometimes it takes me by surprise tinged with wonder that my children's lives have not mirrored my experiences and that to me is evolution... These past four years with Trump triggered so …