A Calm Storm

The blog of Sholeh Samadani Munion

Author: sholeh

Being Mortal

Through some source I can no longer remember, I added “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande to my Goodreads list, and snagged it from the library right after they purchased it. I’ve been telling a lot of people about it and…

How grievous it is…

“God’s greatest gift to man is that of intellect, or understanding… …How grievous it is to see how man has used his God-given gift to frame instruments of war, for breaking the Commandment of God “Thou shalt not kill,” and…

Gluten free Persian kotlet

Last night I looked in my fridge to see what I could make with the ingredients I had. I whipped up some mashed potatoes and carrots, then realized I had some ground turkey meat defrosted in the fridge. So, using…

Our turn around the sun

Somehow we are compelled to share, express…it makes us human. I am not sure how I can find words for this last year. I am sitting on a plane, arriving back home just in time for my one year wedding…

Priorities

It has just been a lot recently. A lot of things, a never-ending stream of scheduling and travel and mostly fun things and a few not-so-fun things, and it was getting to the point that I was resenting my calendar….

I passed my CMP Exam!

Last Wednesday was a bit nerve-wracking for me. I took my CMP (Certified Meeting Planner) exam and found out right away that I passed! Within a few hours, something that I had been trying to do for years was over. I…

Remember

We saw a red-winged blackbird attacking a hawk, protecting its territory. It seemed to be winning. We played golf with pine cones and sticks, and stood on a stage with no audience but our own words and thoughts. We are…

First Bulls game

As a kid, I watched Bulls games with my family, mostly because Michael Jordan was playing and the Bulls were the hottest team out there. We are not a sports-watching family (thank God) so that was the extent of it….

Happy Naw-Ruz!

This is our first Naw-Ruz (Baha’i New Year) together as a married couple. Around this time last year we were talking to our families about getting married, so it is doubly wonderful to celebrate it with friends, family, and the…

Lemon butter vegetable pasta

On Friday night we had one of those moments where we had no interest in going to the grocery store after work, so we considered the options in the fridge and decided to make do with what we had. I…

do not dwell

do not dwell on this darkness this depth of winter in the heart there is such wonder on the other side of it do not hold on with shaking hands and screaming heart there is no redemption there. the chilling…

What a week

There have been happenings. It has been a little chaotic, a little overwhelming, and a little hilarious. A week ago we were parked outside on the street in Chicago and a U-Haul cargo van backed into the front right side…

halfway

there is a perfect moment of silent bliss when my head falls to your shoulder and the train shudders on the track and the world stands still for us or when you surprise me with the tiniest thing tell me…

My view from work

When I started my new job last fall, I was assigned to a (very nice, shiny new) cubicle on the southeast corner of my building, right next to the Chicago river and facing Lake Michigan. I know, really lucky. Somehow…

2013

This was a chaotic year. A very good one, but I feel like I haven’t really stopped moving. In January 2013, Shea and I took our first trip together, driving to Minnesota to visit family and friends in sub-zero temperatures….

Snowfall Saturday

Woke up to snow falling softly and it has continued all day. We have all the blinds open, watching the silence deepen and people slide by, bundled to their eyes. We made crepes and bacon and coffee and juice, we…

First Thanksgiving together

I love Thanksgiving. Everything about it. This year we got to have 2 Thanksgivings, on different days, and it was great. I can’t even look at ham or turkey anymore, though. I had my sister-in-law’s help with the first round,…

Music nostalgia

Had some serious high school music nostalgia hit me when a Bush song came on the radio tonight. I didn’t have access to a lot of stuff other than what was on the radio (and no truly cool friends to…

Halloween 2013

I was a “breadwinner” and Shea was “Shea butter” and together…we are bread and butter. Yes, I made the costumes. Only took a few hours. And you expected something different from us? 😉 Happy Halloween!

Don’t look too closely

Don’t look too closely at the mirror Shy away from the picking and the choosing The farewell sighs of youth We cry and wail at the slightest things We look so closely and then we fall Don’t look so closely…

Falling

The whirlwind hasn’t stopped. My brain is trying to rapidly absorb all of the information I need to learn at my new job. Coming in at a higher level means learning all the things very fast. When you add in…

Not merely talking about the weather

As I continue working with young women within our Ruhi Book 2 study circle, I am reminded of this quotation that encourages women to elevate their level of conversation. How do we do this among ourselves? “Confirmations from the kingdom…

Summer

Dear Blog, I haven’t written since July, which is very unlike me. Then again, this summer was pretty unprecedented with travel for the 114 Baha’i Youth Conferences and getting married in the middle of it all.  A few weeks ago I…

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