Saturday, March 08, 2008


This is our new home in Scranton PA. Lot's of people have asked us, why Scranton? The truth is that it was total serendipity. I was surfing the real estate parts of the web and saw this house. We went to see it and decided this was the house for us. Now, it turns out that it is perfect in many ways. Last night my daughter was commenting about how nice everyone is here and what a contrast it is to NYC. She was raised in NYC and has little experience with small town America. Now she is noticing just how closed New Yorkers are. Of course it is understandable to be wary when you live amidst 17 million other people but she had never really noticed it because she was in it.

When you live in New York City, you take rudeness for granted. Well not rudeness exactly, it is more like being constantly on guard. Since you never know just where the next assault is going to come from you are constantly tense. So it is a bit of a shock to find that people here do not have that reaction. There is tension of course, that is hard to avoid in this modern age, but it is at a much lower rate.

And the house is lovely. There is a lot of work to be done on it but the electricity and plumbing are new (thank god) so I can do almost all the work myself.

So, we are here. It is good. And life is still to be discovered.

I will write another philosophical blog when the dust settles a bit.

Love & Blessings, Musawwir


Za'ida said...

Dear Musawwir,

a new chapter of your life has begun and I wish you all happiness. You and your family have worked hard many years. If there is someone who deserves this wonderful home it is you, no doubt.

Congratulations :)


Anonymous said...

O Great One how very wrong you are "our new house" indeed! I am half way around the world and can feel the presence of the place reaching out to me, this is not a house this is a HOME!
I would love to see some pics of the inside.
Oh and be sure to have a Jade plant at both your front and back doors.
Love Always Jules