Spring Equinox

Have a blessed Spring! 😉


Letter to Bharat Mata from a Pakistani Daughter

I was fortunate to meet and get to know this young lady when she was my husband’s student, maybe six or seven years ago. She was intelligent, fierce and just one of those beautiful engaging teens everyone can’t help but love.

Since then, I’ve watched her grow into the incredible woman you’ll see below, and I am so indescribably proud of how she keeps going from strength to strength.

May she and the rest of us keep building these bridges of love.

P.S. I am trying to find an English translation, and will edit this post with it as soon as I do.

Anne, Reviews

Fairy Tale Princesses & Supersheroes

When the huz and I took the kids to see Black Panther last Sunday, all of us expected the movie to be good. Being a big Black Panther comic book fan myself, I was excited and so were the rest. So, off we went for the 10:30 A.M show (and thankfully the cinema wasn’t full of loud, annoying asshats or I would have walked out.)

Was the movie good?



Honestly, I don’t know where to begin with Black Panther, and I definitely wouldn’t know where to end. I’ve been raving about it since I left the cinema and my son has already suggested (not so subtly) that it seems I may continue to rave about the movie all year.

This is my social media post from Sunday to give you an idea about how much of the movie I loved.

There is so much about this film I’d like to write about, and like my friend Genie said to me on Twitter, so much to discuss. But, I can’t fit it all into one post so, today I’m going to talk about one of my favorite things in Black Panther, which is the depiction of a princess.

We’ve all read the fairy tales and watched the Disney movies, and we’ve swooned and fawned over the princesses we love. Some of us have hosted princess themed parties and re-read the bedtime stories more times than we can remember.

My daughter has been through the Disney princess phase before she hit double digits, and she still loves a good fairy tale princess, along with all her other fan-girling over Hermione Granger, Katniss Everdeen, Wonder Woman etc. She has her decided likes and dislikes and I have mine, and we don’t always agree on everything about every princess.

Okay, so we mostly don’t agree on everything about every princess.

Not so for Shuri in Black Panther.

I was sitting next to my girl during the movie, and from the moment Princess Shuri entered the scene, we couldn’t stop exchanging super-pleased and smug grins. We fell in love with the character and by the end of the movie I knew we were going to be stans for life. Shuri is just that awesome!


One of the coolest things about Black Panther is that the movie doesn’t constantly play up the hero’s role till you’re ready to scream, and neither are the women shown as a bunch of wet-nurses for said hero. Not that the male lead wasn’t great, because T’Challa was in many ways, but the women in Wakanda were stars in their own right, with Princess Shuri stealing the show in ways no one can deny.

First, and most importantly, there was nothing woebegone damsel-y about Shuri (Thank you, Marvel!) From the moment she stepped into the scene, you knew there wasn’t going to be any ‘poor princess’ crap. She jumped right in like a spirited dynamo and it was clear the audience’s laughter was going to be dependent on her for the rest of the film. Her wit was sharper than freshly forged blades and her one-liners zinged out so fast, I wanted to hug her. The Queen of Memes, without question.

And, if that wasn’t enough, Shuri is also the smartest person in Wakanda with genius-level intellect. She has her own lab, where her work with Vibranium is mostly responsible for Wakanda being more technologically advanced than the whole world combined.

The icing on the cake? Shuri has accomplished all this by the age of sixteen and without any visible help from anyone, especially a male mentor. She is self-made through and through, and only gets stronger as the movie progresses.

The character herself has not just a big heart, but one which is firmly kept in the right place with an abundance of optimism. She also has an easy-going relationship with her brother (who mostly bears the brunt of her jokes.)

Shuri later proves to be a fierce and courageous warrior in battle.

Her mission is to do good by using her brain and skills, and the audience can rest assured they will get it at every turn.

I have to tell you folks, my heart was brimming each time this girl appeared on the screen. I have approved of many fictional females before, but Shuri stole my heart in this movie (and much more than in the comic books,) along with millions of others’ I’m sure. She is the epitome of what a princess should be, and no doubt she’s here to be the kind of role model every girl everywhere can aspire to. I can’t wait to see her in Avengers: Infinity War (Move over Tony Stark,) and I hope Marvel gives her a movie of her own. She more than deserves it.

Princess Shuri is played by the beautiful and talented Letitia Wright, a new force in Hollywood who I feel we’re going to be seeing a lot of in the future.

In conclusion, this guy on Twitter summed it up best for me.


Coming Soon…

I seek her from afar,
I come from temples where her altars are,
From groves that bear her name,
Noisy with stricken victims now and sacrificial flame,
And cymbals struck on high and strident faces
Obstreperous in her praise
They neither love nor know,
A goddess of gone days,
Departed long ago

~Edna St Vincent Millay