I’m finally over wanting to be considered pretty or attractive.

Not to say I don’t take pride in how I present myself and my somewhat skillful expressiveness. But the constant watching-others-watch-me, the departing from self to evaluate self, the unconsciously imposed racist/male gaze, all of that is what I’ve ceased to subscribe to.

hidaayah
she asked me
how far I am
in the Quran and
I tell her I admire
her level of imaan
she laughs
and belittles herself
and says
‘you’ve been wearing
the hijab for six years,
I’m the one who should
admire you’
I glance at the Quran
that’s warmly held in
her hands
and I remember how
I forgot how to read it and
how I had forgotten the words
when the sheikh was reciting
Surah Al-Fatiha this Jummah
I look at her and
I remember the nights
where my tears would put
me to sleep thinking of
the sins I had committed that day
I remember wiping the dust out
of my Quran and forcing myself
to remember how to read it
I remember being angry with
myself for letting it get to this point
I smile at her and I tell her
that I have chosen to start over and
that she and I are no different
Suhur Omar, Starting Fresh by abovemyflaws (via lipstick-bullet)

I think I’d want to name my daughter Khadija, just so I could call her Jijo.

Jijo sounds cute. Jijo sounds sharp. Jijo is a name for a spunky little girl with colourful barrettes and one missing front tooth who double dutches and holds me up and reads all the signs at the grocery store when we got places to be.

And then she gets older, and still sharper, and she demands people call her Khadija. But she’d always be Jijo to her mama.

afro-dominicano
currentsinbiology:

The Evolution of Sleep: 700 Million Years of Melatonin (NY Times)
To explore the evolution of sleep, scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Germany study the activity of genes involved in making melatonin and other sleep-related molecules. Over the past few years, they have compared the activity of these genes in vertebrates like us with their activity in a distantly related invertebrate — a marine worm called Platynereis dumerilii.
A highly-magnified view of young larva of the marine worm Platynereis dumerilii.  Credit Harald Hausen

currentsinbiology:

The Evolution of Sleep: 700 Million Years of Melatonin (NY Times)

To explore the evolution of sleep, scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Germany study the activity of genes involved in making melatonin and other sleep-related molecules. Over the past few years, they have compared the activity of these genes in vertebrates like us with their activity in a distantly related invertebrate — a marine worm called Platynereis dumerilii.

A highly-magnified view of young larva of the marine worm Platynereis dumerilii. Credit Harald Hausen