Waleed Aly: First Muslim Co-Host of a Major Australian Prime Time TV Show

Great article.

Unveiled Thought

Waleed with his co-hosts Waleed with his co-hosts

Waleed Aly is to become the first Muslim in Australia to co-host a major, prime time television show. Waleed is set to join Carrie Bickmore and Peter Helliar on The Project on 26 January 2015.

It is exciting because he is a Muslim who’ll be sitting in the spotlight, but even more exciting because Waleed’s religious beliefs have rarely influenced his day-to-day work. Essentially, he’ll just be a normal co-host who happens to be Muslim and that’s exactly what we need.

On his religious beliefs influencing his job, Waleed said “It is something I’m aware of and it is something I value (but) it is not something that is front of mind when I’m doing my job.” He added, “I’m not on a particular mission by taking this job.”

And I don’t think he needs to be on a mission to make a huge impact. Simply, his presence on the…

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Have yourself a cheaper little Christmas… I made a wreath!!.

A little Christmas wreath-making from Jack Munroe in the article above. Seriously, check her blog out – it’s great.

Now, a little thing about Christmas itself: I love it. Not the consumeristic, plastic thing that plenty of corporations seem to want it to be – the kind that is all about wanting and buying and needing x, y or z. But the real Christmas of giving, spending time with family and friends and having a good time – colour me idealistic, but isn’t that what it’s supposed to be?

Also. I do happen to be Catholic. So of course the holiday takes on a certain special significance. I look around, and in the giving and the coming together, I’d like to think I see an embrace of the wonder that is joy and celebration of a new birth. Does it matter if some things about the Christmas story don’t make sense? I think looking at the story like that takes the magic out of it. When I say magic, I mean sense of wonder and joy.

Whether events happened or not, the fact remains that the story, set in the context of the times it was written in and such, provides a way for people to live well. By embracing love, hope and action for a better world.

Of course, it is not the only religion to do so. As I understand it, if one looks at many religions in the context of the times they were written in and who they were written for, then many have themes of love, faith and hope within them. It is not the actions of the texts themselves that cause harm, but rather peoples’ interpretations of them. Flawed humans, prone to making mistakes, remember?
….And I hadn’t intended this to be a rant. Oops.

Anyway, whatever your celebrations in the coming weeks (or if they’ve already occurred), I hope that you stay safe; that you experience joy and wonder at this time; and that you have a chance to rest in order to renew yourself.

As we say at church (and I mean this in all sincerity), peace be with you.

Step Back

Yep. That’s right. And I will explain thoughts about my own writing soon, I promise!

Accidentally Inspired

It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the work. It’s so easy to forget the forest for all the trees all around you. It’s so easy to get lost in the day-to-day sharknado that pops up right in front of you and forget about the big picture.

Is it a human shortcoming?

As a writer, it’s so easy for me to be blinded to my goals on a big scale when things are going wrong in the now. I’ve struggled for the last two weeks, writing and re-writing a handful of scenes in my novel, becoming more and more myopic and less and less able to think on the large scale. I felt as though this one scene was a wrecking ball smashing the novel as a whole to rubble, that this one hangup was one crashed biker causing a monumental pileup as all the other bikers come…

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