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I've just finished reading The Faith Club which chronicles the discussions among a Christian, a Jew, and a Muslim after 9/11. It's an excellent read and very thought-provoking. I realized that I don't have any Muslim friends. I had friends and colleagues overseas with whom I enjoyed discussing religion, but I haven't kept in touch with them. I have MoBob but that's...different. On the other hand, I can think of six Jewish friends off the top of my head, two of whom I've known since high school. I'm sure I'll meet some Muslim kindred spirits here in DC but it is a little disconcerting that I've spent most of my professional life overseas working in countries with large Muslim populations and yet I can't say I have Muslim friends in the US.

At least I'm happily expanding my social life. Monday night we saw a friend of mine whom I met in Istanbul in 2002 when she worked for the Jerusalem office of our mutual employer. She looked fan-bloody-tastic. I love listening to her talk about her work and her interests, as she is a Palestinian Christian and is in the US on a special State Dept. program for media specialists and journalists from that region. Tuesday I lunched with the ever-fabulous Steve who was my favorite staff person from grad school. And today I finally met mokey4 and have made tentative weekend plans in Balto with congogirl and bananapouch.
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On May 2nd, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC), thegarlicbite commented:
ORLY? How interesting.
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On May 3rd, 2007 02:06 am (UTC), congogirl replied:
Haha, I thought you knew who she was when I sent that email! I should have signed the LJ monikers...
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On May 3rd, 2007 06:59 am (UTC), hatter_anon commented:
Must put that on the reading list.

The move continues to be a good thing by the sounds of it?
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On May 3rd, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Sort of. We are kind of in the same boat, job-wise!
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On May 3rd, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
the hunt
oooh, you're going to bmore? want to go apartment hunting for me? i'm having a bit of a crisis in my own way.
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