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The blogging world just lost an intriguing young female American Muslim blogger.
She's hung up her keyboard.
But before I comment about her work - a few words about where I stand on spiritual issues.
My personal belief is that we can't possibly understand the Creator/Creatrix.
But because we are human it helps us make sense of things by hanging human attributes onto the ineffable.
That which existed before time began.
Something first identified solely as female, then as male for perhaps the last 6,000 years.
Although a Christian, I love the pagan Goddess worship that is now emerging, especially among women.
To me it is part of the divine plan to right some historic wrongs.
Slow in coming maybe, but nevertheless change is afoot in western culture.
I have a harder time, although I know it is not fair, accepting religions that insist that the Spirit has only male characteristics.
But I do follow some women who are traditional Christians and I was following the young woman who is a practising Muslim.
And truthfully, my hardest, most important lessons in compassion and understanding have come from those women.
So today I was saddened to learn that Cindy, who wrote the blog "Organica", is ending her blogging career.
Up until a few months ago her blog was on my sidebar but as she blogged less and less I tucked it back into my list of people I read infrequently.
She wrote about how important her faith is to her.
But she also wrote about intolerance.
And not just our western intolerance.
She wrote candidly about Muslim intolerance - with us and with each other, particularly women.
I didn't always understand or even approve of her beliefs and practices but what she had to say led me to understand that Islam itself is not a stagnant religion.
Growth and beauty are happening from within and Muslim women are talking to each other about it.
But all women need to build bridges to each other.
Our ability to change things may lie in our ability to connect by computers across physically inaccessible boundaries.
I'm sorry she's ended her blogging career but wish her the very best.