Hi there! Welcome to my Corner of the Internet
I am Dina, a US-ian vegan Muslim hijab-wearing lady. Once a teacher, now I spend my time reading, contemplating, writing, laying on the ground and staring at ceilings from excess feels.
Despite the many changes in my life, I consistently breathed stories and exhaled excited giddiness around books, films, and any form of story-telling I’d find. This space is a celebration of what I find most interesting in stories: how much we have in common and how little we have in common sometimes.
You may be wondering about the site’s weird name. Well, my childhood nickname was Dinasoaur. I named my site after this moniker in the spirit of celebrating childlike wonder. As far as dinosaurs go, though, my website is also an honoring of wisdom, gentleness, and an awareness of history, tragedy, and loss.
While this may seem like a contradiction, I will counter it by suggesting that most things in life are shades of grey.I challenge myself and my readers to both be understanding, curious, and kind to one another. My life, in terms of sequences and the stories I have read along the way, is a testament to the surprises a person can carry.
In the end, remember the words of Walt Whitman in his Leaves of Grass: “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.”
Be kind. Be curious. Be your quirky self. Extend grace and respect forward. Breathe in. Breathe out. There are age-old lessons in the bones of this little site and the lady who runs it. Welcome! Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your visit!