That’s what WordPress, who is hosting this inaugural attempt at a blog, wants me to call my first page. I, however, prefer a more traditional beginning:
In the name of Allah, the most Beneficient and Merciful. The traditional phrase with which Muslims begin all projects, big and small. As a proud Muslim, it seems foreign to me to begin this undertaking in any other way.
That is not to say that this site is going to be dedicated to Islam, or to my beliefs. Truth be told, I am not sure what, if anything, it will be dedicated to yet. Some summer intern at wordpress (hopefully not a full-fledged employee) has written up a three page guide detailing a process by which to delve into your psyche and determine what your blog will be about, and I received it when I signed up. It was well written, no doubt, but fell on deaf ears. I suspect most people who start a blog have an idea what they want to accomplish, and I am no different.
I see this as an outlet, and a way to express my opinions, hopes, dreams, musings, reflections, etc. Topics will not be limited and hopefully will range from the mundane to the philosophical. From politics, to life, to religion, and everything in between. A repository for my ever-changing ideas on the topic of the day, and a vehicle with which to share those ideas.
I don’t foresee a lot of readers of this blog who don’t already know me well, but one never knows what the future holds. That’s why, while I don’t see the need to introduce myself, I will bore you with a few of the biographical highpoints for posterity’s sake:
I am a thirty something year old (still!) interventional cardiologist in the Los Angeles area. An active member of the Dawoodi Bohra congregation of the Shia-Ismaili Muslim tradition. A father of two wonderful girls, ages 9 and 6. A political moderate–but doesn’t everyone say that? Even the biggest wing nuts I know! And a hack on the golf course, who loves the game too much to actually keep score.
Enough boring intro stuff… Hopefully you, the reader, will find something here to pique your interest in the coming months, years, or however long this experiment lasts.