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Born in Reno, Nevada, Karima Vargas Bushnell is director of the Light Upon Light Sufi Center in Minneapolis and a founding board member of Sustainable Nevada. She has an M.A. in Intercultural Relations and has worked as a college professor, refugee/immigrant job counselor, Hennepin County court reporter, old-time fiddler, and web moderator for the London Times Online. In the 1970’s she hitchhiked up and down Nevada, California and Washington with a Black friend, an Australian shepherd named Ratlips, and a bright yellow bass violin. Karima has a husband, three children, three cats and a secret identity as a part Native American Muslim who plays with an Irish band. Bushnell is an undeniable writer, with a talent for sentences and scenarios.