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Christmas Reflection: Speaking Your Truth

Examining Our Lives Ever since my chaplaincy training, reflecting on the journey has been a big part of my life. It is something that comes natural to me. One of my favourite quotes is that of Socrates that “an unexamined life is not worth living.” There were points that worrying was my modus operandi but the knot in my stomach is too unpleasant. For a week or so now, one of those painful knots was forming. While out with my daughter shopping today for last-minute gifts, I took the opportunity


I Promise: To Be Empowered In Pakistan

Empowered Women Where? Resolves are important and that is where the ambitions are rooted. Being a woman in Pakistan is a bit different from anywhere else in the world. The challenges that we face are also somewhat diverse. Being and becoming an empowered woman is one such challenge that I find daunting as inequality, injustice and mistreatment of our women are rampant. This is particularly true among the uneducated. Women empowerment was one of the fundamental founding principles of the nation but the concept never really took root in our

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Mother’s Day Message

Love Of A Mother Over a decade ago at a Mother’s Day event – brunch, supper, something with lots of food – I heard a woman declare that it would be the saddest day of her life if her children did not celebrate her on that special day. The depth of her emotions as she made that declaration moved me in a perplexing way. On the one hand, being a mother myself, I could understand the pain of not hearing from my daughter on a special occasion. Yet being a


Happy Mother’s Day – Grandma!

Reluctant Ones Let us get this straight. I am not vain or anything. At least I do not think so. It was as simple as this: the idea of being a grandma just never crossed my mind – not in any serious or deliberated way. My baby girl was my baby girl and her having a baby or babies for that matter was not something that I seriously contemplated. When I learned off her pregnancy, two thoughts came to mind. Knowing her medical history, I was concerned for her safety.


Three Lives Touched By An Angel

Paying Respects Jermaine walked into the large cathedral downtown. As soon as he walked in he saw two familiar but older faces. It had been 15 years since he last set foot in that city but he remembered every street corner and sign that he passed. Nothing had changed there. Lori and Gwendolyn were talking quietly near the front pew and trying to avoid looking at the casket in the front. Their eyes were as bloodshot as his. They had been crying too. And though they were dressed head to


Challenges Women Face In Pakistan

A Global Issue, Actually Life is awesome, yet challenging for the women of the world. No matter where we live, women are the homemakers and the building blocks of any society. But unfortunately, no matter where we live around the globe, we have gender specific challenges to tackle. It may be outright gender discrimination to reduced employment opportunities to sexual harassment. The range of challenges that women face is globally common at one end of the spectrum and totally diverse and society specific on the other. I, being the Pakistani


Gang Life: Jermaine’s Journey

Help And Protect Jermaine saw Gwendolyn in the hall way and quickly ducked back into the classroom he had come out of. He had not seen her since the night that he had gone with Rafael to her house. He wanted to keep it that way. He did not condone what Raf had done, it was the opposite. He was embarrassed that he had been one of the guys helping Rafael break down her door. He never wanted to hit a woman. He had watched his mother being beaten by

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Earth Day 2016: What To Do And Wear

Changing Economies “My first real encounter with Earth Day celebrations was the year after our arrival in Canada. Growing up as I did on the beautiful, luscious and green island of Jamaica, environmental protection was not an issue front and centre of my thoughts. It still is not. Not really.” That was the opening of my post, published last year on Earth Day. While the environment is not necessarily now “front and centre of my thoughts,” the almost complete collapse of the oil industry here in Alberta has made it