christmas reflection

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

chrismtas angels

Angels Among Us: Have You Met One?

Showing Hospitality To Strangers As another Christmas approaches, the thought of angels are front and centre in most of our minds. This piece was published last year and with a little revision is shared again this year. It is one of those posts that bloggers refer to as “evergreen,” because of the timelessness of its content. Angels are very much among us and that is a truth that cannot be ignored or go out of style. Four years ago, life was somewhat different for me. I had relocated from Alberta

christmas gift

A Very Special Christmas Gift

Is This It? Monday night my world went dark. Two weeks after my second eye surgery, my new lens were acting up and the pain over my right eye was excruciating. A call earlier in the day to my surgeon’s office resulted in an emergency appointment. Granted, their idea of urgent was different from mine as he does clinic in the afternoons only. Hardly able to see, knowing that whatever was the problem it would not be seen to until the next afternoon and having popped more painkillers than is

christmas greetings

Christmas Greetings From Us To You

Our Similarities, Not Our Differences By now, you all might be so tired of me saying this is the most wonderful time of the year. Does it mean that everything is perfect in your or my life? No, it simply means I am grateful to be here; to be walking, talking, seeing (with some challenges after my surgery) and happy to be sending you Christmas greetings. Not all of us writing and contributing to this blog celebrate Christmas but we all celebrate life, love, friendship and community. We all hope

Fashion: Our Christmas Collection

The F’s Words Family, friends, food and fashion — well, that is the order for some. Others would include faith and that could come anywhere in the order. Faith is the reason for the season and to that we could add fellowship – with family, friends, neighbours and the people we meet along the way. And where better for this fellowship to take place than gathered at the table for wonderful meals – well dressed? Over the last few weeks, we have focused on posts that are Christmas-related and today

Emotions Can Run High At Christmas

Use Them… Nothing expresses the emotions that we feel like the songs we listen. Whether it is new or lost love, songs will always be able to tell the joys or the angst that you are feeling. In the opinion of some, our emotions are reflective of our thoughts while others believe that emotions are the driving force “I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” ― Oscar Wilde Whatever your view, Christmas is one

pakistani dish

Try A Pakistani Dish This Holiday

Co-Existing With Differences Today we live in a world united and polarized at the same time. Where globalization unites us, there the differences in skin color, creed, nationality and religion erect unseen barriers. Amidst the grey clouds of disparity, the sane and lovely exist who promote the co-existence of cultures and find great common grounds to enjoy each others cultural festivities. There is no better common ground than food including the seeming exotic and not to mention the festive foods.  You are invited to try a Pakistani dish this holiday!

stress reducing pets

Reduce Christmas Stress: Hug A Dog

All Things Holiday At the beginning of the month, I promised to share posts that are Christmas related. That promise has been kept and there are still so many things we have not done such as fashion, food or the stress of Christmas. That is about to change. Although not wishing to be Debbie Downers, especially now that we are just days away from Christmas, but it has to be admitted and discussed that not everyone enjoy this “the most wonderful time of the year.” For some, the stress level