Retiring Aunt Jemima

"I can't breathe" these haunting words of George Floyd have set off a chain of events in the reckoning of race relations in America. One of these events is today's announcement that Quaker Oats is replacing the Jemima brand with a new name and image in order "to make progress toward racial equality." According to …

Starvation in Madaya

Many people in the world today are not starving because there is an inherent inability to produce food, they are starving because they are caught in the middle of political fights and blockades that have been used as weapons - Ralph Merkle I was appalled when I heard about the mother who was giving her 7 month …

Global Renaissance Woman

"I thought, my voice killed him; I killed that man, because I told his name. And then I thought I would never speak again, because my voice would kill anyone..." Maya blamed herself for the death of the man who sexually abused and raped her when she was only eight years old.  For five years …

Let’s Talk

Mental illness is something that not many people feel comfortable talking about--at least from where I came from.  I didn't know that people suffered from depression or bi-polar disorder.  In Guyana we used to see people walking around, dishevelled, shaking their fists and shouting and we stayed clear of them.  They were simply called mad …

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