Get Real About How You Feel

Today marks the beginning of Mental Health Week in Canada. There is so much stigma attached to mental health that people who are struggling with it suffer in silence because they don't know how others will react. Mental Health affects all of us and we need to have an environment which will offer support and …

Boxing Day Blues

If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men - Romans 12:18, NKJV "I can't believe that we're near the end of December. Soon it will be the New Year," Melinda said to no one in particular. She was sitting on the sofa in the warm and cozy living-room …

Ashamed

We have been seeing each other under the quiet. Holding hands when no one is around. Kissing in a dark corner so no one could see us. Avoid going to restaurants or places where we might run into his friends or heaven forbid, his family. I haven't been to his place since his mother showed …

Keziah’s Story

Jill was my best friend.  We grew up together.  We used to like the same books, movies and boys.  And when the boy we liked at a particular time liked one of us more, there were not hard feelings.  We were happy for each other.  So, when she met and fell in love with Greg, …

Taahira’s Story

People stare at me because of the tribal marks on my face.  I wish I never had them.  I wish I knew what I looked like without them.  Before I left Nigeria, I asked my mother about them.  She said that she and my father were merely upholding traditional practices. I wished that I was …

Love vs Tradition

"You're such a hypocrite, Kaito" Hana told her brother.  "You object to my relationship with Danny because he's not Japanese and yet you're sleeping with Duana, my African American friend." Kaito looked up from his laptop, his expression darkening as he met his younger sister's incensed gaze.  "I don't have to explain myself to you," …

A Harmless Tradition?

Roxanne glanced down at the four pumpkins.  When Ellen saw the expression on her face, she asked, "What's wrong?" "Have you any idea of what Halloween is really about?" Ellen shook her head, thinking, no, but I bet you're going to tell me.  "It's a harmless tradition in my family.  The kids look forward to …

The Afternoon Tradition

As she drank her tea, she thought of her grandmother. Grams would have turned 90 today.  How she missed her. It was Grams who got her into the habit of drinking tea in the afternoons.  She thought of the times when she used to walk over to Grams' house after school and sit at the …

Education of Women and Girls

Just recently I read that Sir Thomas More placed great importance on the education of women.  Here's an exerpt from his biography on Wikipedia: More took a serious interest in the education of women, an attitude that was highly unusual at the time. Believing women to be just as capable of academic accomplishment as men, …

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