Teaching, Playwrights and Burgers

He reached the plank and emerged from the water. As he hoisted himself out of the water, with his hands flattened on the wood, he turned his head towards her direction. She could tell that he was looking at her. Her heart began to pound like crazy. Should she leave now before he got completely …

Frances Havergal

I have sung this wonderful hymn so many times but it wasn't until recently that I came across the woman who wrote it. Frances Havegal was an English religious poet and hymnwriter. Her two best known hymns are Take My Life and Let it Be and Thy Life for Me, also known as I Gave My Life for Thee. …

Dinner and a Carriage Ride

I'm on the subway on my way to meet Maxime. He's taking me to lunch at Tribeca Grill, a restaurant co-owned by Robert De Niro. I so excited that I'm going to be seeing Maxime again. Too excited to concentrate on mystic mall cops and maroon feather dusters, a book I'm currently reading. It's about …

Meeting Michelle

The next morning (Tuesday) he met Michelle. When he saw her his mind immediately went to Betsy Ming, the Cranberry shag carpet and glinting gizmos. She was a girl from school who had invited him over to her parents' house when no one was at home to show him her father's fancy gadgets but they …

Aka Miss Clara

The first time I ever heard of Karen Abercrombie is when she played the amazing Miss Clara in the movie, The War Room. Her phenomenal portrayal of a woman with mountain moving faith helped to make the movie what it is. The scene where Miss Clara is cheering in her kitchen about the Devil getting …

Shiloh’s University Dilemma

"Sorry, I'm late, Mr. Gladstone but I had to babysit my thumb sucking sister." He smiled. "It's all right, Shiloh. Come in." He was relieved to see that she was wearing a top and pants this time. He couldn't forget the last time when she visited and she was sitting on the floor with her …

The Marcelus Inquisition

When Prunella walked into the living-room, Marcelus was in there, sitting in his favorite chair by the fireplace. He scowled at her. "Where have you been?" he demanded. "I'm sorry I'm late." "You didn't answer my question." "I was at the library." "Dressed like that?" "No. I was wearing my denim jacket." "What were you …

Sophia’s Secret

My name is Sophia.  I have been living with a secret since I was eight.  It's a shameful thing and every-time I think about it, I feel sick and I wish I could curl up and just die.  No one at school knows but I keep wondering if they could tell just by looking at …

Academic Streaming

"University isn't the place for you.  You're better off taking applied courses.  I can recommend some and where you can go to do them." When Carol heard these words, she felt as though her guidance counselor had picked her up and tossed her into the sea, leaving her adrift in the waves of emotions of disbelief …

Making History in Science

Notes to Women congratulate Victoria Kaspi for being the first woman to win the Gerhard Herzberg Gold Medal, Canada's top Science award in its 25 year history.  This long overdue win is a reminder that gender inequality is prevalent in Canadian Academia. Mario Pinto, President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council who hands out …

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