Youth and Hate

Teenagers ask all kinds of questions, about anything if you invite them, and so I wasn’t surprised to be asked many questions about hate last Friday. Last Friday’s terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand is very frightening for people of all ages. For many of the questions I was asked, I had some answers. I…

How to Deal with a Bully

I had my first experience with bullying when I was 5 years old. Struggling with my high energy and tendency to experiment with dangerous household items, my mother was able to convince the school principal to let me start Grade 1 early. I was noticeably shorter than all the other kids around me and by…

Brothers

I was waiting in the grocery store line last week, watching two preschool siblings. They were clearly both getting tired and a bit bored so they decided to entertain themselves by fighting with each other. As they snatched snacks from the grocery cart and then ripped them out of each other’s hands, I felt very…

Stories and Christmas

Tomorrow you and I will wake up and join millions of other people from around the world to celebrate Christmas. The day will make some of us happy and others very unhappy, but why? There is a story to Christmas – a story beyond the Christ Child, or Santa Claus. The story is linked to…

The Benefits of Family

Sunday afternoon, as I was running around my kitchen cooking, the doorbell rang. It was late in the day for a salesperson, and not really a reasonable time for sales, either. There are Spanish-speaking Christmas Carol Singers who visit homes in my neighbourhood and I thought, “They’re here!” I opened the door happily expectantly and…