Despite the calm, collected, and polished image of family life that I flaunt in my digital persona, I can assure you that our reality is entirely ordinary. We are a family: a yelling, fighting, struggling, crying, laughing, failing, winning, striving, totally-unsure-of-what-to-do-next kind of family. Now that you know how ordinary we are, I want to … Continue reading Thoughts on Parenting and Autonomy
Last night I sat in a circle of souls gathered around a mother who had just lost her son, Feras. He was young. His passing was unexpected. This circle of companions grieved together through prayer, stories, and song. A lingering embrace now-and-then to express words of consolation in whispered tones. And I listened as my … Continue reading The Assumption of Immortality
In the absence of presence and in the silence of darkness, a mind wanders and lingers on failures it fixates on entangled versions of this thought and that one, the wrong one the right one, ensnared by perception, but never contented; serenity slips through damp fingers made wet from the downpour of a cloud swelling, ruptured … Continue reading Never as dark
The big scientific news today seems to be around a paper that was just published in the Journal of Current Biology, which shows how children from religious families are more selfish and mean compared to those from non-religious families. Here's the article: http://www.cell.com/current-biology/pdf/S0960-9822(15)01167-7.pdf I see this news being paraded around by some like a trophy. "A win … Continue reading Did scientists just prove religious kids to be little brats?!
In 2013, Cameron described the transformation of Canada's immigration and refugee policies under the Trudeau government that culminated in the passing of the Immigration Act in 1976 (Cameron, 2013). Some of the changes that characterized this Act included "the principle of admission to Canada on humanitarian grounds and a provision for private sponsorship of refugees." Cameron goes on to demonstrate, in … Continue reading The Iranian Baha’i Refugee Program: A Case Study in Canadian Hospitality