A Prayer Through Tears

In a few days I’ll take my girls to the cemetery, for one of our regular visits on the anniversary of their brother’s death....

Peace, Goodwill, and Fun for All

When I was younger I loved Christmas because it brought family. I could hardly contain myself waiting for my cousins to drive up our...

When Evil Arrives

In the movie Ghostbusters, an evil spirit is itching to tear up Manhattan. It asks our three intrepid scientists what form the spirit should...

The Self-Esteem Trap

I have a confession to make. My daughters are not actually enrolled in soccer this summer. I’m not sure if this is illegal or...

When Sports Became a Big Game

Remember the movie Chariots of Fire? Sprinter Eric Liddell ran for the pure joy of running. But when the 1924 Olympics scheduled the 100...

Whose Needs Come First?

Over the last thirty years we have seen unprecedented changes in the family. Then, most children were raised with both biological parents; today that’s...

Living in Limbo

An interesting thing happened about a century ago when nutrition started improving. The average age at puberty started declining, and it hasn’t stopped. In...

Saying Thanks

Thanksgiving should be a lovely holiday: we get together with loved ones, we eat a delicious meal, and we talk about our blessings. But...

Dog in this Fight

It seems just when I think I’ve said all I would ever want to say about Belinda Stronach, she pops up in the news...

I’m Scared

My family and I flew out of Heathrow Airport four days before the terror arrests, and that was just a little too close for...

Fake Food Society

When I was in grade four I felt immensely sorry for Edmund and Lisa, the two fat kids in our class. I remember them...

Teaching Disabilities

When a child in grade three can’t read, we normally assume that child has a learning disability. But is it always the child’s fault?...

How to Avoid Poverty

With the new government in place, the demands are sure to start coming soon that Harper tackle the persistent problem of poverty. And there’s...

Grown Ups and Financial Facts

Last week, in New York, the Staten Island Ferry collided with the pier, sending passengers hurling towards the deck. That scene is about to...

Stories That Must Be Told

The week that Princess Diana died Mother Theresa died, too. I sometimes think that was God’s gift to that diminutive, saintly woman. Perhaps she...