Faith · Politics

Islamaphobia reminded me I am not white

Canada has erupted with small and large acts of violence against its Muslim and Arab citizens (racists do not discriminate between race and religion, they need “the other” to be simple to identify). A mother picking up her kids from school was assaulted in Toronto, a mosque in Peterborough was burned, two hijab-wearing women were… Continue reading Islamaphobia reminded me I am not white

Politics

Call out xenophobia and ignorance. Don’t be a jerk about it. Because no one will listen.

I am speaking from hard hard earned experience. In the past I’ve shared rants and ravings, that were justifiable and mostly accurate, that did precisely NOTHING to change people’s perspective or even challenge them. All I achieved was feeling pleased with myself while further alienating those I most wanted to “correct”. I also got into some epic… Continue reading Call out xenophobia and ignorance. Don’t be a jerk about it. Because no one will listen.

Faith · Politics

¨No gifts¨ Christmas – an invitation

The truth is my family has no income right now, hasn’t for many months. My husband is a full-time student who works crazy hours, I’m a stay-at-home-mom….who works crazy hours. We are “financed” by student loans and the overwhelming generosity of both our parents. We are awash in privilege and support to live very comfortably… Continue reading ¨No gifts¨ Christmas – an invitation

Motherhood · Poetry · Politics

To mothers in war zones – a poem and a humble list of places to donate funds

There are, tragically, countless places in the world that need our help – from financial donations, to awareness of the issues, to using our political voice and, most importantly, our unceasing prayers. Today I write specifically about four places in the world where mothers are hurting. During this summer of horrors we have watched thousands… Continue reading To mothers in war zones – a poem and a humble list of places to donate funds

Motherhood · Politics

All this talk ’bout what we want to teach our kids

I’ve noticed of late the popularity of “dear son” or “dear daughter” blog posts. But often times these letters to future generations limit the conversation to a single issue: gender. As exemplified by their address to just a son or daughter, and not a child in general. Ask anyone who knows me and they will… Continue reading All this talk ’bout what we want to teach our kids