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I had a remarkable experience recently attending a press conference announcing that Toronto will host the next Parliament of the World’s Religions in 2018. What made it remarkable were the conversations I had in one of the most religiously diverse groups I’ve ever been in. And this is just a... (more)
Last week I attended chapel and heard a very inspiring message from a woman who's had cancer. Looking young, vibrant and beautiful, I would never have known she was sick if she hadn't shared it. But there were many days when she was neither vibrant nor beautiful, and struggled to know where her... (more)
A friend recently asked me how my back was. “Good,” I replied. “No more pain; that’s over with?” he responded. “I wouldn’t say that, but it’s better,” I answered. This led to a conversation about the healing power of positive thinking, and how... (more)
Thank you to Daniel Lefebvre, who shared this post.  "Shout it loud; shout it clear!  Refugees are welcome here."  The chants echoed amongst the holiday shoppers in Westlake Center, Seattle.  "Assad, tell us, how many kids have you killed today?" ... (more)
I love spending Saturday mornings with a cup of tea listening to the radio. That's how I heard an excellent program on CBC called Day 6 recently. In 30 minutes it covered diverse aspects of peace, from a journalist sharing how to distill the real versus propoganda in the siege of Aleppo, to a... (more)
This week, I was invited to give a Facebook Live interview to share some of the stories and experiences I've had travelling in pursuit of peace. I had the chance to explain what motivated me to start CryPeace, some of people who have particularly touched and inspired me, and my hopes and dreams... (more)
I live in a wonderfully walkable neighbourhood in Toronto, the largest metropolis in Canada, so I tend to shop close to home. But a dry cleaning emergency this month led me to another pedestrian destination, Roncesvalles Village, during my lunch hour today. I was thrilled to find an adjacent eatery... (more)
Trees and paths Leaves and needles I collect burrs like badges on two wheels Three million neighbours and no one knows I’m here except the squirrel ignoring me in the twilight   Night falls I climb up hills which hid the ravine Gentle drops and warm wind, slough off the day’s cares... (more)

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