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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 for the future. Brief highlights include: (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 with healthy, vegetarian options. As I left with several meals to save time for writing and... (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 as I race the downpour to my door (more)


This year, I went to Turkey to help World Vision International share its work with Syrian refugees at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. To understand the situation on the ground more deeply, I met with some of the refugees World Vision is helping in Ṣanliurfa, 50 km north of the Syrian border. That's where I met Lamia, who was only 15 when her family fled the war in Syria. Lamia takes... (more)


I love the writings of Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk who lived in America during the post-nuclear cold war. He wrote prolifically on topics including personal sanctity, nature’s praise of God (of which humans contribute the most conscious, but no means solo, voices), and the responsibility of all people of peace, and faith, to protect the earth from war.   "But politics as they now stand are... (more)


Last night, when I heard about the attack in Nice, France, I immediately thought of my friend from France, Valérie Baron. She shared these thoughts today, which are so important as we grieve, and reflect on how to bring peace to a very hurting world. I was thinking about my home country again today.  I was there during the November attacks and I wasn't far away. I am thinking of the  atrocity... (more)


What would I give up so the world didn’t cry? All mistakes to prevent regret? Then we’d have to always know the right choice. Would I sacrifice curiousity for omniscience, The fun of learning for all wisdom? The chance of rejection for guaranteed love? Would an effortless love be worth anything? Freedom and individuality for automatons who can’t do evil? The need for heroes, by... (more)


I’ve been involved in communications for development for many years, and have heard many inspiring stories, but so far, this one has touched me most. I was listening to Podcast Playlist on CBC Radio, a weekly show that curates great podcasts from everywhere, and they were playing a podcast about the WMMT radio station in Appalachia, USA. It all started with a jazz station that evolved into a hip... (more)


It’s January 1, 2016 – a new year. I started it wonderfully, in my prayer chair. For Christmas, my friend gave me "Thomas Merton: A Book of Hours.” It has prayers for every day of the week, dawn, day, dusk and night.  Reading the dawn prayers today started my year off beautifully. I feel such a peace of the presence of God. It may be special to my prayer chair – my heart knows that it's time to... (more)

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