What Happened to Scrooge in January?

Scrooge is perhaps the most classic of Christmas tales. A man, obsessed by greed and selfishness experiences a moment of transformation. It is a tale that sparks the hope that change is possible. Greed and selfishness are like a disease that twist bitterness in a person’s spirit and create desperate loneliness and tear the heart apart. However, there is hope for something different. Generosity and love can take hold and free a person from the chains of greed.

The Gift of Intimacy

Tonight we are having a Christmas party at our Meadowvale drop-in. This will be my ninth Youth Christmas Party in Meadowvale and I love them all. I have many memories of youth erecting amazing gingerbread houses, playing games, singing karaoke, competing in Christmas trivia or Christmas twister. For all the fun and laughter and the great Christmas dinners and dramas, one memory always stands out for me above the rest.

No Regrets for A Good Friend

From Bronnie Ware come these top 5 things that people regret about their lives in their last moments. Working in palliative care for many years these are the things she would hear most often expressed at the end of someone's journey. (You can find the full blog here)

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard

White People Suck!

Catchy title I know! Being of European descent myself, it might sound strange, but these were the exact words that came to my head after a brief online interaction that I just had.

My Dad was born in Holland, as were my 4 grandparents, 8 great-grandparents and so on... In Holland Santa Claus is called Sinterklaas and comes door to door on the evening of December 5th with gifts. Sinterklaas does not come alone. He is preceded by a servant named Zwarte Piet, which translated is “Black Peter”.

Halloween Entitlement

An interesting event has made the news since Halloween. A man, new to a neighbourhood received this letter for not handing out candy on Halloween.

I'm not sure what your reaction to this letter is. For me, it is deeply troubling.

Offend and Be Offended

I’m  a pretty normal person in this regard; I like it when people like me, I don’t like it when people don’t like me.

This pretty normal fact about me however runs directly counter to a commitment that I have made to attempt to tell the truth as I see it. This commitment is particular to those general societal or cultural trends that run directly counter to principles of love, mercy and justice.

Friendship Changes You

I stumbled across this piece of art today that was put together inspired by Mumford and Sons song, After the Storm.

Whenever we get an opportunity to see as brave and living and human, those who are regularly dehumanized, let's take it!

Here's To The Rebels

Just needed to include this video on this site... too perfect.

Occupy Toronto!

Here is a simple and succinct look at why, across the wealthy world, people are taking to the streets to demand change. There is not always a clear goal, but one theme that unites those who have chosen to occupy cities in their countries to demand change; something better is possible.

The Story of Ross Capicchioni

A good friend of mine sent me a link to this story and wrote; "no need for words, just watch it."

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