How to Avoid Workplace Gossip—the Spiritual Way

Recently I went for lunch with a colleague.  The conversation quickly became uncomfortable as the boss’s wife was criticized, and I adore her. So, how do we protect ourselves from getting dragged into the negative spiral of workplace gossip?  And how do we stay professional when work conversations go awry?  I did some research and… Read more »

Editorial—Waiting Game

I’m currently sitting in the parking lot of the veterinarian waiting for a report on what’s going on with Frida, our chihuahua who we’ve had for ten years.  Such is the state of technology today that typing this editorial on a tiny phone keyboard in a parking lot in what is essentially an industrial district… Read more »

The Lines Separating Victims from Perpetrators

Hurt people hurt people.  You’ve probably heard this simple and tired statement used in a sloppy attempt to explain the nature of trauma to a victim.  I’m not saying that I’ve never used it myself, but when I heard it for the first time after my mother abandoned me, I got even angrier. What kind… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Postcolonialism, Part II

From my early beginnings as a young introvert, the public library has always been a bit of a refuge.  Years later, not much has changed, albeit with an additional affinity for endless hours spent scouring second-hand bookstores to add to my ever-growing “to-read” pile. For one bookworm to another, this column will be underscoring and… Read more »

Academic Methodologies and Their Strengths and Limitations

Graduate studies often, but not always, requires you write a dissertation a.k.a.  thesis.  Writing a dissertation is fun, and I’d highly recommend it over doing straight course work.  I know one guy who wrote a dissertation that cited some of the biggest names in finance globally.  That’s a thesis to get super stoked over while… Read more »

Dear Barb—Divorced Developments

Dear Barb: I am a single parent of three children in Ontario, and I have been divorced for five years.  My ex and I got along great until he met his present wife.  She has a child of her own and seems to want to shut my kids out of their dad’s life.  The kids… Read more »

The Angels of Christmas

It’s interesting how the more we do the right thing, the more natural it becomes to do more of the right thing.  It snowballs.  The wrong thing always exists when we make a choice or action that creates conflict, even if we think there is a positive lesson involved or even if we think we… Read more »

Editorial—Political Volatility

If you follow Alberta politics at all, you’re already aware that there’s been a call within the United Conservative Party  (UCP) for a leadership convention to happen early. Premier Jason Kenney, who lead the UCP to taking over 50% of the votes in the 2019 election (and won his own riding with over 65% of… Read more »