Three weeks ago, during a mid-May evening, we sat in a circle to debrief the past couple of days in the cafeteria at Blue Quills University near Edmonton. Our group was about 15 people from Bolivia, Honduras, Colombia, Syria, Lebanon, India, Laos, Zimbabwe, and Canada. Sherri, one of the instructors at the university, joined us … Continue reading Let peace be planted
About a year ago, I told my family and friends that Jen and I were planning to move west. Some expressed concern due to Alberta's economic downturn. Why would we go to Alberta while other East Coasters are leaving to return home? I explained that my new job was not directly tied to oil - … Continue reading Fort McMurray: Wildfire, Ashes, and New Growth
Do you ever wake up Monday morning thinking to yourself (or yelling aloud), I don't want to adult today. If you're like me, you couldn't wait to grow up. Day and night, dreams of one day being old enough to drive a car and own a house impressed me. When I would wish to be … Continue reading Adulting: The Art of Growing Up?
This past June, I took a course called Peace Skills Practice at CMU’s Canadian School of Peacebuilding. An enriching learning experience with students from New Zealand, Iran, Germany, Nigeria, and Canada. During one of the sessions, our instructor split the class into four groups and each moved to a corner of the room. We were … Continue reading Walls and Ladders: Boundaries, Migration, and Welcoming the Stranger
So, here it goes! I've been thinking about blogging for a while (In fact, I started this blog over a year ago... but then decided not to make it public...). Sometimes I just have a lot on my mind and need an avenue to reflect. Other times, there is not much more than crickets chirping … Continue reading Blogging: My Philosophy