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Lasha Morningstar

Co-op living holds promise for seniors

Lasha Morningstar
November 23, 2015

Brisk. The bite of winter pushes homelessness to the forefront of many people's lives. Flyers appear in the mailbox urging people to upgrade their insulation. My 112-year-old home creaks and groans. Winter wind pokes his fingers through hidden holes and chills feet and paws.

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Political intrigues threaten Pope Francis’ work

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November 9, 2015

Pope Francis is affectionately called the People’s Pope by both Catholic and non-Catholic alike. Stories abound of how, as a parish priest, he lived an austere life. This is a shepherd who guides his flock while walking in the shoes of Every Man, Every Woman, Every Child. He walks into the villa miseria, Argentina’s notorious slums, to see his lost sheep. Francis went there because that is where his people are. Yet the danger is so great with hardened criminals and drug lords living there, even the police give the threatening shanties a pass.

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Advent gives space to prepare for the blessed birth

Lasha Morningstar
November 9, 2015

Advent always startles me. That time already? It forces me to realize another year is almost over. It also asks me, “So what did you accomplish this year?” Gulp. Not as much as I wanted. Not as much as I planned. Truth be told, this was a year when those rose-coloured glasses I wear were ripped off my face. Reality hit me like a bucket of ice water. Loss demands one grieve. Grief is hard. A quote turns up just at the right time. “God knows who belongs in your life and who doesn’t. Trust and let go. Whoever is meant to be there, will still be there.”

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Precious wisdom pours into an open heart, open mind

Lasha Morningstar
October 26, 2015

This is one of the most precious times of the year for me. It is All Souls Night, the night when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead is said to be at its thinnest. I pray joyously, revelling in the promised closeness. It is also the time when I can write down the names of my departed relatives and friends who have died in the book at the basilica. This gentle act of providing the book and promised prayers soothes my soul.

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Pope Francis met with Congress, convicts - wise ones listened

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October 12, 2015

Twitter chatter and main stream secular media dubbed him the Rock Star Pope. Indeed, Pope Francis took the media,the U.S. Congress, New York and Phildelphia by storm. Crowds, hungry for spiritual nourishment, roared with delight calling out "Viva Papa" as he passed by in a motorcade, fell pin-drop silent in a million plus open air Mass.

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Unresolved grief can lead to an actual broken heart (attack)

Lasha Morningstar
October 12, 2015

Grief is a tsunami of emotions. Loss abounds throughout life. Loss of friends, family, marriage, work, community, belief systems. On it goes. One of the major challenges is that, too often, we do not realize we are grieving. Easy to do. Society roars along as it deals with rampant change. Stopping, or even allowing time to take the side road to work through grief, is forbidden in today's society.

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Speak out to save the lives of refugees

Lasha Morningstar
September 28, 2015

Tears rolled down my cheeks. The photo of Aylan Kurdi's lifeless body lying crumpled on the Turkish beach had loaded onto my computer screen. That heart-breaking image put a face on the news stories blanketing the media about the waves of African and Middle Eastern refugees fleeing their war-torn countries.

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Autumn's tapestry ushers in a season of rest and hope

Lasha Morningstar
September 14, 2015

A tawny golden leaf fluttered to my feet. I looked at the tree and said to it, "Are you kidding?" She wasn't. As if to make the case fall is here, summer is blessing us with her last roses, the perennials are having their final hurrah and the grass does not need to be cut each week. Now golden leaves dot the lawn. Only a few at first. Then more and more. So I get out my rake and gather them all up as if that would delay fall.

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Beware the pusher! He has no conscience

Lasha Morningstar
August 31, 2015

No matter how many times I read it, the words stayed the same. "The music was good. The band really rocked. "Thankfully, part of my brain was still unpolluted, and I knew something was dreadfully wrong. The time was years ago. I was an entertainment writer working in another city. The concert I was assigned to review was fabulous. But there I sat, an hour after the band's final set, too stunned to write.

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Digging out roots of family tree uncovers unexpected treasure

Lasha Morningstar
August 17, 2015

Doctors scratched their heads in bewilderment as they tried to puzzle out why a young female relative kept dashing to the biffy. The woman scanned the relatives she knew in search of any genetic history that would let the medics understand what was happening to her. Nothing. Then she mentioned it to me. A lightbulb moment happened to me days later.

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