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How did Christmas greetings get so complicated?

Lasha Morningstar

December 15, 2014

Bicker. Bicker. Bicker. During recent years, people began snapping at each other, debating what greeting should be exchanged during this holiday season. It used to be "Merry Christmas." Now, with our influx of people from other countries, plus those who have stepped away from their Christian faith, "Merry Christmas" is often frowned upon. Various countries – especially those in the Nordic lands where it is dark for so many months – have their special hailings too. Now conversations, radio programs, schools are caught up in the proper seasonal words to use. What if the person is Jewish? Or maybe Muslim? Or maybe they do not celebrate this season at all. The fear of offending them is thrashed around in search of political correctness.

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Handwritten letters bring a personal touch to Christmas season

Lasha Morningstar

December 1, 2014

Scurry. Search. Sigh. Yes, it is almost Christmas and the "What am I going to get her/him/them?" is starting to scramble through our minds. Nighttime too. We mutter, "But they already have everything." Or, "I have no idea what to get them." An idea! People decry those who send out Christmas letters. But at least they touch base and we have a bit of a catch up. But what about an individual letter? That's right – pen, paper, envelope, stamp, maybe some photos to each specific person.

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Why people put their safety on the line to save another

Lasha Morningstar

November 17, 2014

Shock racked my mind – and no doubt thousands of others – as they watched film cameras capture citizens leaning over the dying body of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. The unarmed soldier had been guarding the National War Memorial. The alleged killer moved up behind him and shot the young father. The first shots, of course, prompted people on the street to think they really were not bullets – blanks for a movie set, a drill maybe. But the minute they saw the shooter and heard someone call 911, people knew the body lying on the ground had been hit by real bullets.

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As days grow shorter, it is time to pray by flickering candles

Lasha Morningstar

November 3, 2014

Night comes sooner. Mornings later. Halloween is just past. That's usually when it's the first time we light a candle in the fall. Fat, juicy pumpkins are hollowed out, the seeds spread under the trees for the birds and then a jolly face carved in the front. A thick white candle is lit, a few drops dripped down to the inside base to give needed support. The flame is blown out, and the candle is placed inside the grinning lantern. At dusk, the candle is lit. (Wooden matches are safest.)

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Prayer provides path to healing life's deepest wounds

Lasha Morningstar

October 20, 2014

Troubles. So many they don't bear counting. Some are minor, some major. It's not only the individual upsets. It's the ones that blare out of the radio on the way home, the ones in the secular papers. Three a.m. became the usual wakeup time. Then a glimmer of change happened. It surprised me. I certainly didn't expect any relief from this ongoing strife.

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Life is short: follow your passion

Lasha Morningstar

October 6, 2014

It was a casual conversation, the kind of relaxed chat that usually happens once the tape recorder is turned off and the interview is over. The physician had just described a new protocol being introduced into the hospital and the impact it would have on wait times. He gave out a heavy sigh, and I asked if he was tired. He said no and explained he had his 65th birthday on the weekend.

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Autumn 'mysticism' can spur hunt back into recesses of time

Lasha Morningstar

September 22, 2014

September is a mystical time of year. It's a time of transformation. Flowers droop and die. Leaves trade their green for gold, scarlet, chestnut brown and flutter to the ground. Insects disappear, save for an angry wasp or two. Most birds move house, some flying south, others north. Some stay with us the whole year round. So out come the feeders – both seed and suet. Gutters are scrubbed clean, storm windows latched on and car winterized.

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Loss hides behind shadow of grief

Lasha Morningstar

September 8, 2014

It's been weeks now, but Robin Williams' death still spills teardrops of sadness into our thoughts. Almost everyone on Planet Earth was touched by his madcap humour that grabbed up our frazzled minds and took us away from worries that come with everyday life. Usually we have a certain favourite memory of this actor, be it Patch Adams, Dead Poets Society or when he would sandbag a talk show host with his brilliant but mad humour.

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Leave a proud legacy by resurrecting your dreams for life

Lasha Morningstar

August 25, 2014

Do you want that to be your legacy? A look of shock and confusion crossed my friend's face. She had just told me of how long she had been at her job. Decades. I asked her how much longer she planned to be there. She said she did not know, that it depended on the machinations of the company.

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Gov't contempt for refugees drives mom to abort her baby

Lasha Morningstar

July 21, 2014

It was hitting 3 a.m. CBC radio kept me company. Half listening, my mind tackled a myriad of mini-problems. The man being interviewed on the radio raised his voice. I started to listen. Impassioned, at times strident, obviously a medical doctor, he told the interviewer the story of a patient. A legitimate refugee from Africa, mother of three children, she was joyfully expecting her fourth wee one.

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