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Lasha Morningstar

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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You too can make a choice to be happy

Lasha Morningstar

July 7, 2014

The sentence startled me. "You have the right to be happy." I was reading that proclamation somewhere, don't know where or in what context. Probably in the Saturday Globe or a news magazine. But the words sat in the back of my consciousness like a nagging toothache. What is happy? Dogs romping in the dog park. A toddler flying down a slide. An elderly couple walking hand in hand down the sidewalk.

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We need strategies to help cope with the rising cost of living

Lasha Morningstar

June 23, 2014

No, it's not your imagination. Food does cost more. Even pet food brings a "my gosh!" to shoppers' lips. TD-Canada Trust economists predict our food bill will rise eight per cent this year. Utility bills, no matter how much one tries to cut down, climb. And were you sitting down when you opened your city tax bill? If you live in one of the areas where you really got hit, you wonder "How am I going to handle this?"

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