When Drugs are Bad

Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls. Anaïs Nin Since I was a child, I was made to fear drugs. The message had been hammered into my head over and over – by my teachers, parents, […]

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The Awara Generation

  To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society. Theodore Roosevelt Less than a generation ago, I’d have been considered a blasphemer and a degenerate of the highest degree. In my native Urdu, the best word to use is awara. It describes someone who is […]

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The Fear

On the Day the sky is like molten brass and the mountains like tufts of colored wool. No good friend will ask about his friend even though they can see each other. An evildoer will wish he could ransom himself from the punishment of that Day, by means of his sons, or his wife or […]

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Politics and Pina Coladas

    We live in interesting times. I’m constantly reading and trying to keep up to date with all of the world’s happenings. Getting to the heart of a matter and developing insights takes a great deal of time and thought. Once in a while, I like to get my thoughts written down. Here’s a […]

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Pigs

  Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. Frederick Douglass There was a time in my life when I wanted to grow up […]

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True Colours

  “You’re actually friends with that smelly Paki?” Nick might not remember at this point, but I do. I don’t exactly remember what happened next. Nick might’ve punched the kid in the head, or maybe he annihilated the kid by launching into a vicious tirade in Greek. Probably the latter in this instance since we […]

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Glorious and Free

    I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all […]

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