Broad Shoulders

I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders. Proverb The last year or so has probably been the most stressful of my life. There have been some ups and downs, as there always are, but it’s been a bumpy ride from start to finish. Thinking about the year I had and the […]

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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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Ramadan Resolutions

  However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? Gautama Buddha Ramadan has always been and felt like a special time. Growing up in Quebec, there really wasn’t much ado about any religious holidays other than Christmas and Easter […]

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Goodbye Gordon Gekko

We have created a manic world nauseous with the pursuit of material wealth. Many also bear their cross of imagined deprivation, while their fellow human beings remain paralyzed by real poverty. We drown in the thick sweetness of our sensual excess, and our shameless opulence, while our discontent souls suffocate in the arid wasteland of […]

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Islam À La Carte

Half-heartedness doesn’t reach into majesty. You set out to find God, but then you keep stopping for long periods at meanspirited roadhouses. Maulana Rumi If we were all perfect believers, there would be no need for mosques, churches, synagogues, or temples. There would never have been a need for any prophet or messenger after the […]

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My Constant

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about. Maulana Rumi For a few days now I’ve been wrestling with a number of topics to write about. I’ve hit a major writer’s block now that my semester […]

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