The Light Behind My Eyes

It is dark. An inky, cavernous dark. I squeeze my eyes shut tighter an attempt to escape, perhaps. To hedge my bets against the ravenous night. Surely it can’t touch me here behind my eyes. But then my head, it runs jagged. Thought to thought, fear to fear. A power that lives outside of me […]

This is a Love Story

This is a love story. But it starts with a heartbreak. A few weeks ago, my friend Emily found out that she wasn’t in the marriage she thought she had for the past three years. It turns out, her husband had been choosing someone else for the better part of two years, and that someone […]

First Steps on my Reconciliation Journey

By Kathleen Bertrand For most of my life, I have been privileged enough that injustice seemed to be somewhere else. I grew up in a middle class neighbourhood in a suburb of Vancouver. My family looked like families I saw on TV and read about in books: a white mum and dad, living in a […]

Stronger Together

They say it takes a village to raise a child. I am convinced that it also takes a village to raise a grownup. We need each other desperately.   I’m usually pretty good at sorting things out but a while back I had a conundrum I couldn’t work out. I was torn between what I […]

The Light of a True Friend

When John and I first started hanging out, we’d talk on the phone most evenings after I put my children to bed. After my divorce, I lived with a friend who owned a gigantic house. I turned my bedroom into a studio-type apartment—a bed, a round table for the kids to do homework, a couch, […]