The Red Couch: Blood Brothers Discussion

Naïvely, I have always viewed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in terms of Jews and Muslims. The descendants of Isaac and the descendants of Ishmael. Of course, nothing is as black and white and the conflict over Israel and Palestine impacts many more people than those two particular groups. Elias Chacour’s memoir, Blood Brothers reminds me again […]

Parable of a Peacemaker

Jealousy came knocking today. I wasn’t planning to have her over for tea, but such is the case with our relationship. She just shows up and I have to decide: do I let her in and we have a proper conversation or do I ignore her and try to pretend that everything is ok. Knock, […]

Our Daughters are Watching

In February, I had the opportunity to attend Rise Up, Sister! in Chiliwack, BC. We spent four days sharing our stories and discussing issues of justice and equality and collectively raising the voice of women in the world. It was an empowering and yet comforting time and I am deeply changed by the time spent in […]

Love Thy Neighbour

I am not a very good neighbour. We’ve lived in this rented house for nearly 18 months, and I know the names of just two of our neighbours. I know the old man who lives next door, who mumbles so badly I understand only about 20% of what he says. Most of our relationship is him […]

Choosing the Right Outfit for Therapy

“Does this outfit say ‘mentally stable’ to you?” My husband turns and stares incredulously. Not at the outfit, mind you. At me. “What are you talking about?” “Nothing.” Sigh. “Never mind.” I turn back to the mirror. Olive green khaki pants, a soft long-sleeved waffle shirt, sporty jacket, and my white Adidas shoes. If these […]