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Lasha Morningstar

Sr. Annata takes caring spirit to Halifax

Lasha Morningstar
September 26, 2016

Tears slip down my cheeks at the most inconvenient times. All of a sudden the fact my precious Sister Annata has left comes to mind. Sister Annata Brockman has reached the stage in her life when it is time for her to return to her motherhouse in Halifax. For whatever reason, I had never anticipated this. In the past 25 years she has always been there. I first met her when colleague Paul DeGroot recommended I call her when I was beginning my spiritual journey to Roman Catholicism.

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Tragically Hip give a lesson on how to say 'thank you'

Lasha Morningstar
September 12, 2016

The Tragically Hip last month finished their Canada Man Machine Poem cross-country tour much to the bittersweet delight of their passionate fans. It is bitter because frontman Gord Downie is battling brain cancer which his doctors say is terminal. The Hip's emotion-packed performances in Canadian cities allowed us to say thank you to them, and they sang and strummed out their thank you to us.

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Nurturing our relationship with nature brings untold blessings

Lasha Morningstar
August 29, 2016

Waves gently wash against the shoreline. Cattails stand at attention in thick protective clusters. Breezes wafting across the undulating water evoke long forgotten memories. Welcome to the Edmonton Archdiocese's Camp Encounter. Given the water and peace, it is just like being at a cottage. Cottage life, in my Ontario childhood, was the summertime norm. It was such a ritual most of us believed it was a given. Legal arguments are now making the Ontario news pages when siblings fight over who gets the family cottage when their parents die.

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St. Kateri helps us find our way

Lasha Morningstar
August 15, 2016

The way God opens my heart is often amazing. St. Kateri is his latest gift to me. Certainly I had heard of St. Kateri, especially when she was made a saint. Dubbed the Lily of the Mohawks, her canonization was welcomed by North American Aboriginal peoples. Finally, they had a saint from among their own people. I had read of her story, of her resolute bravery in determining to become a Catholic, of her determination not to marry but to devote her life to Christ.

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Following the rules helps minimize mistakes

Lasha Morningstar
July 11/25, 2016

Mistakes are horrid. They happen usually when one is rushed, careless or does not follow the rules. These can range from violating rules of the road to society's rules, to family rules, to religious rules, to workplace rules and even rules about rules. Discipline slips. Or, one does not follow the system they have made for themselves. A mistake is made. When that happens one feels such shame, remorse. Apologies fly to the point of anguish. You vow to never break a certain rule again.

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Following the rules helps minimize mistakes

Lasha Morningstar
July 11, 2016

Mistakes are horrid. They happen usually when one is rushed, careless or does not follow the rules. These can range from violating rules of the road to society's rules, to family rules, to religious rules, to workplace rules and even rules about rules. Discipline slips. Or, one does not follow the system they have made for themselves. A mistake is made. When that happens one feels such shame, remorse. Apologies fly to the point of anguish. You vow to never break a certain rule again.

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Shortness of life should spur us to make our dreams come true

Lasha Morningstar
June 27, 2016

Life is finite. Easy to read that little sentence, isn't it? It is true. It is factual. But it seems to be one of those realities that never apply to oneself - that is, until a close friend or relative dies. It can also come to the forefront when someone starts talking about their bucket list. These are things a person wants to do before they reach the end of their days. Usually their wishes delight their senses. Practicality usually is never included, things like trotting to the lawyer and making out a will that includes trust funds for children and/or pets.

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Stop frittering and make a plan

Lasha Morningstar
June 13, 2016

Fritter is perhaps an old fashioned word (except for those yummy apple fritters). That is sad because it is what so many of us do with our lives. It is that feeling that creeps up at the end of the day when you are lying in bed trying to get to sleep and the nagging realization seeps in that your day, or at least part of it, has been wasted. I call it squirrel time.

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Heroes aplenty step forward in wake of McMurray blaze

Lasha Morningstar
May 30, 2016

The word "hero" is rarely used in everyday jargon. But with the dramatic events surrounding the Fort McMurray fire, the word "hero" comes easily to one's lips. Open the dictionary, and you find hero means someone who "does great and brave things." I think, however, a hero is someone who steps outside of their comfort zone to do good, to right a wrong. The element of bravery is implied.

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Gardening is my secret for turning winter into spring

Lasha Morningstar
May 16, 2016

Springtime and the living is busy. Of course, the usual dusty duties demand to be dealt with. The secret to keeping this season of rebirth joyful is to turn winter-weary eyes to the garden. That place of growth can be anything from the front flower and vegetable beds to a plot of land borrowed from a friend or a neighbour's flower pot on the window sill. Flowers and herbs are beautiful. They fragrantly nourish the soul with their beauty and, in the case of herbs and some flowers, their taste.

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