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Lasha Morningstar

Pope Francis met with Congress, convicts - wise ones listened

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October 12, 2015

Twitter chatter and main stream secular media dubbed him the Rock Star Pope. Indeed, Pope Francis took the media,the U.S. Congress, New York and Phildelphia by storm. Crowds, hungry for spiritual nourishment, roared with delight calling out "Viva Papa" as he passed by in a motorcade, fell pin-drop silent in a million plus open air Mass.

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Unresolved grief can lead to an actual broken heart (attack)

Lasha Morningstar
October 12, 2015

Grief is a tsunami of emotions. Loss abounds throughout life. Loss of friends, family, marriage, work, community, belief systems. On it goes. One of the major challenges is that, too often, we do not realize we are grieving. Easy to do. Society roars along as it deals with rampant change. Stopping, or even allowing time to take the side road to work through grief, is forbidden in today's society.

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Speak out to save the lives of refugees

Lasha Morningstar
September 28, 2015

Tears rolled down my cheeks. The photo of Aylan Kurdi's lifeless body lying crumpled on the Turkish beach had loaded onto my computer screen. That heart-breaking image put a face on the news stories blanketing the media about the waves of African and Middle Eastern refugees fleeing their war-torn countries.

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Autumn's tapestry ushers in a season of rest and hope

Lasha Morningstar
September 14, 2015

A tawny golden leaf fluttered to my feet. I looked at the tree and said to it, "Are you kidding?" She wasn't. As if to make the case fall is here, summer is blessing us with her last roses, the perennials are having their final hurrah and the grass does not need to be cut each week. Now golden leaves dot the lawn. Only a few at first. Then more and more. So I get out my rake and gather them all up as if that would delay fall.

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Beware the pusher! He has no conscience

Lasha Morningstar
August 31, 2015

No matter how many times I read it, the words stayed the same. "The music was good. The band really rocked. "Thankfully, part of my brain was still unpolluted, and I knew something was dreadfully wrong. The time was years ago. I was an entertainment writer working in another city. The concert I was assigned to review was fabulous. But there I sat, an hour after the band's final set, too stunned to write.

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Digging out roots of family tree uncovers unexpected treasure

Lasha Morningstar
August 17, 2015

Doctors scratched their heads in bewilderment as they tried to puzzle out why a young female relative kept dashing to the biffy. The woman scanned the relatives she knew in search of any genetic history that would let the medics understand what was happening to her. Nothing. Then she mentioned it to me. A lightbulb moment happened to me days later.

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Trust is crucial in world overflowing with broken promises

Lasha Morningstar
July 27, 2015

His sky-blue eyes twinkled. Chuckles rumbled up from his generous tummy. "Oh come now, Lasha," said the kind-hearted rabbi. "Surely you would forgive a man for one little mistake?" I was taking a Mishna class – the study of Jewish law – and the topic of unfaithfulness in marriage came up. All in the class said yes they would forgive their partner if they strayed.

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Sunny summers at the lake bring golden memories

Lasha Morningstar
July 13, 2015

We wanted it. Remember those brutal days of winter when we muttered to each other, "Edmonton has two seasons, winter and construction." As the tired but true saying goes, be careful what we wish for. Now the pendulum has swung too far the other way. Drought is withering crops in the farmers' fields. The homeless are suffering. A little known fact is the majority of the deaths of street people happen because of heat, not winter's cold.

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Banging on the door marks new terror in old neighbourhood

Lasha Morningstar
June 29, 2015

Thunderous banging on my front door. It's going on 2 a.m. Tuesday. My dog Poppy flies off the bed, barking and growling. Me? I'm more angry than afraid. I call through the door, demanding in a not very nice voice, "Who is it?" "City Police," came back the ready answer.

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Focus on royals diverts attention from negative news

Lasha Morningstar
June 1, 2015

I once wondered why my mother kept a scrapbook of photos of the royal family. She would cut out the candid and posed shots from newspapers and magazines and paste them in big, blue scrapbooks. The scrapbooks were for her eyes and hands only. But I would catch glimpses of the pages when she would sit at the library table in the living room, gluepot and scissors at the ready, leafing through The Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, and Life Magazine.

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