December 18, 2016

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons I don’t usually write movie reviews, but I think it’s time to break the norm a little bit. As an avid Star Wars fan, I feel like it’s almost a duty of mine to share my thoughts on one of the most anticipated films of 2016 – ROGUE ONE: A Star Wars Story. (more…) Read more

October 24, 2016

Image credit: pixabay.com I am probably one of the most informal persons I know. Growing up in a religious home, it was always the norm to dress up in my Sunday best for church. While most days I highly dreaded looking all dapper, I realized the importance of looking presentable in public – whether it may be at church, at school, at special events or even on a date with a significant other. I was raised with the mindset that I do not… Read more

October 13, 2016

Image credit: Flickr I’m Canadian. Our federal and provincial governments operate on a very different formula than those of our American neighbours. Our political systems are far from perfect, and there will always be room for more improvement as time and generations pass by. Last year we had both our federal and provincial elections within months apart from each other. The floodgates of unprincipled passion, uninformed opinions, ad hominem rhetoric and wax intelligence spewed like an angry volcano on social media. The constant… Read more

September 29, 2016

Image credit: maxpixel.net During my junior high school years, I was often the target of excessive bullying and harassment. As a kid who was born in the 80’s, it wasn’t uncommon to hear homophobic slurs tossed around among my peers at school, whether they were done jokingly or as a personal attack. Admittedly, I have been guilty of partaking in the use of this language myself. But there was something utterly humiliating about being called these names, as though to imply my worthlessness as… Read more

August 29, 2016

Image credit: Flickr Last year I lost my father-in-law to terminal esophageal cancer. He had been having difficulties swallowing food in the fall of 2014. As ingesting food gradually became more and more difficult, he was admitted into the hospital in February 2015 and promptly received the endoscopy he had been scheduled for on a later date. At first glance, the doctors immediately determined the tumour in his throat was cancerous. Long story short, after several complications with in-hospital treatment, he passed… Read more

August 25, 2016

Image credit: maxpixel.net A friend of mine once embarked on a missions trip to Honduras to perform building repairs on a local church. He told me a sad story about one of the men he worked with on his missionary team. The man left his wife and kids behind at home because he was convinced God had apparently told him to go on global missionary work. As a result, his wife divorced him and took the kids with her, leaving him to perform the… Read more

August 9, 2016

Image credit: Flickr When I was 17, I attended a youth bible retreat in the first weekend of my grade 12 year. A charismatic guest preacher and I found ourselves discussing hard rock and heavy metal music in the dining hall. After explaining to him that I was an avid fan of KoRn and Slipknot he exclaimed to me, “If you’re looking for an awesome Christian alternative to those bands, you need to check out Toby Mac! He’s pretty heavy and he’s… Read more

June 27, 2016

Image credit: pixabay.com I have friends who have told me stories about some dangerous encounters they’ve had with strangers. Many women I know have been approached in public by intimidating men who would give them unwanted attention, even to go as far as trying to manipulate them into doing what they want against their will. In many of these instances, ignoring them is not always an effective tactic in drawing these bozos away. So another option would be to lie to them that… Read more

May 20, 2016

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons I love music. I’ve collected CD’s since I was 13. I am well into my 30’s and before I started selling them I probably had over 600 albums in my own library, including all my favorite artists ranging from Alice In Chains to ZZ Top. Like most people I know, hearing an old favorite song takes me on a trip down memory lane. Every album I’ve owned reflects a memory or an era of my life,… Read more

May 6, 2016

Image credit: Flickr I’ve been to my share of rock and metal shows. My buddy and I would often try to weasel our way between the crammed bodies to be at the very front of the stage. Oftentimes when the crowd is feeling the music just right, things can get pretty crazy. People begin to bounce off each other and the crowd intensity matches the performance of the band on stage. (more…) Read more

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