Category Archives: All-Time Top Ten

Margaret’s Baby

..in a return to beginnings, I’ve gone back to some moments in my life that proved significant and poignant for me. One of those periods was a return home after time spent in childhood foster care… Continue reading

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Second Chances

There was an article in 1998 that warned young reporters were getting their careers turned around by getting too involved with their stories, sometimes even making up details.  I know it seems like a simple case of common sense to just not … Continue reading

Posted in All-Time Top Ten, Inspiration, Life, Life & Death, Reporting, Storytelling, Tribute, Writing | Tagged , , , , , | 29 Comments

White Default – This Is Only a Test, But Please Adjust Your Settings Accordingly

Close your eyes and imagine a fire fighter, then a police officer.  Next, imagine Santa Claus. Take in what you see. Imagine, Jesus. Yep, we all saw that same one,  didn’t we?  Long blondish-medium brown locks and blue eyes?  Why … Continue reading

Posted in All-Time Top Ten, Discrimination, Indigenous, Indigenous Peoples, Life, Opinion, Racism, White Default | Tagged , | 14 Comments

Washington Redskins Racism Cuts Far Deeper than Wanted For the Team Fans

It’s all so simple really, what’s at the bottom of the fight over changing the name of the Washington Redskin’s football team.  The real deal point that hits home the hardest about the debate is the word racist.  Not racism; … Continue reading

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Cherokee Nation Triples in One Week, & Don’t Call Me a Redskin

We should be impressed with how many people are well versed in Native American culture and history. It’s been amazing and enlightening to see all kinds of average citizens report and comment so expertly on First Nations and Aboriginal issues lately. Of course, this post isn’t really about how much is known about Native Americans as much as how deplorably inadequate our education about the cultures still are.

The story that has caused all this questionable commentary was the news that the U.S. Patent office revoked the name trademark for football team, the Washington Redskins. Continue reading

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My Mother, the Nun

Alright, my mother isn’t, and wasn’t ever, a nun.  She grew up wanting to be one, but life has a way of trading dreams on people, and I was the first trade-off. Her life wasn’t anywhere close to a serene … Continue reading

Posted in Achievements, All-Time Top Ten, family, Inspiration, Life, Non-Fiction, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing Challenges | Tagged , , , , , | 28 Comments

103 People Unfriended Her, How Many Would Do the Same to Me

I came across a Huffington post about a woman who posted pictures of herself on her Facebook wall that caused a collapse in her social circle.  The headline said “When Beth Posted These Images on Facebook, 103 People Unfriended Her”. … Continue reading

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Dejah is Soaring

The bagpipes were playing and the Red Serge of two RCMP officers were present when we arrived for the service.

Hundreds of us gathered to say goodbye for now to Dejah; our hearts heavy as we looked at each other knowing this made it more real. It was time to acknowledge that one of our babies had moved on. Continue reading

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Our Home and Native Braves

As Remembrance Day approaches, I am reminded of how profoundly I was moved by the Remembrance Day assembly at my son’s school last year. I found it particularly poignant for two reasons.

What I found initially striking was that the ceremony was presided over by all women, something I’d never seen before. Continue reading

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Dejah, The Warrior

I hardly know this young boy who impacted my life and so many others so profoundly. What kid is all that interested in their mother’s friends anyway? And so, I came to know him mostly through her, our Glo.

She is that quintessential statement of strength and courage, which can almost sound like a cliché, but it isn’t when it’s applied to a parent facing one of all our worst fears. Which is what happened to her and she, true to character, faced that nightmare fully and head-on.

He was only three years old when they were told… Continue reading

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