A Merry Muslim Christmas
Bridging Cultures

A Merry Muslim Christmas

This year, we had our first Ashraf Christmas dinner – halal turkey with all the trimmings! In England, whenever we were home over Christmas, we would put up our tree and enjoy the sparkly beauty of the tinsel and lights, and the festive, feel-good vibe. Usually though, the Christmas holiday period would be an opportunity to visit my husband’s family in Edinburgh, where there would be no tree, or gifts or Christmas dinner… Continue reading

The Spirit of Giving
Expat Life

The Spirit of Giving

After finishing his breakfast at the Lumberjack Restaurant, Windsor, a couple of weeks ago, an anonymous diner picked up the tab for the other twenty-odd patrons. According to waitress Tina Boomer, “He said, “Tell me what I owe, add $20 a head for each person in here and add an additional $40 for tipping.” The total was more than $500. He told staff not to tell anyone until he had left the building. Continue reading

The Intruder
Mental Health

The Intruder

She held her breath and wished she could quiet the sound of her heart beating. Heartbeats turned to seconds, seconds stretched into minutes, minutes conspired to convince her that it was just her imagination. She knew if she turned over, covered one ear by lying on her side, she might miss a sound, and somehow, it seemed important to keep watch, listening and waiting, facing the danger. So she stayed frozen, her nine-year-old imagination pulling her towards a widening maw of terror. Continue reading

Fed up of the Fords
Expat Life

Fed up of the Fords

Toronto city council has endorsed a private members bill calling for the government to make side under-run guards on large trucks mandatory. The bill comes a month after Jenna Morrison – a 38 year old mother of one, who was pregnant with her second child – was killed beneath the wheels of a truck at a street corner in Toronto. Continue reading