This marvellous book follows a week-long conversation between two dear friends when Desmond Tutu visited the Dalai Lama at his adopted home in India in 2015. Both have experienced immense hardship but are able to model amazing joy. Writer Douglas Abrams brings to life their conversations on how that’s possible in a beautiful, often lyrical way.
My Valentine's Gift for supporting the Surrey Community Cat Coalition
Valentine’s Day can be difficult if you’re single, but this year it was lovely. It began with a huge heart-shaped box of chocolates, a prize for donating to the Surrey Community Cat Coalition. My love and concern for homeless cats was returned in a tasty gift.
Local snowdrops bring cheer on wintry days
An instrument of torture used to kill Jesus, the cross seems central to the Christian faith. Is there a way to see it that is uplifting rather than depressing? Can we apply it to our own trying times?
My radical reading in the 1980s
We wore soft cream-coloured raincoats over our undergarments. I had watched others being baptized at the front of the sanctuary for years, wishing I was tall enough not to drown. Now I was ready.
Breakfast this morning with fresh pineapple from Hawaii
My recipe for oatmeal comes with a story. When my parents arrived in Canada as refugees in 1949, they ate a lot of oatmeal, sometimes three times a day when there was nothing else. They had to repay their travel costs and there was no government support, so what money my father earned went to paying back the loan and supporting my mother and the children.
Campbell Valley Regional Park, the site of some risky driving behaviour
We can’t always avoid crashing, but our attitude and even prayer can protect us. As I’ve seen the devastating impacts of road crashes, when I drive, I often pray for a safe journey. I recently learned a more powerful way to pray.
Irene Plett is a writer, poet and animal lover living in South Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.