Circle of Healing

In a month or so, the red brick exterior of the house down the road will no longer peek between the naked walnut tree branches in my back yard. A froth of new buds will emerge, gradually masking it behind a fresh canopy of green leaves. But when I look through my kitchen window, I’ll still know it’s there. And looking out will remind me that for the people who live in that red brick … continued…

Behind the Mask

Today is Orange Shirt Day, a day marking the impact of Indian Residential Schools in Canada, “a day for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.” In honour of this event, I share the story of my encounter with one residential school survivor.   The mask illustrates his story, Isadore Charters tells me. Bold, wide strokes of red paint … continued…