Entries by KASHA

Keepsake Notebooks….

In my mom’s apartment, there is a desk with a not-quite-matching chair. On a shelf above the desk, a bit to the right, there are now about a dozen notebooks. The notebooks are similar in size – about 6″ by 8″ and about 100 pages each. They’re different colours, and some are plain while others have patterned covers. They’re cheap […]

Daniel Mallett

Birthplace:  Edmonton, Alberta What type of work do you do? You mean when I’m not busy volunteering for the KASHA board?  I’m a computer scientist by education so pay the bills designing enterprise software systems and fixing them when they inevitably break. Those who say AI will take over the world need to see a […]

Tea Bag Tag Advice for a New Year

I haven’t made a New Year’s resolution in years, and this year wasn’t an exception. It’s too much of a guarantee and too much of a letdown that the momentum of that resolution will run out by about January 8. If I haven’t been able to conquer some ongoing unhealthy habit for months or perhaps […]

The Mystery of the Missing Horoscope

I regularly read local news on Castanet, but was always dismayed to see the Horoscope section prominently displayed along with important news. So, I decided to write to Castanet. Maybe my letter was never even opened. Maybe it was one of many that were sent in. Maybe it was the little push needed to convince editors […]

Commercialism… The True Meaning of Christmas?

Being an Atheist, my husband often talks about the ridiculousness of holidays like Christmas. “So, you don’t want any gifts?” I’d ask him. Turns out he only wants the gifts. It was true – we were mainly celebrating the commercialism part of Christmas. Sure, we were slightly more generous over the Christmas holidays but that […]

Daily Courier columnist right about prayers at council meetings

Previously published in Daily Courier  Nov. 21 Editor: I want to congratulate Ron Seymour on his thoughtful, and in my opinion enlightened, piece in The Daily Courier’s Nov 5 edition regarding prayers at inaugurations. It is high time all our town and city councils comply with the Supreme Court ruling against prayer in the public […]

Secular Gratitude

Do you ever find yourself in an awkward position where a spiritual grace is being said and you are conflicted about whether you should bow your head, clasp your hands, and close your eyes…out of ‘respect’ or a feeling of some sort of obligation? Holiday season means more family dinners and company work parties… what […]

Educational Links from Electoral Reform Discussion

On October 26th, we had Dr. Andrew Irvine (No-PR) and Dr. Wayne Broughton (Yes- PR) present their perspectives on the upcoming referendum on changing our electoral system from First Past the Post to a form of Proportional Representation. They have kindly shared their references from their respective presentations.  Elections BC must RECEIVE your ballot before […]

Understanding Medical Assistance in Dying

Dying with Dignity Canada is the national non-profit organization committed to improving quality of dying, protecting end of life rights and helping Canadians avoid unwanted suffering.  DWD defends human rights by advocating  for assisted dying rules that respect the Canadian constitution and the Charter of Rights and freedoms. DWD as an organization provide personal support […]

Alligator Pants Sewing Lessons

In the bottom of my bedroom closet, there is a box containing a sewing machine. I use it every once in a while to hem a pair of pants or fix a seam somewhere — no major projects anymore. But back in high school…shiny alligator-print faux leather pants? a long-sleeved autumnal dress with tons of buttons? a […]