Entries by cfiokanagan

Considering the Departure

My job as a housekeeper at the hospital offers some insights into facts of life that are, for many people, quite unfamiliar and uncomfortable. For me, after years of working in hospitals and nursing homes, most of it is not a big deal anymore — the places of aging and sickness and healing, the hospital gowns and […]

Quotes for a Freethinker

 By Tania Kuehn At some point during my late teens, I started collecting quotes– quotes from books, greeting cards, presentations, songs, everywhere and anywhere. I’d write them on scraps of paper and place them in a box, not sure what to do with them. Sometime in my late 20s or so, I re-wrote or glued them into a notebook. I […]

Citizens For Property Tax Fairness

The following information was written by Kelowna Citizens for Property Tax  Fairness. It is for educational purposes only. Property taxes are taxes that citizens pay to receive all sorts of services from our local municipality and regional district. However, the municipality provides exemptions for qualifying, Kelowna-based, registered non-profit and charitable organizations using property for municipal, […]

A Skeptic’s Reading List

Christmas gift ideas for the skeptic on your list! Up until a few years ago, I thought that I would always wear the “Christian” label. I never doubted that all the components of my religious faith would be a huge part of my life until, well, the Lord called me Home. When that faith began slipping […]

Re-thinking the Music

Re-thinking the Music by Tania K. A purple sky to close the day I wade the surf where dolphins play The taste of salt, the dance of waves And my soul wells up with hallelujahs A few days ago, a familiar song popped into my head — Chris Rice’s “Hallelujahs.” It’s a song I first […]

Letting Go

Last night was one of those rare nights when I did not fall asleep two seconds after turning out the light. Instead of picking up a book or flipping through a magazine, I chose Facebook. Probably not the most calming thing to do, that sneak-peek into others’ lives, which inspires a host of feelings from surprise to jealousy to […]

Nina

Name: Nina Birthplace: Chicago What type of work have you done? I have owned a business for the past 23 years but I have also worked with kids,  given parenting courses,  facilitated restorative justice circles and have worked with several non-profit groups. How would you identify yourself in terms of religion/spirituality? Human What are some of your reasons […]

If I were to tell you…

If I were to tell you that I no longer attend church, I hope that you’d pause for a minute. I hope that for a minute, you’d suspend words and emotions and…pause. I might then tell you that it’s been a year and half since I attended a Sunday morning church service. That I’d decided on that […]

White Sandals

(I wrote this back in 2012; a recent conversation reminded me of the sandals story again.)  Sometimes we’re taught, by well-meaning people, things that are not true, things that in the end may hurt us and shatter our worlds. Things that, when scrutinized, do not stand the test of time. And I am reminded of the white […]

Dear Parents of Children Who Have Left the Church,

I want to begin by saying, “I’m sorry.” I’m sorry that this has been a source of such concern for you. I’m sorry that this has been the cause of so much sadness for the family. I’m sorry that there have been so many disagreements and arguments and long silences. I’m sorry that this has put up […]