The common bonds of humankind unite us

Soldiers in 1914 left the trenches to celebrate Christmas because what makes us different is superficial – much more unites than divides us

The common bonds of humankind unite usPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. Dec. 22, 2016/Troy Media/ – Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl tells us, “There are two races of men in the world, but only these two – the ‘race’ of decent men and the ‘race’ of indecent men. Both are found everywhere; they penetrate into all groups of society.” This was discovered by as many…

Just why were mommy and Santa under the mistletoe?

Oh, those beloved Christmas songs – with subtext so deep that they expose the very darkest of human secrets

NEW YORK, Dec. 18, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Another Christmas is upon us. It’s that special time of year when loved ones gather to create lasting memories that will provide fodder for therapists to work with for years to come. But it’s also about the songs. If we just thought for a moment about the kind…

Post-truth, the alt-right and the nativity

In a growing climate of suspicion and hatred, the scene at the stable can be an inspiration for more harmonious human interactions

Post-truth, the alt-right and the nativityTRAIL, B.C. Dec. 15, 2016/ Troy Media/ – It's rare for me to feel embarrassed about being a Christian. But watching media interview American Christians who supported Donald Trump, I was embarrassed. I simply couldn't reconcile the poisonous and frequently false rhetoric of the president-elect with the implications of the Gospel message. During the Christmas season,…

Body language tips for the holiday office party

While a great opportunity to socialize with co-workers, a holiday get-together can also quickly turn into a career-limiting event

Body language tips for the holiday office partyThe holiday office party offers a great opportunity to socialize with co-workers, meet new people, and develop or deepen relationships. However, a holiday get-together can also quickly turn into a career-limiting event, unless you understand the do's and don'ts of appropriate behaviour. The desire to relax and have fun can be a highly anticipated, positive antidote…

The real work of Christmas begins after Christmas

The season of giving should remind us how to live the rest of the year

The real work of Christmas begins after ChristmasThe company has gone. The tree flops sadly at the curbside. The decorations are stowed away for another year. As we resume our normal activities, the feel-good generosity and goodwill of Christmas fade. With the Salvation Army kettles out of sight, the needs of others are out of mind. Howard Thurman, an African American whose…

Christmas books for the history buff

Pat Murphy's shopping suggestions to satisfy the history buff on your list

Christmas books for the history buffIf your Christmas shopping list includes a history buff who hasn’t yet been provided for, don’t panic. Here’s a handful of 2015 titles that might solve your problem. The English and Their History (Robert Tombs) At almost 900 pages of text followed by copious notes, this certainly qualifies as a doorstopper. But that shouldn’t put…
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