A contrast of calm and chaos: the Robert Vander Plaats Hearts and Tears exhibit
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A contrast of calm and chaos: the Robert Vander Plaats Hearts and Tears exhibit

As stated by the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario, some of the myths associated with this specific disorder include the belief that the person diagnosed with schizophrenia is violent, lazy or irresponsible, morally weak, and untreatable. This couldn’t be further from the truth in the experiences of the late Robert Vander Plaats, an artist whose works were featured at the recent Hearts and Tears Exhibit in Hamilton, Ontario.

Peer-to-peer lending:
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Peer-to-peer lending:

The internet will certainly, if it hasn’t already, change the way people of all nations communicate, learn about one another and struggle to share the gifts God has bestowed upon them in Christ-honouring ways. Whether it is at the exotic bazaar or local prayer meeting, in person or online, Christians will continue to engage timely trends with eternal wisdom.

The poetry of a life
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The poetry of a life

Even when I have conducted funerals for those who were complete strangers to me, I have discovered that I can “get to know them” by asking the same kind of questions I have learned to ask when I meet new people. Where were they from? What were their families like? What did they do? A surprisingly revealing question is often: What were their interests and hobbies?

A perilous pilgrimage: Egypt’s journey beyond revolution
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A perilous pilgrimage: Egypt’s journey beyond revolution

In celebrated Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz’s The Journey of Ibn Fattouma, we meet the traveller for whom the book is named, a man from a troubled land who embarks on a quest for answers. Following his teacher’s advice, Ibn Fattouma sets out on pilgrimage to the unknown “land of perfection” with the hope of returning “to [his] ailing homeland with a remedy to heal her.”