Tag: colombia

Donuts and Mining: Canadian Elections, Trade, and Foreign Policy

I was in a grocery store in a small Colombian city the other day, hoping against hoping to find the elusive holy grail of imports: cheddar cheese. While I did not find any cheese, what I did come across was even more unlikely. There, in the middle of the bakery section, were stacks of boxed

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Reincarnating Francis

For not being at all Catholic, Saint Francis of Assisi keeps appearing in my life in strange ways. The first time was during my freshman year at university, when I went to a meeting of the International Social Justice Club. The  leaders passed around green cards printed with the Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi.

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As If

When I used to sit on street corners in Mampujan and drink apple flavoured pink pop with my neighbours, the conversation sometimes turned to the months and years directly after the community’s displacement in 2000. People would tell me about multiple families living together in one classroom of the Maria la Baja school, poorer than

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Jello for Breakfast, Rice the Rest of the Time

Every lunch and dinner at the conference last month included a giant bowl of iceberg lettuce. There were different dressings and toppings for the lettuce at each meal. If that had been the only vegetable option, it would have been a little sad. Instead, there were generally at least two other veggie choices and I

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Just Trying to Fit In (or Not)

“A society is an act of communal imagination and belonging is the outcome of that imaginative act.”  Adrienne Clarkson The first time I heard the word Mennonite, it sounded like belonging.  As my parents explained their ancestral history, of coming to Canada as refugees from war and revolution in Russia, I gained access to an

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