Tag: family

WHEN THE INTERNET HAS ITS SAY ON EMPATHY

WHEN THE INTERNET HAS ITS SAY ON EMPATHY

What a week. On September 3rd, the Toronto Star released an article written by Amy Dempsey about my relationship with a Texas Death Row inmate named Ramiro Gonzales.  I had thought the story was going to be buried in the Life section.  It was a little crazy seeing Ramiro and me smiling from the front page. …

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WE ARE ALL BROKEN BONES

WE ARE ALL BROKEN BONES

Today was bittersweet. I’ve spent 10 hours over the past few days visiting with my friend, Ramiro Gonzales.  Ramiro is currently on Texas Death Row for a crime he committed when he was 18 years old.  Today was originally set to be his execution day. But I should back up… Saturday night I drove the 90 minutes …

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SOMETIMES (CHURCH) FAMILY IS HARD

SOMETIMES (CHURCH) FAMILY IS HARD

Intention. Love. Time. Today was a difficult day. As many of you know, my family and I belong to a United Church congregation in Toronto. Today, our congregation voted on whether to continue the pastoral relationship with our lead minister. We were basically voting on whether or not this minister should be fired.