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2012 July

Late Night Thoughts on the Eaton Center Shooting

On 22, Jul 2012 | No Comments | In Articles--Open for Discussion | By yoniqua

A very powerful read. The author depicts her actions and emotions surrounding a near-death experience. The chilling irony is that this past week, this author was one of those gunned down in the Batman movie shooting. She did not live to write about another near-death experience, but she most definitely appreciated every moment from the time she escaped death until death succeeded in claiming her.

By: Jessica Redfield

Source: Jessica’s Blog

Date: June 5, 2012

I can’t get this odd feeling out of my chest. This empty, almost sickening feeling won’t go away. I noticed this feeling when I was in the Eaton Center in Toronto just seconds before someone opened fire in the food court. An odd feeling which led me to go outside and unknowingly out of harm‘s way. It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around how a weird feeling saved me from being in the middle of a deadly shooting.

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I Am Not Like Other Girls

On 12, Jul 2012 | No Comments | In Articles--Open for Discussion | By yoniqua

The author shares a very objective view of how she lives, feels, and operates. A good read. It resonates with many readers, myself included, because we all want to stand out for our uniqueness but also want to be a member of the collective human race.

Compelling read.

By Chelsea Fagan

Source: Thought Catalogue

I am not like other girls. I have interests that range from the intellectual to the deliciously superficial. I enjoy reading Stephen Hawking, and watching the Real Housewives. I wear glasses sometimes, and other times I don’t. More often than I’d like, I forget to take off my makeup before I go to sleep and I wake up looking like a melting panda bear with these crusty black circles underneath my eyes. I enjoy sitting in corners by windowsills and drinking a cup of tea with a good book in front of me that I can get lost in for hours, for days. This scenario is greatly improved if it’s raining outside. I enjoy rain against my window.

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Dressing With Faith, Not Heat, in Mind

On 06, Jul 2012 | No Comments | In Articles--Open for Discussion | By yoniqua

This article is great because it artfully describes the lifestyles of very different groups of people whose lives intersect on the street.

Any opinion you have is based on the context conjured in your mind when confronted with an idea. For one person, an added layer of clothing is uncomfortable because it traps heat inside his body, while for another, the added layer shields his body from the sun’s rays. It’s all about your context.

I especially like Rabbi Shea Hecht’s quote here . . . read below!


Published: June 28, 2012
When the mercury passes 90, most New Yorkers start to wilt. Many resort to shorts and tank tops, even in the office. More than a few bankers and lawyers reach for their seersuckers.

Yet amid all the casual summer wear, in some neighborhoods more than others, Hasidic men wear dark three-piece suits crowned by black hats made of rabbit fur, and Hasidic women outfit themselves in long-sleeved blouses and nearly ankle-length skirts. To visibly cooler New Yorkers, they can look painfully overdressed.

Some New Yorkers who are not Hasidic surely ask themselves: How on earth do they stay cool?

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