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April Bulmer

April Bulmer’s newest book of poetry is called Women of the Cloth (Black Moss Press) and celebrates a syncretism of Christianity and paganism. She holds Master’s degrees in creative writing, religious studies and theological studies.

Correctional Services: Women and Mental Health

February 11, 2015

In the Victorian era, a quarter of women housed at the Toronto Queen Street Asylum were diagnosed with female trouble–menstrual disorders, childbirth issues, lactation, miscarriage, uterine issues and other natural conditions. These illnesses were sometimes regarded as the causes of what was considered insanity, according to a researcher at Female criminals (often described as […]

Freedom Fighters: Exploring the free will argument

January 13, 2015

The concept of free will is the central feature of our constitution, our judicial system, our press and other various forms of media. Our political ideals imply that we are not puppets on strings manipulated by the hand of God, but free agents who are subject to moral responsibility, blame, punishment and our own guilt. […]

I love Lucy

December 7, 2014

“Ex Tenebris Lux” or “Out of Darkness, Light” was St. Lucia’s motto. Lucia or Lucy means light and bears the same root as “lucid” which suggests clear radiance. St. Lucia (283-304) is patron saint of the blind and those with eye trouble, as well as patron saint of Syracuse, Sicily where she was born. She […]

Paying and Praying: The Spiritual Implications of Money

February 4, 2014

In her transformative book The Soul of Money, fundraiser and global spiritual activist Lynne Twist explores the metaphor of water to invoke the essence of money.  “Money flows through our lives,” she writes, “sometimes like a rushing river, and sometimes like a trickle.  When it is flowing, it can purify, cleanse, create growth, and nourish.  […]