Tragedy of kids who died after falling from their home has struck again. In the latest case on June 4, a six-year-old girl plummeted 11 storeys down to the bottom of her HDB block at Ang Mo Kio. According to The Straits Times, a maid who lives in the opposite block said she heard the girl crying for her father about two hours before her fall. The maid, who gave her name only as Letecia, said: "She was crying for about 10 minutes at about 3pm. I could see her from the kitchen." She added that the window grilles in the kitchen were open. About an hour later, Ms Letecia, 53, heard the girl's cries again and saw her looking out of the kitchen window, seemingly in search of her father. The cries were heard again after 5pm when Ms Letecia was preparing dinner. This time, there was a loud sound before the cries suddenly stopped. When she looked out of the window, the girl was lying motionless on the ground, she said. It lead us to question: At what age is it appropriate for kids to be left … [Read more...] about Leaving kids alone at home: When is the right age?
Books must read before you die
By Sarah Murdoch Special to the Star Fri., May 10, 2019 A Mother’s Day gathering of five new books that take a look at moms in all their variety. What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence, edited by Michele Filgate This collection of 15 essays — 11 by women, four by men — concern the first person in our life: our mothers. Editor Michele Filgate begins with her own experience: what she and her mother don’t talk about is the fact that her mother chose her husband, Filgate’s stepfather, over her, by refusing to believe Filgate’s accusations of abuse. In the essays that follow, we meet all types of mothers — flawed, tortured, loving and loathed. Inevitably, reconciliation and forgiveness are major themes. The Changeling: A Memoir of My Death and Rebirth, My Haunted Childhood, and My Education in Sainthood and Sin, Gail Gallant On Aug. 15, 1955, an infant named Gail Gallant … [Read more...] about Arrivals: Five books for Mother’s Day
By Rick Salutin Star Columnist Thu., May 9, 2019 What’s there to say about Quebec’s Bill 21 on secularism, now being debated, that forbids figures like judges, cops and teachers(!) from “wearing religious symbols.” First: it’s Islamophobic. Second, it could be worse, it’s not nearly as crass as Stephen Harper’s “Barbaric Cultural Practices Act” was. Actually, for a bigoted law, it’s kind of gentle. Out of a certain Canadian-Quebecois fair-mindedness, it includes headgear bans on Jews and Sikhs too. It even says it’ll remove the blatantly Christian cross hanging in Quebec’s legislature. It also “grandfathers” headgear rights of current teachers, cops etc., though not if they’re promoted or change jobs. The premise is, Quebec must defend its identity. That rang truer in the centuries before the 1960s, when Quebec took charge of its destiny. Now it sounds more like calls to … [Read more...] about Religious headgear and the search for meaning in Quebec
LIVERPOOL: The church organist wanted to meet outside Liverpool's Anfield Stadium. Her name is Anne Preston, and she carried the program of a funeral she'd played the day before, as a document of something both ancient and achingly current.She wanted me to see it, so I'd understand how life, death and resurrection are so tied together with football along the banks of the Mersey River.She arrived with her husband, meeting me between the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand and the Kop, the mighty Liverpool Kop. As he went over to sort his tickets for the first leg of the Champions League semifinal in Barcelona, she produced the programme and told me about a musical request from the family.The mom made the request herself. To honor her son, whose funeral program had Anfield on the front and the club crest on the back, she wanted Anne to subtly work in "You'll Never Walk Alone" during the Mass.It's a familiar request to Anne, and to every funeral director and organist in Liverpool.At the crematorium … [Read more...] about What a Premier League title would mean for Liverpool
Will getting up before the sun has cracked its first rays make you a better, more brilliant person? In his book, The 5am Club: Own Your Morning, Elevate your Life, “leadership guru” Robin Sharma argues the case. The book is the 13th publication in an oeuvre that also includes the titles Who Will Cry When You Die? and The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, which has sold more than three million copies to date.I am not usually in the habit of following the advice of leadership gurus and have a relatively low tolerance for books claiming to transform my life, especially when those books are framed as quasi-fictions featuring characters called the “Spellbinder”, but I was persuaded to have a look at Sharma’s latest offering when he messaged me directly on Instagram. I can only assume that he was using the social media platform outside his “zero technology zones”: The hours between 4.45am and 8am and after 6pm, during which all phones must be abandoned.To … [Read more...] about Does waking up before sunrise make you a more successful individual?