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Voices

Editor-in-Chief Vern McGill welcomes you to a new year of the Calgary Journal.

VerneditedA journalism professor once told me that every person has a story to tell. I was skeptical at first. How could everyone have a story that's worth telling?

A local Mac's store cashier or a seemingly random group of people gathered at a bar – do their stories really shape our city?

Three years down the road, I have witnessed and listened to stories of success, heartbreak and even the paranormal.

Even after my friend's boyfriend continued to abuse her both emotionally and physically, she still agreed to marry him.

iStock headshotThere is no statistic that says in clear terms the most fragile part of the human body. From a physical standpoint some think it is the spine, because if it is broken there is a high chance of paralysis or death. In an emotional sense, some believe it to be the heart.

At 21, my friend Jamie loved a man named Steven. He frequently told her she looked ugly, needed to lose weight, and he was seen flirting with other girls.

In 1980, as a public relations student at Mount Royal University, I met a nice Lebanese gal from Saskatchewan. In April this year, that gal negotiated a $750 million contract and expanded her cable company, of which she is CEO, to 800,000 subscribers.

Born and raised under the Third Reich, my grandma lived at the centre of Nazi Germany. Even after marrying a British soldier, she still held allegiance to Hitler. And her conviction left me wondering, "Who was she really?"

Schroder-Family Edited HeadshotMy grandma loved Hitler.

You may never understand it.

I may never understand it.