The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


Sharing a notorious killer's last name caused turmoil for my family

thumb JROSZKO turmoilWEBWhat's in a name? I'm sure I'm not the first person who has speculated about the meaning of a name. Do those letters, which then form a word, really define who we are as individuals?

 What if another person who bears the same last name has tainted that name? Does this too define who we are?

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"It" began with a movie

My aunt was a horror movie freak; she used to watch horror movies all the time.

She was only 11 years older than me, so when I was a young child she was a mere teenager — an age where the thrill of the only-imaginable death, suspense and horror are at its peak.

My boyfriend was not an 'acceptable' immigrant and couldn't stay in Canada

thumb AngelaandPaulAs I walk through the large sliding doors at the airport towards a tough looking female security guard, I can't help but continually look back.

I take a moment waiting for her to finish debating a course of action with one of her intimidating male colleagues - something about the contents in the carry-on bag of the person in front of me - to look back once more and see him wiping a tear from his red, puffy face.

An honest look at a misunderstood illness 

thumb PIKAL cereal WEBSome women chew ice; some drink vinegar. The more daring ones swallow cotton balls soaked in water or sniff nail polish remover — they say the fumes make them dizzy enough to forget their hunger. Some women throw up after every meal or take 20 laxatives each night.