The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


Student with cerebral palsy writes about her life, university studies and career aspirations

ThumbnailSome people tell me that I am stubborn and that I can't take no as an answer.

However, being born with a disability and having to cope with the daily physical challenges that accompany it, I sometimes hear the words “you can't do that” or “you won't be able to do that.”

I’ll have fries with a side of fries

thumb Veggie1I am a vegetarian, and have been for most my life, even though my understanding of what was involved took some years to develop.

I remember a time when I was five-years-old, my grandma left her kitchen, with me leaning over the table, my tiny legs dangling over the chair, while she went upstairs to call my uncle in for his chicken curry.

She returned to find a plate of curry sauce and me asking, "Chicken isn't really meat is it Nana?"

A look at how Christmas is celebrated halfway across the world

thumb Christmas-Tree"What, there's no Santa Claus?!" a classmate uttered, completely bewildered.

I guess I surprised her when I said that Santa Claus does not make a stop in my home country, Austria.

Holiday season is the happiest time of the year, unless you work retail

thumb Olson retailI can hear the rattle of the glass door behind me.

I look to see a woman standing at the door with a wild glint in her eyes. She shakes the door handle with the ferocity of a bartender preparing a martini.

I look down at my watch. It can't possibly be time to open the store, can it?