The Calgary Journal
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Mormon family balances atheism and faith

thumb Faith In One AnotherFor the first 10 years of their marriage, David and Karene Reil were both devout members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — more commonly known as the Mormon Church.

Over the past few years however, David, a lifelong member of the church, says that he found himself increasingly questioning the "unanswered" questions of Mormonism.

"It's not really a Q-and-A kind of religion," he says. "It is more 'here is the dogma.'
They want you to adopt this dogma.

Physical, emotional effects take hold from trauma and treatment of deadly disease

thumb Cancer Free 1Cancer-free.

Those two words are perhaps some of the most coveted words of the 21st century.

The Canadian Cancer Society says that 41 per cent of females and 46 per cent of males in Canada will develop a type of cancer in their lifetime. That's almost half of the population.

And one of those was 11-year-old Adam Verheyde. He was diagnosed with an adult form of leukemia on March 8, 2004, after suffering from excruciating pain in his legs. His mother Suzanne says, "We weren't even remotely thinking cancer."

'Gender is the essence of your being, painted on,' says Lyn Langille

thumb Langille FamilyIt all starts at birth. "Are you having a boy or a girl?' Then come the baby gifts. Pink blankets for girls, blue for boys. A little girl gets dolls, kitchen toys and make-up for her birthday while a little boy gets trucks and toy guns. A girl is expected to be soft and dainty, while a boy is rough and strong.

Social expectations based on gender — whether conscious or not — are endless and specific. Many people would argue that gender is not something we are born with. Rather, it's a social construction.

In the Calgary Journal documentary, Painted On: Modern Gender Stories, one family and two other Calgarians share their narratives about redefining gender. All are living outside the so-called gender binary, which limits gender to only male or female.

From fashion to fitness, Lynne Loiselle prepares for nationals

Lynne bodybuildingLynne Loiselle is an elite bodybuilder. Since her very first competition in 2004, Loiselle has been a force to be reckoned with having competed in over a dozen bodybuilding competitions across Canada.

Her first- and second-place finishes at the Alberta Bodybuilding Association's southern and provincial competitions this past summer even earned her a trip to nationals in the fall of 2014.

Her competition results speak for themselves about her dedication and hard work, but 44-year-old Loiselle hasn't always been the powerhouse she is today. Before getting into weightlifting and doing her first competition 10 years ago, she was a fashion model.