Fazineh grew up in Sierra Leone during the country's Civil War. As a former child soldier, Fazineh is using his experience to bring awareness to the realities of war, and as a graduate from Vancouver Film School inhe is using his skills to tell stories, educate youth, and to help people find healing through art. Born and raised in Canada, she works in the performing arts and met Fazineh at Vancouver Film School.
She melted hearts with the light in her eyes and the dimple dots on her face. So, so very wrong. This is how Tia became a victim of human trafficking.
And what I sometimes hear from these kids catches me off guard. Its not just the F word, or who is getting dissed or sleeping around. Its that these kids -- 11, 12, 13 years old -- hardly talk or act like kids at all.
A loss of innocence can happen at any time in life, but it is most commonly associated with the lessons of life that accompany growing up. Moving from childhood into adulthood is fraught with many moments — big and small — that show us the world and ourselves in a new way. These lessons continue throughout life as we grow and evolve.
The puzzling, paranoid, nightmarish phenomenon that was the McMartin child abuse trial is repeating itself in the quiet town of Edenton, N. And no, this is not a movie-of-the-week. If anything, the Edenton story may actually be worse.
Reading Rockets' children's literature expert, Maria Salvadore, brings you into her world as she explores the best ways to use kids' books both inside — and outside — of the classroom. How do you explain the unexplainable? It's impossible for adults to fathom what happened in a quiet Connecticut town, much less try to articulate to children why or how it could have happened.
To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems. When today's parents were children, Mother's Day still honored a domesticated little woman waiting with milk and cookies after school, a mother as unlikely to become a single parent during the course of her children's childhood as to become a coal miner.
Adults often scrutinize children about a lack of understanding of life. If anything their attitude stimulated me to think that something was wrong. The adult society looks down on children and young adults alike, as if we are unable to comprehend the horrors of the world and everyday existence. The mere fact that we are able to acknowledge their attempt at creating a protective shield is evidence that we are more intellectually inclined than adults think.
Through the door of death we will find greater knowledge, greater life, and greater love. A land that is more kind then our home and bigger than all the earth. Is this true?
Where does innocence come from? These are questions that I not only have grappled with ever since I can remember, but many authors and poets have wrestled with since the beginning of time. It is something that can be lost in a positive and healthy fashion, but sometimes it can be taken away tragically or violently.