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Published:Sunday | August 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Bukola Shonuga is a well-known Nigerian journalist and entrepreneur. Over the last year, she has assumed the Herculean responsibility of representing His Imperial Majesty Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife.She is tasked with...

Published:Sunday | July 9, 2017 | 12:42 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Most of us have heard of The Exorcist, a 1973 horror classic that is based on a true story. It centres on possession of a girl who inadvertently contacted a malevolent spirit while playing with an Ouija Board. The film was adapted from the 1949...

Published:Sunday | June 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

One morning, Jamaica-born Melissa Salmon stood before her mirror. Her stare was revelatory. What she saw was a young woman in need of purposefulness.An epiphany, we know, has transformed many a life and Salmon was about to experience, to listen, and...

Published:Sunday | June 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

The famous poem, Howl, by Allen Ginsberg, opens with the provocative line: "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness; starving hysterical naked ..."The list is long and exhaustive. It is a list of brilliant minds - writers, poets,...

Published:Sunday | June 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

The Greek essayist and biographer, Plutarch, mentioned a sphere that houses restless spirits that prey on the affections of man.Emmanuel Swedenborg, founder of the New Jerusalem Church, wrote extensively about these wandering, mischievous spirits in...

Published:Sunday | April 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Pastor Cornelius Heyward commands attention. With an overpowering stature and stirring vocal range, he is as authoritative as they come. He is ultraconservative, not of his own accord, but, as he says, by the command of the Holy Spirit.Some of his...

Published:Sunday | April 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

As a teenager, I marvelled at the fighting skills of the legendary Bruce Lee. His reflexes and on-screen presence captivated the attention of millions of admirers.It has been more than five decades since his untimely passing and I am still bewitched...

Published:Sunday | April 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

'Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.'Carl Jung'God spoke to Israel in visions of the night and said, 'Jacob, Jacob'.' Genesis 46:2Dreams are sometimes symbolic, cryptic, metaphorical, and difficult to interpret...

Published:Sunday | April 9, 2017 | 12:29 AMDr Glenville Ashby

There is a well-known saying that karma is a five-letter word best not written or said. We don’t need to be mystics to...

Published:Sunday | April 2, 2017 | 12:48 AMDr Glenville Ashby

If thine eye is single thy whole body shall be full of light - Matthew 6: 22 Quantum physics has debunked the Newtonian theory of matter and confirmed what Socrates and the ancients have long said ­ we are essentially composed of atom and...

Published:Sunday | March 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

From time immemorial, religion has strived on fear, despair, and hopelessness. And despite promising salvation, it has left a bloody trail that is hard to erase.Indeed, there is evidence that the authority once enjoyed by the sacerdotal class is...

Published:Sunday | February 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

"Dying has a funny way of making you see people, the living and the dead, a little differently. Maybe that's just part of grieving, or maybe the dead stand there and open our eyes a bit wider." (Susan Gress Gilmore)Most of us have lost loved ones....

Published:Sunday | February 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Authors: Tamika Felina and Prommells Williams Streams of sorrow flow through our lives leaving shattered dreams and forlorn faces. No one is immune to the ravages of time. Tales of doom abound and we do hear many but a handful compel us to listen....

Published:Sunday | January 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

China has given the world a melange of mysteriously effective practices aimed at achieving wellness.Thai Chi and Qigong are two such modalities practised by millions of westerners. Feng shui, a 4,000-year-old practice on the other hand, has remained...

Published:Sunday | November 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

In 1999, Trinidadian Dr Jerome Teelucksingh launched International Men's Day, an ambitious undertaking that is unrestricted by gender, sexual orientation or religious creed. Observed annually on November 19 (his father's birthday), it calls for...

Published:Sunday | October 2, 2016 | 12:30 AMDr Glenville Ashby

I have always marvelled at Hans Wilhelm’s ability to explain and simplify complex subjects. When he favourably considered my request for an interview I anticipated an afternoon of deep reflection and learning. He did not disappoint...

Published:Sunday | September 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

His every word seems to be expressed with palpable passion.It is understandable for a man who might have stumbled on the nuggets of spiritual truth. His search for meaning has consumed his life.He was a Jesuit priest for 11 years, a calling of which...

Published:Sunday | September 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

It wasn't long ago that I watched the 1956 film noir, 'Bad Seed'. The plot centres on a precocious, seemingly amicable girl, Ronda, who turns out to be an unlikely cold-blooded killer. Her mother, an adoptee, whose biological father was a...

Published:Sunday | August 28, 2016 | 12:54 AMDr Glenville Ashby

“People condemn what they don’t understand. This is what you call blind non-belief.’’ Caesar Bisono’s words are emphatic and irrefutable. Dressed in traditional Indian wear, Bisono is only 22 years old but speaks with...

Published:Sunday | August 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

At the corner of Farragut and 23rd Street in Brooklyn, New York, stands a pristine white multi-storey building that immediately catches the eyes. On entering, you are greeted by a lifelike golden angel perched on a vestibule wall.Therein is the...

Published:Sunday | August 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Reincarnation - the doctrine of birth and rebirth - is integral to Eastern philosophy. It speaks of the soul's immortality and its many incarnations (lives).Faced with many challenges in this school called life, the soul falters but learns...

Published:Sunday | August 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Another former Jehovah's Witness speaks outMy article headlined 'Shunning: The cult-like practice of Jehovah's Witnesses', which was published on September 13, 2015, sparked widespread reaction.The following interview with 26-year-old Courtney...

Published:Sunday | July 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

"In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God," reads John 1:1.Interestingly, all religions and mystical movements have ascribed power to particular words."All life is a vibration and the intention behind our words...

Published:Sunday | July 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

How grateful I am for the stream of emails from readers. My work has touched many in diverse ways. I have been lauded and encouraged to be provocative."We need to think differently, the old way hasn't worked," said one reader."Keep up the good work...

Published:Sunday | June 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

The new face of African kingship, His Imperial Majesty Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogun, Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife, recently unveiled a radical message to black people around the world: "Educate and empower your people, especially the youth."Amid throngs of...

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