Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor

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Past articles by Sara:

How to beat the cold and dark? Icelanders cozy up with books.

Hördur Gudmundsson spends the better part of his day with a book in his hands – but only in winter. As the skies darken, he will spend full mornings at his favorite bookstore, IÐA Zimsen, near the Icelandic capital’s harbor. After supper he’ll turn to his hobby: bookbinding. He’s already bound all the works of Iceland’s most famous author, Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness, and now is deep into the… → Read More

Eritreans in Canada: The complicated joy of being together again

After 13 years apart, an Eritrean family is reunited in Canada. Together, they’re ready for the bumps ahead. → Read More

How Alfred Molina found his superpower in ‘Three Pines’

It was his 16-year-old granddaughter who asked just the right question. “What’s your superpower?” she asked Alfred Molina. Mr. Molina plays Chief Inspector Armand Gamache in the new TV series “Three Pines,” out Dec. 2 on Amazon Prime Video. The British American actor had, by his own account, been “waffling on” to his grandchildren about the complexities of the character, based on the… → Read More

From Roe to gun rights: How values translate – or don't – across the world

How does the underlying value of "trust" shape citizen tolerance and intolerance of gun ownership and regulation? → Read More

In this museum, the path of human rights leads upward to light

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights traces the evolution of self-determination and dignity around the globe. → Read More

Denied asylum in Israel, Eritreans are welcomed by Canadian Jews

Denied asylum by the Israeli government, Eritreans are settling in Canada with the help of local Jewish groups. → Read More

Reporters on the job: How Gander captured one child’s imagination

Her daughter’s reaction became a window for this reporter on what has made the story of the town of Gander’s kindness on 9/11 so magical – even musical-worthy. → Read More

One town’s beacon of 9/11 kindness: Gander shines on

Gander remains in the spotlight beyond 9/11: From Broadway musical to a popular tourism stop in the North Atlantic. → Read More

Racism in schools, and a battle for respect

Black mothers in Toronto realized the racism they saw in schools went beyond individual cases. They banded together to challenge the status quo. → Read More

‘Blind date’ for political rivals? TV show is breaking down barriers.

“Political Blind Date,” a Canadian show that promotes respectful conversation between politicians of opposing views, has proved highly popular. → Read More

From snowy Yukon, a Punjabi dance warms Canadian hearts

Gurdeep Pandher lives in snowy Whitehorse, Yukon. But his joyous bhangra dance videos have enthralled viewers online during the winter and pandemic. → Read More

Pandemic opportunity? Pumping new life into cities.

How cities are reclaiming streets from cars and easing inequality amid the pandemic. → Read More

‘What binds us together’: Sara Miller Llana on the generosity of sources (audio)

Learning what motivates the people she meets helps this reporter deliver the fullest possible versions of their stories. → Read More

A Canadian First Nation reclaims the telling of its own story

In Canada, one First Nations group is trying to reclaim their story by publishing their own children’s books and magazines. → Read More

In a pandemic, is a fast government check better than a larger one?

The coronavirus pandemic has spurred a financially massive response in the U.S. Canada, meanwhile, has acted more quickly, and to greater effect. → Read More

Next up for the world’s museums: Social responsibility

Post-Hurricane Dorian, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas offers an example of an evolving art world. → Read More

Why more Mexicans wrap themselves in the flag

500 years after conquistadors first set foot on Mexican soil, a renewed sense of nationalism is taking root. → Read More

Invasion of urbanite raccoons: Toronto grapples with wild residents

Raccoons are the scourge of Toronto. They – and other wildlife – are the new urbanites, raising the question: What does it mean to be wild? → Read More

The hottest ticket in Canada: A noisy library with much more than books

Calgary’s Central Library opened last year to crowds drawn to its architecture, podcast studios, meeting spaces – and books. → Read More

Want to live in the city? Try buying a house with five friends.

Six millennials pooled their finances to buy a home in Toronto's pricey market – an alternative approach to city living and its intrinsic loneliness. → Read More