Category: Society

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Old Yellers

Last month I was sitting on a bus stop bench waiting for a bus when someone drove by and yelled “Racist! Racist! Racist!”  At least, I think that’s what he said, but I can’t be sure as the sound was mixed in with other traffic noises. At first, […]

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Belonging(s)

Imagine you have gone to a foreign country for a visit and you are enthralled by the clothes, the customs, the food, the culture. You find it delightful to experience even briefly the unusual and unexpected. You visit national monuments and attend cultural events, and you smile at […]

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The Joy of the Dump

Oh, the joy of the dump. No, not that kind of dump. The municipal dump. The waste disposal site. Today I took some trash to the dump. This trash has a history that raises issues of honesty and integrity and ethics, but mostly it’s just trash. Recently, we […]

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Duelling Causes

In Toronto, Canada this week we had an interesting kerfuffle. Two social/political action groups found themselves in a very public lovers’ spat. The LGBTQ community had invited the Black Lives Matter group to lead the Toronto Pride parade. It was intended as a gesture to recognize black LGBTQ […]

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International Divorce

I understand why Britain chose to divorce itself from the European Union. It was a marriage fraught with irritations, and in order to end the annoyances Britain decided to walk away. It was a tough decision and it could have gone either way, but they walked. I feel […]

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Playing With Dolls

From the moment a child is born, we want to reassure ourselves that our baby fits into our perceptions of what is considered normal. Normal numbers of fingers and toes, normal weight, normal health, and normal gender. The problem with that is that we have very narrow perceptions of […]

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Spiritual Assonance

When there is assonance in poetry, it means there is a resemblance in the sounds of two words, but only a partial rhyme; usually the vowels rhyme but not the final syllables. Examples are penitent and reticence, or time and light. When I tried to explain assonance to my children […]

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Who’s Who in the Loo

  Long Line-ups How many times have you been to a concert or play and, at the intermission, found a long lineup for the women’s washroom and a much shorter one for the men’s?  We have all experienced that totally ridiculous segregation. On the other hand, at fairgrounds […]

Getting It Wrong

Being judgmental has negative connotations. It implies an unfounded sense of superiority or of being overly critical. The psychologist Carl Rogers made us aware of the potential dangers in this, especially in counselling situations. He showed us how our judgments can stunt personal growth. We seem, though, to […]

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Houston Has A Problem

Houston, you have a problem.  You just voted to repeal an ordinance that would have banned discrimination on the basis of age, race, or sex, and I don’t think you know what you have done. You bought into the propaganda that made you afraid. You were lead to […]

Schoolyard Bullies

I walk the line between wanting to live in the USA, close to my family there, and feeling horrified by repeated mass murders.  My US family members are all lovely, peaceful, law-abiding folks who are outraged at gun violence. Every time. They don’t keep guns under their beds […]