Category: Society

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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 […]