Category Archives: History and Politics

After a challenging 4th of July, let’s hope some humo(u)r can moderate the gloom

It was already a challenging Independence Day in the U.S. before the terrible, terrible mass shooting in Highland Park turned a happy community parade into everyone’s worst nightmare.  This latest heartbreaking and senseless loss of life served as a dramatic … Continue reading

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On Canada Day, why I love Canada

July 1 is Canada Day – every year.  It’s the birthday of Confederation, the date in 1867 on which Canada ceased to be a British colony and become a country in its own right.  On July 1, 1867 this new … Continue reading

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Will greed and self-interest always overpower compassion and cooperation?

If the current state of the world is anything to go by, the answer to the title question appears to be a resounding YES.  I sure wish I felt otherwise. This post is my response to the third and final … Continue reading

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Today – Summer Solstice – is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada

National Indigenous Peoples Day is an important day in Canada, one in which Indigenous peoples celebrate their heritage and non-Indigenous Canadians are encouraged to reflect on the critical importance of turning around the devastation the effects of colonialism have had … Continue reading

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Golf, greed, gambling, and … a force for good in the world?!

It’s true, I don’t post about sports very often, except for running, of course.  And when I do, it’s usually been to laud statements on human rights that professional athletes have made, using their voice to fight hatred and discrimination.  … Continue reading

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With so much despair in the world, maybe a little humour can help … a bit!

So many events in the world are tearing us apart. I’ll get to what I hope will bring you a few laughs, but first I need to unburden myself of some  of what’s causing my despair.  This is, sadly, hardly … Continue reading

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America, what’s happening to you?

For those of us watching from the outside it’s simply impossible to process the levels of senseless violence within your borders, America. This is the country which others have looked to with admiration for generations for the opportunity and innovation … Continue reading

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How little things really change – just ask Socrates

Fairly recently I started following an interesting blog that provides quotes from famous or quasi-famous people nearly every day.  Extensive collections of quotes. Wow, there are so many observations and admonitions that have been made over the years by so … Continue reading

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