Category Archives: History and Politics

Is it simply impossible to lead successfully with kindness, or even with integrity?

It was 3 short months ago when Rishi Sunak pledged to bring integrity and accountability to the office as he became the UK’s newest Prime Minister.  First of all, that pledge speaks volumes as to what he perceived to have … Continue reading

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A little humour (humor) to help start the new year off on the right foot

There are lots of messages of hope out there in the ether as we start this new year, even as we remain immersed in war, shifting geopolitical alignments, climate emergencies, concerning inflation, flailing healthcare systems, and divisive politics. As an … Continue reading

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TV, what’s that?!

We received a terrific Christmas gift from our younger son last week, inspired, as it turns out, by a blog post I wrote recently ( #8 on my 2022 blog post hit list): Figuring out how to lead our lives … Continue reading

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In 2022 these women exemplify what courage really means

Growing up I never thought of myself as a feminist, my view was that men and women both had obstacles to overcome, but also had opportunities, and we were better off just getting on with it.  Shows what a bubble … Continue reading

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Feeling gratitude and admiration for the frontline workers helping those in need

This is the week that the now-filled boxes for the Reverse Advent Calendars I described in a post in late November are due for delivery.  Earlier this week I took my filled boxes to their intended destinations, one to our … Continue reading

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Peace on Earth, goodwill towards all – once more with feeling!

A post I wrote 4 years ago entitled Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men: wouldn’t that be nice! is getting renewed interest during this special season. Written four long years ago now.  Long before the January 6 riots in the U.S.  Long … Continue reading

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A thumbs-up to the World Cup from a soccer-illiterate internationalist

You’re right, this is a very unusual topic for me. We’ve never really followed soccer, except to watch our kids play when they were small. It’s not really on our radar screen. And for many years, when we’d make an … Continue reading

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It’s baby steps, I know, but Orange Shirt Day is making a difference

Today, September 30, is Orange Shirt Day in Canada. (OK, it’s officially called National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.) This special day of learning and reflection about the enduring devastating impacts of the Residential Schools imposed upon Indigenous children (and … Continue reading

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