Category Archives: personal power

The need to feel heard

Last night I was reminded of this subject, as I visited a friend who was busily making dinner.   She bustles and putters and chops and spatters, doesn’t respond, and occasionally ‘shows interest’ by asking a ‘clarifying question’.  Or more like … Continue reading

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Note to a friend #2

You act.  Act like a totally confident expert.  Act like someone who isn’t afraid of anything or anyone.  Act like someone who has no vulnerabilities. If this is the way you want to be, then what you need is an … Continue reading

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Note to a friend #1

I get the sense that – like me – you are triggered to feel like an embarrassed child when someone is giving you information – as if you feel somehow that you “should already know” it, so you feel inadequate, … Continue reading

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Crying vs Power

A friend was talking to me over lunch yesterday, essentially about insensitive mis-treatment of someone by a government agent.   Suddenly I realized I was about to cry.  For some reason my whole being said “stop” to that feeling, and I … Continue reading

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Reality check…

Here’s a sad but true fact of life:  everyone farts, and no one looks good flossing.  Once you accept that reality,  the world is your oyster. You can look in the mirror, and realize you are perfectly normal.  No matter what. … Continue reading

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Witness to poverty #2

I first met June when she arrived in my grade five class at Bronx Park School.  Fresh off the boat from Scotland, her accent was so thick we could barely understand her and she made us laugh a lot.   She and … Continue reading

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When Linda’s house burned down

I must have been eight when Linda’s house on Second Avenue burned down.    The news of her burning house spread by word of mouth – people passing it on as they walked by – people milling about  in the street, … Continue reading

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A habit of self-defeat….

I was thinking about my life-long love of ‘discussion’, when it struck me that focusing on a subject in solitude was more productive and rewarding, because there is more time and space to dwell on each thought that arises, with … Continue reading

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It’s my blog and I’ll do what I want…..

Poetry…. Nostalgia…. History…. Political rants …. Hey, it’s my blog and I’ll do what I want with it.   That’s the incredible, amazing thing about blogging. I’ve come to think of it as a new form of communication, (as opposed … Continue reading

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Get involved – again and again….

On the wall in my favourite coffee shop is a sign that says, “Always hold firmly to the thought that each one of us can do something to bring some portion of misery to an end.”  It moved me so … Continue reading

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