Category Archives: reflections

Sexism lingers too…

Chatting in a café with friends, we traded comments on the predictable verdict in the Jian Gomeshi trial* – along with the eye-rolling you do when you know there’s nothing new to say. How sad is that? There was an … Continue reading

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Racism, and you and I…

Yesterday — March 21st – was “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination”.* I first began to pay attention to racism as an adolescent. At first, simple things: everyone knew people who used the word “nigger” were racists, and … Continue reading

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A handy dandy “Climate Change Kit”

So what’s the big deal? The “Paris Summit” was about the world’s leaders trying to create a plan that would reduce climate change and move the world toward sustainability.   With scientists and other experts – even indigenous peoples of the … Continue reading

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Thinking about democracy & the dinner table

“This is what has to change,” my brain whispered to me one morning.  I had wakened up remembering a dinner the night before, when ten of us managed to eat and drink too much for a whole evening without ever discussing the … Continue reading

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Celebrating ‘the rainbow’

Toronto just hosted World Pride Week 2014, and I’m feeling proud to be Canadian. Especially in Ontario, where not only have we just elected our first female premier, but she’s openly gay, and behaves as if it’s the norm. Now … Continue reading

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Reflections on a “Queer Slow Dance”…

Open to experience. That’s me. “Fearless”. Explorer of life and its potential experiences. But only so far. I don’t fly. I don’t make speeches. But I did go to a “queer slow dance” last night, for the second time. Yes … Continue reading

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An Uncle like Harold

Harold passed away yesterday morning, which I’d been anticipating for a few years.  But it still seems unfair – as if certain people should live forever. My earliest memory of him goes back to the summer I turned 13.  He’d … Continue reading

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