Tag Archives: social commentary

Rachel + Jane

Two important  books  seem to be meeting each other in my mind these days.   Almost as though the two authors began with a conversation in my head about the environment vs. urban planning, and they’ve gradually come to embrace each … Continue reading

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One war souvenir with blue eyes…

The guy sitting in the underground path to the Manulife Center, just after our lovely lunch, had obviously been in a horrifying accident – perhaps something like an  “IED”* in Afghanistan, I imagined; or a car accident that involved a … Continue reading

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Desperate need…

Like most moms, I love my children enough that I would probably die for them.  I also enjoy their cousins and their friends, especially now that my kids are in their thirties, and the others have been coming around for … Continue reading

Posted in awareness, beliefs, causes, compassion, consciousness, empathy, Inclusion, injustice, mental illness, reflections, schizophrenia, social commentary, social justice, trauma | Tagged , , , , | 8 Comments

Conversations in the blogosphere…

I often talk about blogging as a new form of worldwide conversation that most people haven’t yet recognized as such – and of course most of humanity are still not even able to access.   As one of my favourite fellow-bloggers … Continue reading

Posted in blogging, change, communication, computers, deafness, democracy, disabilities, globalization, Inclusion, Internet, modern life, old age, personal power, reflections, social change, voice recognition | Tagged , , , , , | 8 Comments

Thinking about guns….

“There are lessons here on U.S. gun culture, and the risks inherent in allowing a prevalence of weapons that makes it easy for the deranged — as the killer must surely have been — to obtain them.”* “The deranged”.   How … Continue reading

Posted in beliefs, education, guns, history, ignorance, massacres, mental illness, military, reflections, shootings, social change | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Halloween – the ‘junk model’

The earliest Hallowe’en I remember I was about seven.  Mom had made crepe-paper costumes (made from a bought pattern) for my sister and me.  I was somehow not thrilled, partly because my sister got to be a rose (her name … Continue reading

Posted in awareness, commercial, competition, consciousness, Halloween, junk, materialism, modern life, pollution, reflections, social commentary | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

The People of the Kattawapiskak River

I sit here in my large, comfortable, well-heated home, almost trembling with reverberation from seeing Alanis Obomsawin’s film, “The People of the Kattawapiskak River” at the ImagineNative film festival in Toronto. Every Canadian needs to see it. It’s late, and … Continue reading

Posted in aboriginal, accountability, child abuse, consequences, exploitation, heritage, history, indigenous, loss, reflections, residential schools, Restitution, social justice, suffering, trauma, values | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Occupy?

In the sixties, computers like we have now hadn’t been invented.  They were a ‘futuristic’ concept.  Some of us dreamed that eventually there would be a computer on every desk in schools.  We thought computers would be used to create … Continue reading

Posted in capitalism, causes, computers, equality, exploitation, history, ignorance, Insight, love, materialism, Memories, personal power, politics, poverty, reflections, social change, social justice, values | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

‘Stigma-free’ — or Care?

If I were living in a “stigma-free zone”, what might that look like? For starters, I presume it would mean that people with mental illness would not experience stigma, or discrimination.   By some miracle?  It would mean ‘human rights’ principles … Continue reading

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Look who’s voting!!

Voting without doing the ‘homework’, and then not watching what they do in government, is like handing a stranger the key to your house, and going for a walk.  It’s risky.  It’s naïve.  It’s irresponsible.  And it’s damn lazy. A … Continue reading

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