Last weekend I had the pleasure of seeing several acts of civility in Toronto, of people politely being helpful to strangers. This is the kind of city I love being in.
- Someone with a senior’s ticket in a subway station without an attendant. A stranger, seeing the ticket in the token-only station, asks if the senior knows there’s a station with an attendant a couple of blocks away, then walks with her up the stairs and points the way.
- Two people standing,
… Read more Civility In Toronto – Wonderful
I watched the American 2nd debate, and it sparked all kinds of reactions in me. Watching Trump make his (what I knew intellectually were baseless) accusations with his emotional tone so strong, I felt a sick fear that people would buy what he said, just because of the way he said it. I saw him pacing around and looming over Hilary when she was speaking, and recognized two things:
– The normality of this kind of male behaviour, and
– Why I thought it was normal;
… Read more Trump Mania
“Lars and the Real Girl” was intriguing, a kind of treatise and/or metaphor on how someone can be healed when in deep, debilitating pain. Lars, probably Asperger’s, whose mother had died at his birth (I think) cannot stand to be touched socially or physically, but yearns for connection. He buys a blow-up doll, and treats it as a real girl, introducing “her” to his brother and sister-in-law, and eventually almost everyone he knows in his small rural-appearing town.
… Read more Lars and the Real Girl
The arms merchants recruit the awful hungers
of the power mongers and trim their synapses
Then power mongers hypnotically whisper
to the shamed and lonely ones filled with rigid angers
and find the hungriest to bombast
“the Others are thieves who want
what’s ours. Stop them. Guns!
guns, guns, guns.”
Making ghosts of our children.
… Read more The Arms Merchants
Welcome Lunch in Canada
The Syrian family has arrived in Oakville. They are being supported by the interfaith group , ACT (Abraham’s Children Together) made up of
They, and local supporters, enjoyed a delicious welcoming lunch.
… Read more Syrian Family Here!
I have a horror
a surfeit of tv dribbles
the images and words
To look away, to change the channel,
I switch to a story of plotted
murder where the killer
is named and blamed
and hunted and destroyed.
When I can’t resist looking back,
the bodies still
lie on the street.
… Read more Paris, November 13, 2015
I didn’t break a hundred with my petition to bring more Syrian refugees, faster, to Canada, which disappointed me. It also led me to understand how complex social media is. However, what I wanted to achieve is happening anyway. My petition was followed by another that got many more people to sign, and, most significantly, Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister designate of Canada, promised in his campaign to radically increase both the numbers and the speed of arrival of Syrian refugees.
On a more micro level,
… Read more Syrian Refugee Petition Update