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How Politics Changes Us (2)

Posted on August 29, 2012

Seth Godin writes a blog. It’s always short and terse but carries nuggets within it. Here’s what he put out this week. Most People Most people don’t care enough to make a difference. Most people aren’t going to buy that new thing you’re selling. Most people are afraid to take action. Most people are too self-involved to do the generous work you’re hoping for. Most people think they can’t afford it. Most people won’t talk about it. Most people aren’t going to read what you wrote. Fortunately, you’re not most people. Neither are your best customers.   You can read it on his site here. It sounds skeptical and a tad frustrating, but I believe he’s correct. The majority of us just want to…

How Politics Changes Us (1)

Posted on August 27, 2012

Last week there was a conversation stream going on among some on Twitter asking why it is that politics always seems to change people. The concern was that if some of the people who were running in the next civic election were already morphing into different kinds of individuals, then how could you know they would stick by their principles.  It was actually a timely and cautionary conversation because the concerns are valid – some are clearly changing even two years before the next election. As the political order, and politicians themselves, fall into ever-deeper disrepute, it has become almost a mantra that all politicians say one thing and do another. It’s hardly true, but enough of the reality is present that it is…

My Own Stargate

Posted on August 24, 2012

O the things I’ve learned in the last three days! My last post spoke of my loss of a few pints of blood and the hemoglobin crisis in brought on for our family. Well, I was released from hospital today and we now know so much more, thanks to a remarkable health system. It comes down to this. Through an internal scope it was discovered that I have a smaller ball-sized tumour in my stomach. It might have been there a long time and I just never knew. Suddenly it began to emit blood and my crisis began. Someone took a picture of it and it’s HUGE – everyone was surprised. A biopsy was required and we will know next Wednesday if it is…

On Blood and Belonging

Posted on August 21, 2012

It started out well enough. Jane and I had just finished sending my new book about London, Ontario to be shipped and we thought we’d go out to dinner to celebrate. Titled A Place for Us, the pages are also illustrated with Jane’s drawings. The next thing we knew I had collapsed outside, after losing three pints of blood through internal bleeding. Everything suddenly changed remarkably all around us. Shocked by the development, I learned that I had a stomach disease that would be permanent – if I got through the weekend, that is.  My kids looked on in shock; Jane was everywhere in her own remarkable way; and I had a doctor, David Barr, who has proved inspiring. It’s funny how life can…

An Open Letter To London’s New City Manager

Posted on August 18, 2012

My London Free Press article of today – An open letter to City Manager Art Zuidema on his first week on the job. First of all, Mr. Zuidema, a sincere welcome to London. I’m just one of thousands of local and regional citizens who are proud of our community but understand that you’ve come at a pivotal time. With your arrival as the new city manager, though, things are a bit different from when your predecessors took up their jobs. We were more observers then, somewhat worried over the decline of the manufacturing base in the city and turmoil at city hall. Former manager, Jeff Fielding, showed a deft hand at bringing order out of some of the chaos and earned a lot of…