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A Little of the Tragic (August 14, 2014)

Posted on December 31, 2014

For this coming week I’ll be republishing the five most viewed blog posts and Huffington Post pieces of this past year.   FROM OUR VERY FIRST SIGHT OF HIM WE KNEW there was something different. Whether he was portraying an alien, psychologist, cartoon character, a man dressing as a woman, or just a profound stand-up comic, we were drawn to Robin Williams by something far deeper than mere humour or talent. Somehow on his face was drawn the deep pathos of humanity, even if it was shrouded in hilarity. His death, announced this week, was unique in its ability to shock and dismay the hearer. We loved him, but we never knew how much until we learned he was gone. Some of us are…

How Romeo Dallaire Relived Rwanda In Canada (June 2, 2014)

Posted on December 30, 2014

For this coming week I’ll be republishing the five most viewed blog posts and Huffington Post pieces of this past year. IN WHAT ULTIMATELY BECAME THE ultimate definition of his life, General Romeo Dallaire knew he was alone — without a clear mandate, sufficient resources, or even a sense of moral responsibility from world leaders. He had journeyed to Rwanda to implement the high ideals of human rights rhetoric in a manner that would protect a nation from destroying itself. We all know what happened — 800,000 killed, genocide on a significant scale, and dreams of international human security lying in ruins. Leading the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR), he had every right to expect the backing of those who had sent him…

Dividing the Angels (October 6, 2014)

Posted on December 29, 2014

For this coming week I’ll  be republishing the five most viewed blog posts and Huffington Post pieces of this past year. POLITICS CAN BE ALL ABOUT playing with the truth, arcing it so that it suits a certain purpose. Spin-doctors love it. Parties live on it. The public gets confused and occasionally infuriated by it. And occasionally people are emotionally hurt from its effects. In London’s municipal campaign, one mayoralty candidate, endeavouring to show that he was a different, out-of-the-box thinker, stated last week that pay parity between firefighters and police officers must be broken. His reasoning was simple enough, though it lacked the understanding of the complexities of the forces. Police personnel can take a bullet in the front or the back at…

We Are The Path

Posted on December 26, 2014

When I get older losing my hair Many years from now. Will you still be sending me a valentine Birthday greetings, bottle of wine? Will you still need me. Will you still feed me. When I’m sixty-four? I’VE KNOW THIS SONG BY THE BEATLES since I was young and it’s finally coming to pass. That’s me – 64 years-old today. “There are two great days in a person’s life,” says William Barclay, “the day we are born and the day we discover why.” I am fortunate enough to know both answers: December 26, 1950, and to seek to make the world better for others. From the time I was 20, I think my basic philosophy of life was set and I knew the goals I…

The Great Gathering

Posted on December 25, 2014

EVEN AS FAR BACK AS 1611, THE GREAT POET John Donne put down in writing his worries of what would happen if everyone simply became a nation of individuals. In using terms like, “all coherence is gone,” “all is just supply,” and “every man is alone,” he laid out for his generation, in strong poetic flourish, the need for humanity to stay in touch with one another, to plan as though their collective life mattered equally as much as their personal pursuits. Donne had a point then, as he clearly does now. In his time, villages were emptying out as the masses departed for the great cities. And yet he witnessed that the residents of those great locations seemed eerily out of touch with one…