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It All Starts With Words

Posted on March 4, 2015

FORMER SLAVE AND ACTIVIST DURING the Civil War era, Frederick Douglass, spent much of his childhood in very difficult circumstances.  But he wanted to learn, and when he got the chance he jumped at it.  Learning to read introduced him, not only to Abraham Lincoln, but to a whole new world of freedom for himself and others.  He affirmed that very truth when he wrote, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” I was honoured to be asked to write a guest blog for this This IS Literacy – a terrific London, Ontario organization that promotes and supports literacy for not just children, but entire families.  I wrote about my own children whom we adopted from Sudan and the challenge we faced…

Christmas Opposite

Posted on December 23, 2014

YOU WON’T BE SURPRISED TO HEAR THAT the number of those who are homeless has increased in recent years. What does irk us somewhat is the discovery that the numbers of those homeless in the upper 1% is also going up. It’s not that they don’t have homes – the average number is three for this group, and that doesn’t include holiday homes or yachts – it’s that they increasingly avoid settling down anywhere. They often put more importance on their means of transport to all these various places than they do in the temporary habitats they reside in. Those in the upper crust have always been characterized by their possession of opulent homes. But in previous times, at least, they actually lived and worked…

Anne Hidalgo – A Mayor for Everybody

Posted on September 3, 2014

  SHE IS AT ONCE ENGAGING, AND AS THE FIRST FEMALE MAYOR of Paris, France, an energizing groundbreaker. Anne Hidalgo has many similarities to London, Ontario’s present acting mayor, Joni Baechler – highly enthusiastic about the job, a history in planning, an interest in affordable housing, and a keen desire to bring neighbourhoods together. But while Baechler is moving into the sunset of her time as acting mayor, Hidalgo is just getting started. Hidalgo is often at her best when speaking of authenticity as a chief elected official. Politics, especially at election time, is often about candidates attempting to outdo each other as leaders of the people – often a tactic rather than a reality. Hidalgo puts a premium on genuineness, however, as when…

For All of It

Posted on July 18, 2014

“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars…

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