Living The Dream, Dodging the Nightmare

“The highest form of knowledge is empathy.” – Bill Bullard Seven years old, mom and dad behind me It has been a week of loss for many. Young Oilers fan, Ben Stelter, passed away at six years old. He was a die hard Oilers fan engaged in the battle for his life with cancer. He lost … Continue reading Living The Dream, Dodging the Nightmare

What Are We Doing…or not doing?

“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” - John Adams Junior Red Cross Hospital for Crippled Children (1957) The above quote was attributed to former President John Adams in in 1765. I feel it is applicable today as it … Continue reading What Are We Doing…or not doing?

Do People “Think” for Themselves Anymore

"Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with a sense of responsibility for each other's welfare , social justice can never be attained" - Helen Keller I have been pretty quiet of late, in big part due to "compassion fatigue" and, in part, because I am bordering on just succumbing to the … Continue reading Do People “Think” for Themselves Anymore

A Day of Reflection

Different sense illicit different memories, moods and reflections. We are a collective of our senses and most don't realize that, simplicity is the preference - Terry Wiens (2022) https://videopress.com/v/Lof2s9qx?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata&useAverageColor=true Concert in the park, Sunday was Palladio Music courtesy of the 17th Ave BIA The first Monday in August is a long weekend for many provinces. … Continue reading A Day of Reflection

A Confluence of Events

"Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive" - Andy Grove Fighting Complacency Today marks my 69th anniversary of my initial polio diagnosis. I had thought of putting my meanderings to bed and hadn't really planned on writing these anymore but here I am. I have spend the last five weeks trying to … Continue reading A Confluence of Events

We Don’t Know What We Know Until We Realize

Cognitive psychology has shown that the mind best understands facts when they are woven into a conceptual fabric, such as a narrative, mental map, or intuitive theory. Disconnected facts in the mind are like unlinked pages on the Web: They might as well not exist. - Steven Pinker I have spent the last five days … Continue reading We Don’t Know What We Know Until We Realize

The Contrarian Community of Calgary

A community is democratic only when the humblest and weakest person can enjoy the highest civil, economic, and social rights that the biggest and most powerful possess. - A. Phillip Randolph 1969 Polio protest for the right to live independently For the first time since the pandemic was declared I am now sitting at Kanpai … Continue reading The Contrarian Community of Calgary