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About terrywiens

Politically engaged, defender of rights whether or not I agree with the situation, techno nerd and someone who believes in open dialogue as well as open democracy. Father/grandfather and polio survivor who has maintained his own independence all of his life

Syphoning Hope

“When I was young my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world.  My hope is to leave the world a little better for having been there” – Jim Henson I think most … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving 59 Years Later

“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain.  It’s the loneliness of it.  Memories need to be shared” – Lois Lowry, The Giver CONFESSIONS – It is challenging to distinguish between a confession and whining however after two weeks … Continue reading

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Calgary 2026, Redefining Legacy

“Legacy is not leaving something for people, it’s leaving something IN people” – Peter Strople Calgarians will go to the polls November 13, 2018 for, what appears to be, a straight forward plebiscite on whether or not to pursue the bid … Continue reading

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It’s the Not the Attention We Receive That Counts, it’s the Attention We Pay

“When you pay attention to boredom it gets unbelievably interesting” – Jon Kabat-Zinn I became a fan and follower of Jon Kabat-Zinn early in my career as a mental health therapist.  His teachings not only contributed to my job performance … Continue reading

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Remembering Wilson

“A lot of you cared, just not enough” – Jay Asher, 13 Reasons Why CONFESSIONS – It is that time of year again when the idyllic days of summer begin to fade and we re-immerse ourselves into  the early trappings … Continue reading

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Democracy is Chess, Not Checkers

“People shouldn’t be afraid of their governments.  Governments should be afraid of their people” – Alan Moore, V for Vendetta I am blown away by the apparent pettiness of that sack of air the people of Ontario elected to guide … Continue reading

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Advocacy 101 – A Basic Introduction

“Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights.  Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight” – Bob Marley I wrote a brief “rant” a couple of weeks ago regarding social justice.  I had a lot of feedback … Continue reading

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