"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
Writing From Frustration
(A variant quote) - "It's easier to ask forgiveness than to get permission" - Grace Hopper With the writ finally coming down for the next federal election it is time to start writing again. I have ignore my writing all summer while I took on other challenges only to realize my absence of expression only … Continue reading Writing From Frustration
Burning Through Tax Dollars
"It is worth our passions as it is with fire and water; they are good servants but bad masters" - Aesop's Fables 1692 I am really upset with this most recent suggestions from our local government to cut $9 million from our fire departments budget. This is no way to manage a progressive city, public … Continue reading Burning Through Tax Dollars
The Edge of the Wedge
A wedge issue is a political or social issue, often of a controversial or divisive nature, which splits apart a demographic or population group We seem to have been thrust into what has become quite a controversial election season. British Columbia held a province wide vote Saturday (October 20) to renew every municipal government in … Continue reading The Edge of the Wedge
No Bulb in the Socket
"Life is to short to drag a trunk of suppressed negative feelings around, dump that crap and travel life's road with an overnight bag. The trip is much more enjoyable when not weight down with old baggage." - Terry Wiens (2018) CONFESSION - ALERT, if course language and angry outbursts affect your sensitivities you should … Continue reading No Bulb in the Socket
The “Yes, But” Person
"Compromise is not about losing. It is about deciding the other person has just as much right to be happy with the end result as you do." - Donna Martini I am sitting here engulfed in the fall out of the BC forest fires, thick smoke heavy enough to taste and that's from five hundred … Continue reading The “Yes, But” Person
Back Home and Back to Basics
History never really says goodbye. History says "see you later" - Eduardo Galeano Between dealing with the "normal" aging process of a non-conventional body and watching the erosion of disability rights I have been withdrawing into a numbness. I feel like I have been fumbling around a dark tunnel for the past three years while … Continue reading Back Home and Back to Basics
What Is Family?
"The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life" - Richard Bach It is one of those days and the frequency is increasing. I have been experiencing a new sensation that can best be described as a hive of bee's crawling over my … Continue reading What Is Family?
Is Being a Pioneer Worth It?
"In a word I was a pioneer, and therefore had to blaze my own trail" - Major Taylor There's a light fog out there today, maybe better described as a mist but enough that you know the horizon is there but you can't quite make it out. That same fogginess has been clouding my mind … Continue reading Is Being a Pioneer Worth It?
Blogging Isn’t Journalism
"Rational discussion is useful only when there is a significant base of shared assumptions" - Noam Chomsky I don't pretend to be a journalist but the world of social media has suddenly turned everyone with a keyboard into a "journalist". Just because I took a few journalism courses at school and had a column in … Continue reading Blogging Isn’t Journalism