"Privilege is when you think something is not a problem because it's not a problem to you personally." Like election promises, we hear what's convenient Coming out of this (maybe) pandemic nightmare, I believe, is going to leave some unexpected "long hauler" effects on a society in general. Personally, having been through this before, albeit … Continue reading Preparing the Garden of Privilege (edited)
"There's a moment where you have to choose whether to be silent or stand up" - Malala Yousafzai I have spent the last 4 months running from pillar to post with little direction, teetering on the edge of frustration continually, constantly researching the continual flow of misinformation (in so many areas) while, in reality, accomplishing … Continue reading Busy With Purpose
Life in the tree I haven't published anything on my site for some time and actually thought I was finished with it. I have been writing a lot but not publishing. It just seemed everything I wrote was so negative and jaded that I didn't want to put it out there. We are surrounded with … Continue reading Return To Sender
My frustration level is maxed. Trying to be a nice guy in this world just makes you a victim...
I have just finished week 7 of the COVID19 life-style and I'm starting to run on fumes. The fight is draining out of me. I feel like I'm trapped on a carousel of an ever changing cycle of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, five stages of grief. However just as you think you have worked through one, a … Continue reading Running On Fumes
Alberta Children's Hospital (1958) Growing up in the Children's Hospital you really have little control over your day to day life. You learn quickly two things, routine is very structured and your activities are very planned. I knew everyday that a nurse would be there at 8am, noon, 4:30pm and again around 9pm to check … Continue reading The Resurrection of a Memory
Advocacy is often seen as working “within the system” whereas activism is seen as working “outside the system” to generate change. I think this is really useful, as clearly the role or issue can shift from one to the other. - Author unknown #SpeakOut, make your voice heard, silence only supports injustices I have fifty years experience as … Continue reading Activist or Advocate?
"I would rather be a little nobody than to be an evil somebody" - Abraham Lincoln Don't let your silence allow this to happen again. At what point do we move from an act of bullying to an act of hate? I would suggest that when we reach that point where malice and violence are … Continue reading As Bullying Blossoms to Hate
"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
I will never regret getting old. I knew too many people who never had the privilege and just as many who never made it out of the Children's Hospital