To Remember Is to Work For Peace

“The next thing you are going to want to do,” said one caller, “is follow the Santa Claus parade with a demonstration drawing awareness to the children making our toys in Chinese factories.”  “Not a bad idea,” she responded.  This got a huge reaction from both the caller and her opposition on the show.  She had already won me over, and now I was sure that I was listening to an incredible woman.  Not afraid to be a rebel, not afraid to challenge every convention, not afraid to ask questions and not just blindly do whatever the writing o

You Never Know Who You're Talking To

“You don’t sell rolling papers?”

“No, I don’t sell.”

“Well... you’re losing business.”

The high school students turn and leave, continuing their quest to get high.  The door closes behind them and another opportunity has been lost in their journey to find something better.

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This morning I met Alvaro.

Beauty Doesn't Come In A Magazine

“Do you really think the modelling industry is disgusting?”

“Not necessarily,” I replied, “But the last thing that I would want for you is to be told over and over again that you are not skinny enough, that would disgust me.”

“But I could lose some weight.”

Messed Up Sense of Worth

The Problem with Leadership

We are getting a new road, driveways and curbs put into our complex.  It certainly is an inconvenience.  We have lost access to our street and driveways for weeks.  We have to park out on the main road, walking groceries into our complex and needing to walk all the kids out to the van when we need to go somewhere.  But hey, everyone else in the complex is in the same boat.

Who are you?

"To be nobody but yourself -- in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else -- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting." - E.E. Cummings.

Gratitude vs. Entitlement

Canadian Thanksgiving has just past. I will take the opportunity to be obvious and do a short blog on gratitide. But first, these words from Louis CK.

Nation of Rebels

A long time ago I read a book called, “Nation of Rebels” now re-titled “Rebel Sell” by Canadians Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter. While there are many things which I would question in this book, it still offers an interesting proposal. Rebellion in our current society usually claims to be ‘counter-culture’. It will claim in many instances to not buy into the system, to be against consumerism and call for a complete transformation of the current order.

True Rebel Song Profile: "Love The Way You Lie"

I am very impressed by Eminem's "Love The Way you Lie" featuring Rihanna. The song is tremendously popular and yet it deals with some very heavy material. The song is about violence in a relationship and the cycle that occurs in domestic violence. Not only does the violence return but it escalates and in this song ends tragically with the man tying her to the bed and setting the house on fire.

Never Want To Say "What if?"

We had a suicide in our community about a year and a half ago. There is no such thing as a typical suicide, despite the statistics that could profile who would be most likely to make such a desperate and devastating choice. Each one is absolutely heartbreaking and leaves us asking questions and searching for answers. This was certainly the case in our community. In this case, the young man certainly would not have fit any profile that might come to your mind when you think about suicide. He seemed popular, well liked, a senior in high school, part of the football team.

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