Goo Goo Dolls - Rebel Beat

I feel like I need to share this song for the title alone.

No Change Without Hope

"The young do not know enough to be prudent and therefore they attempt the impossible…and achieve it generation after generation."  Pearl S. Buck

I got the opportunity to meet a woman named Karyn McCluskey last Monday and hear her speak at an event put on by the Police Services Board for the Region of Peel. Karyn has had excellent success in Scotland, spear-heading that country's attempts to reduce violence.

Trayvon Martin: The Latest Victim

It is impossible to get away from the a discussion of race when discussing Trayvon Martin's death and the circumstances surrounding him being shot by George Zimmerman.

I have been cautious to respond hastily to the 'not guilty' verdict recently awarded to Zimmerman. This is a very polarizing case and I wanted to think deeply before actually deciding what I want to say in this moment.

Malala Yousafzai : A True Rebel

Malala Yousafzai addressed the United Nations earlier today. On her 16th birthday Malala challenges the UN to commit to free education for every child in the world. Another great example of why I KNOW that YOU, our youth, can change everything!

You Can Make A Difference

Zach Sobiech : A True Rebel

I Will Never Be Disappointed In You

The Dam recently published a newsletter for Spring 2013 focusing specifically on mentoring. I was asked to write a piece for the cover which I thought I would share here as well.

Hope you enjoy!

newsletter

Artists Against - True Colours

Boston Bombing : How Will We Respond?

My mind went directly to my friend Lee and her family who I knew were in Boston so that Lee could participate in the Marathon. Lee had been an important mentor to me when I was a teen, one of the adults who treated me with respect and like an equal... that's so important.

When I finally had an opportunity to text, I first went to Facebook and saw what I was looking for; at the top of my news feed was a post from Israel, Lee's daughter, informing everyone that they were all okay.

Because I Got High

We came back inside after getting high together and sat across from each other at the table. Everything was hilarious; we laughed way more than we should have. We kept meeting eyes and laughing all the more... but there was more to the look; we were sharing something together... nobody else at that moment was sharing what we were sharing.

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