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My opinion on all this Stuff & Nonsense…

We Need to Talk About Racism

Among the list of his other accomplishments, our now EX-Prime Minister set a glowing example of fear, ignorance, hatred and intolerance for the people of this country, and the world. What is deeply disturbing is how many of us followed his lead. Racism in Canada isn't new. Heck, the genocide of this country's First Nations is [...]

By |2017-04-20T11:09:53+00:00October 24th, 2015|Opinion|Comments Off on We Need to Talk About Racism

Well, THAT was unexpected!

  Holy moly! When Sean McIntyre from the Driftwood Newspaper contacted me a while ago, wanting to do a feature article about my Counselling & Healing Work for the Salt Spring Island Wellness Guide, I didn’t really know what to expect. I guess I figured he’d write a nice little article that would slip quietly between [...]

By |2017-04-20T11:10:18+00:00May 20th, 2015|Opinion|Comments Off on Well, THAT was unexpected!

Friends?

  My Magpie & I have recently been working our way through the TV show 'Friends' from beginning to end. The experience is heart-warming, and sad. We are both old enough to remember what friendships looked like when people were still choosing to connect in person, to connect deeply, and to make these connections a priority in [...]

By |2017-04-20T11:10:26+00:00April 23rd, 2015|Opinion|Comments Off on Friends?

WHAT did you just say? PART 3

  Another line of inquiry arising from the discussion of my response to "Ban the Burka" involves the question of whether or not social media, particularly Facebook, is an appropriate avenue for such topics. Here are my thoughts:   Whether or not social media is an appropriate avenue for these topics is indeed a big question. [...]

By |2017-04-20T11:10:37+00:00March 7th, 2015|Opinion, Uncategorized|Comments Off on WHAT did you just say? PART 3

WHAT did you just say? PART 2

    Wow. My little rant certainly inspired some interesting dialogue on Facebook last week!   For the sake of clarity, the item that inspired the rant was reposted from a FB site called "Britain First", under the caption "It could be anyone in there! - give a share if you think the Burka should be [...]

By |2017-04-20T11:10:38+00:00March 6th, 2015|Opinion|Comments Off on WHAT did you just say? PART 2

WHAT Did You Just Say? (Warning – Rant: Foul language & graphic imagery)

      So, someone I know posted to Facebook today, in support of a movement to ban the burka on the basis that "it could be anyone in there". I absolutely refuse to repost the image, and have reported it to Facebook as the offensive, racist bullshit that it is. I will however, post my [...]

By |2017-04-20T11:10:39+00:00March 1st, 2015|Opinion|Comments Off on WHAT Did You Just Say? (Warning – Rant: Foul language & graphic imagery)

Newtown, please forgive us… (original post at twolfblogspot.tumblr.com)

What is this world that we live in, where any armed man, woman or child can walk into a school, or post-office, or place of work and start blowing people away? No. That’s not even the right question. There are guns, yes. But guns don’t kill children. People kill children.  Without people to pull triggers, guns [...]

By |2017-04-20T11:10:47+00:00August 18th, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off on Newtown, please forgive us… (original post at twolfblogspot.tumblr.com)

Daughters & Self-determination: I’m with Jada & Will Smith on this one… (original post at twolfblogspot.tumblr.com)

Raising my own two daughters, I went to great lengths to teach them empowerment, self-determination, self-confidence, self-respect and a plethora of other “woman power” values. With the undeniable aid of the Spice Girls, and some amazing female friends, I think I did a pretty good job.   One of the biggest challenges, was teaching my girls [...]

By |2017-04-20T11:10:48+00:00August 18th, 2013|Life, Relationships, Sexuality, Parenting & Children, Opinion|Comments Off on Daughters & Self-determination: I’m with Jada & Will Smith on this one… (original post at twolfblogspot.tumblr.com)

The Problem of Teaching Bi-gendered Language in a Multi-gendered World (original post at twolfblogspot.tumblr.com)

Recently, someone I know, who is training to become a teacher in a fairly progressive setting, posted a question on Facebook. The problem, as I understood it, was this: How does one teach masculine & feminine nouns, without reinforcing gender stereotypes and/or alienating those whose experience is located beyond our currently short-sighted definitions of male and [...]

By |2017-04-20T11:10:49+00:00August 18th, 2013|Life, Relationships, Sexuality, Parenting & Children, Opinion|Comments Off on The Problem of Teaching Bi-gendered Language in a Multi-gendered World (original post at twolfblogspot.tumblr.com)

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate? (original post at twolfblogspot.tumblr.com)

Recently, the issue of vaccination has been coming up frequently among many parents I know. This decision, alongside a multitude of others, tends to cause all kinds of emotional and mental agony as each of these good people wrestles with the question of how to do right by their children.  With all the conflicting information out [...]

By |2015-07-19T19:18:58+00:00August 18th, 2013|Life, Relationships, Sexuality, Parenting & Children, Opinion|Comments Off on To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate? (original post at twolfblogspot.tumblr.com)