As G8/G20 world leaders met behind barricades and riot police lines in Toronto, Canada, I was in a run-down community hall in East Vancouver listening to people from one of the world’s poorest countries talk with pride about their gains in healthcare and literacy and refer to their leaders by their first names: Fidel, Che, Camilo, Raul.
Archives for June 2010
The children of summer, the children we once were, don’t read or watch or worry about the weather, they wear it in their skin. Skin wet with a recent shower, or glowing red from a little too much lazing in the sun, it matters not to them. For what these kids have is not only time, as in available hours, but the time of their lives.
A Maritime outing in search of the world’s best lobster leads to a crustacean attack, and leaves a doctor wondering how to code the injury for Medicare. Was it all worth it? Oh yeah!
We were sitting in the Drenched Beagle in Vancouver when a guy from the bar asked me, “Where are we?” “Here.” I said. Later he asked, “What time is it?” “Now,” I said.
A woman helps her brother to deal with his addiction, then begins to change her own life.
When you feel stressed out or frustrated, relief can be as simple as taking a few minutes to quiet the mind through meditation. Through the process you’ll also inspire your spirit and rejuvenate your body, even more so than getting some deep sleep.
Allan Cram had his assignment in Afghanistan: “to overfly some of the most perilous terrain in the world, where kidnap victims had little hope of being released alive, where Taliban extremists believed math should be taught to Afghan boys not by the adding or subtracting of apples and oranges, but by counting bullets and AK-47s.”
It seems employers of today are refusing to interview applicants who are “presently unemployed.” Let me repeat, employers with viable positions that need to be filled in order to move their companies forward are refusing to interview candidates who are “presently unemployed.”
An encouraging trend is ‘new urbanism,’ which values high density city environments with connected, interdependent citizens. New urbanism realizes that if we all just retreat into suburban garages with automatic doors and our private residence cocoons, then no one is left caring for our streets, parks, community centres — or one another.
The truly oppressed are those who relentlessly chase the dollar dream. To be able to subsist on only the absolute necessities is indeed a strength, not a weakness. Ask anyone who does it.