No steps forward, two steps back.

Jan 24

In case you didn’t notice, this is just a note to let you know that the war on people who identify as women has started. Or, as people who identify as women around the globe know, it has escalated. In case you didn’t hear, yesterday the leaders of two of the most powerful countries on […]

Beware the TrumPence

Nov 10

The 2016 American presidential election has resulted in the selection of two privileged men to take over the offices of President and Vice President. During the election campaign Donald J. Trump presented–without irony–himself, a white (under the spray-tan), 70-year old man born to wealth and privilege, and his career politician running-mate, as the best alternative […]

The Tragically Hip show on the CBC

Aug 22

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) did an extraordinary thing on August 20th, 2016: It behaved like a public service media organization. The CBC responded to public appeals (Change.org petition, Facebook appeal) to carry the last performance of the Man Machine Poem tour by the Tragically Hip after TicketMaster enabled scalpers — including its “wholly-owned, independently-run” […]

Vanda

Feb 16

A very important and beloved person in my life died in her sleep yesterday. Dr. Vanda Rideout was: a sharp elbow in my ribs to wake me up during film class in our undergrad; a teacher who made sociology and communications theories and methods interesting — and that’s not as easy as you might think […]

About service

Dec 30

I’m here not to change the world, but to serve the world. When you want to change the world, you take a burden of changing, and a responsibility of changing, and that can be stressful. When you are serving the world, you do your best and that’s it.” -Satish Kumar, former Jain Monk in conversation […]

Employment

Dec 30

I am very fortunate to work with clients who are doing extraordinary work. It’s nice to be working with the New Brunswick Aboriginal Peoples Council again, this time on a project to develop a relationship agreement and consultation process between the Council and the Government of New Brunswick. Part of that work will involve creating a […]

Turns of phrase

Dec 13

Redundant expressions and phrases that, when you stop to think about it, people really don’t need to say because they reduce the average intelligence in the room. Free gift Often used in advertising as a way to encourage the purchase of a high-ticket item by offering an incentive, in many cases, a lower-priced product or […]

With affection: Hair product aplenty

Dec 9

I sang with the Thomists for the St. Thomas University (STU) Christmas formal last night. The self-grooming quotient was high, and there was the usual ratio of adorable couples, showboats, and abandoned high heels by the end of the first set. For the first time that I can remember in many years of doing this […]

Lessons learned & (re-)learning

Oct 27

from sewing … Keep it simple, Stupid. Adding layers or complexity to a project increases discomfort, not only in the making of the garment, but in the wearing of it. There is no such thing as a cool lining. Just because something starts simple doesn’t mean it will stay that way. See above. It was […]