Prepared to grieve

The tragedy of the Humboldt hockey players bus crash and the loss of all those sweet boys was and is truly horrible. I feel for parents and friends and other teams and everyone involved. Especially the driver that survived... But while this is happening, and we respond by doing things like putting hockey sticks outside…

On geese, and horrible people, and fear for the future

I'm not ordinarily an anxious person. Life flows by and stuff happens and it bothers me, but I don't usually have the sense of creeping dread that envelops me now. It seems like human beings are losing their compass if indeed we ever had one.  Of course, there is the madness south of our Canadian…

On the occasion of a horrendous election pending and the women v women way we behave

Ah, women. I am one, I think, and yet I am filled with puzzlement at them. I have a group of marvelous women friends who I adore. We all would come running to whomever needed support, would offer casseroles, muffins, homemade soup, a warm shoulder to cry upon. My friends keep me alive, make me…

Manichaean

"Manichaeism taught an elaborate dualistic cosmology describing thestruggle between a good, spiritual world of light, and an evil, material world of darkness. Through an ongoing process which takes place in human history, light is gradually removed from the world of matter and returned to the world of light whence it came. Its beliefs were based on local Mesopotamian gnostic and religious…

Living with sorrow

It's been an interesting week, as the old Chinese curse would say. I read "The Deception of Livvy Higgs" by the wonderful writer Donna Morrissey, while simultaneously realizing I couldn't attend her evening class as planned due to a minor flare up of my MS which seems to be hanging on, alas. Then I went…

Cycling and sociopathy

Mark Twain wrote : The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature who cannot." I have no desire to give the foetid L.A. any more reason for press time, but I am fascinated…

Okay, some things are just wrong.

There I am, in the Tim Horton's, after my customary self-flagellation at the gym. I'm sweating slightly, not smelling as I should, and I pick up the Halifax Metro newspaper, only to see this item: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/05/south-koreans-confiscated-pills-human-remains.html Apparently the South Koreans have confiscated capsules that were filled with dehydrated baby remains. People are taking them to…