Category: Social & Environment

  • How To Escape Death Valley

    How To Escape Death Valley

    It is my last essay for 2020 and I wanted to express my thoughts on what the future could look like, if we create the path forward into 2021. I feel like we are standing at a time of choice. Some yearn for the way it was before the pandemic, but others are quick to…

  • Time For A New World Order

    Time For A New World Order

    “Historically, Pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas,…

  • Creativity is Remembered, Not Learned

    Creativity is Remembered, Not Learned

    “Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.”    -Sir Ken Robinson The world lost a remarkable leader in the pursuit of learning and creativity on August 21, 2020. Sir Ken Robinson’s 2006 TED talk posed the question, ‘Do Schools Kill Creativity?’ With close to 70 million…

  • The pace of change is speeding towards us

    The pace of change is speeding towards us

    The young adults living in my home, who are part of generation-Z, are accepting the pace of change brought on by the pandemic. Home schooling, buying goods and services online and adapting to new ways of socializing with friends has been a relatively easy transition. We have seen this adaptability across the cohort. In our…

  • Practices of the hippies are back

    Practices of the hippies are back

    “There’s so much plastic in this culture that vinyl leopard skin is becoming an endangered synthetic.”   -Lily Tomlin When I came of age in the ’80’s, the natural – eco stuff was considered old fashioned. We wanted neon bright colours that can only be achieved with a toxic dose of synthetic dye compounds, (many…

  • Leafing Around The Islands

    Leafing Around The Islands

    “Leave sooner, drive slower, live longer.” -Unknown In September of 2019 we purchased a 3-year old Nissan Leaf with 11 bars of battery capacity. For just over a year before that, I had been using public transit to get to work and back logging over 3 hours a day of my time. The carbon footprint…

  • A new kind of world peace?

    A new kind of world peace?

    [et_pb_section admin_label=”section”] [et_pb_row admin_label=”row”] [et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to…

  • What to do, in times like these?

    What to do, in times like these?

    “With gentleness, overcome anger. With generosity, overcome meanness. With truth. overcome delusion.”   —The Buddha, Verse 223, The Dhammapada I’ve spent the first 50 years of my life putting things in order. Getting through high school and post secondary education myself and helping my children do the same. Landing jobs and building my corporate career. Creating…

  • Minimum effort, maximum reward

    Minimum effort, maximum reward

    When I was a teenager I hated cleaning leaf lettuce freshly picked from the garden. Somehow this task was assigned to me at the time of day when the garden plants were wilting in the heat. The greens I had to deal with for the evening meal’s salad were limp. If I had picked in…

  • Circle of Life, Craft and Women

    Circle of Life, Craft and Women

    Circles of people are one of the oldest forms of human gatherings, dating back some 30,000 years. This was the venue to share valuable information, necessary to prosperity and survival of the group. Women would meet separately along the lunar cycle allowing an intergenerational flow of ideas. About 6,000 years ago, Western societies became more…