by Stan Hirst Permit me to introduce the apples of my eye – my grandkids. They’re Canadians, so naturally there is one boy and one girl. I use the term ‘Canadians’ somewhat collectively, since a quick review of their family trees shows ancestors from 10 known genetic ancestries. Plus, there is a bit of Neanderthal… Continue reading Back to the future, kids
[global change, climate change, understanding, pessimism, optimism, attitude] by Peggy Olive In the wee hours of the morning, I listened to a replay of one of CBC’s thought-provoking programs called Ideas. A career diplomat, Paul Heinbecker, was invited to discuss The Challenge of Peace. Among other positions, Heinbecker served as Permanent Representative of Canada to… Continue reading It’s not as bad as it looks (but is it much worse than it seems?)
[global, change, psychology, pessimism, optimism, attitude] by Stan Hirst I spent an hour or two idling along the Ambleside sea-wall this past week. Ships at anchor in a placed bay, azure blue sky overhead with the proverbial scudding white clouds, a pair of bald eagles fishing just off-shore (one fish from 30 dives, and I… Continue reading Coping with a changing world
by Stan Hirst Some things are worth repeating. Like walking the Lynn Creek canyon on the North Shore in early winter when the grey rain keeps everybody else indoors. Like watching the flocks of band-tailed pigeons make their annual brief sojourn to my neighbourhood to guzzle whatever they can find in the greenbelt trees. Like… Continue reading The Elders’ Declaration
by Stan Hirst What’s the problem? The Suzuki Elders began life way back in 1996 as The Council of Elders of the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF). Over the past 19 years the group has morphed into the present-day Association of Suzuki Elders (SE) and has expanded and matured in terms of scope, ambition and membership.… Continue reading What do Elders think?
by Stan Hirst Try this simple word association game with your friends or family members. It will take less than a minute. Give them a word and ask them to respond immediately with whatever word that first comes into their minds. Give them about six or seven random words in quick succession and then throw… Continue reading Changing with the times
by Erlene Woollard I grew up as a quietly feral child in the deep US South in the midst of a conservative, highly traditional and even rigid decorum. My earliest memories are of much family chaos juxtaposed with the serene visits to my grandparent’s farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was… Continue reading Looking Back and Forth: A Sense of Place
by Lillian Ireland “When are we going to get there?” I pleaded for the umpteenth time, as I sat huddled between my two brothers in the back seat of the Volkswagen Beetle. Through the eyes of a six year old, everything looked the same; the long road, blaring headlights, and blowing snow. How I wanted… Continue reading When Are We Going to Get There?
by Peggy Olive My world included two beautiful trees in our Montreal backyard as I grew up in the 1950s. A stately American elm, shared with our neighbour and several gray squirrels, was so tall that the lowest branches began well above my father’s head. The rough, deep grooves in the bark gripped my tiny… Continue reading Small Green Spaces
By Diana Ellis Dear N, Have I told you lately how much I love you? Gosh, we’ve been going together for so long now – I think sometimes I just take you for granted, which is always a dangerous thing to do in a relationship! I’ve been trying to remember the first time we… Continue reading A Love Letter to “N”