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  • Please Replace Our Ship

    Please Replace Our Ship

    Last night, I attended the SS Ethie Dinner Theatre at the Nurse Myra Bennett for the Performing Arts-Fortis Theatre in Cow Head, Newfoundland. I left the theatre thinking about the modern manifestation of, please, can you replace our ship with something that works?

  • Learning About Vision from A Blueprint for Dramatic Change

    Learning About Vision from A Blueprint for Dramatic Change

    Riche’s article reminds me of the importance of visioning, a practice known elsewhere and otherwise as imagining or dreaming. Riche does these things in this article and I’m going to bet that he can do it, in part, because he practices storytelling and creating.

  • A Smile: “The Bag is Ready, The Bag is Ready”

    A Smile: “The Bag is Ready, The Bag is Ready”

    TLDR — The really nice guy at MEC fixed my running vest for free and called me over the intercom when it was ready. It was nice. I went to MEC today to get my running vest fixed. The most wonderful technician fixed it, for free. The technician came to the front of the store, […]

  • A Smile: Wearing Double Shoes

    A Smile: Wearing Double Shoes

    I run back and forth to work most days. I wake up, eat breakfast, listen to a podcast, have a cup of tea, and jog into work. In the evenings, at the end of the day, my routine is less defined. When I’m ready to run home I set aside my emails, find my running […]

  • Men Don’t Cry

    Men Don’t Cry

    Men Don’t Cry (Muškarci ne placu) was the first film in my Galway Film Festival experience. I saw it this morning at Pálás Cinema in Galway. This post is the first in my series of blogs from the festival, called Before & After. Men Don’t Cry dramatizes a reconciliation gathering of former soldiers from the Yugoslav Wars. The film confronts its audience with questions about the nature of truth, humanity, identity, and forgiveness. Here is how I experienced it.

  • I Don’t Like Our Stories

    We celebrate Vancouver in Belfast, play hockey in Derry, yet I don’t like our stories. We vote Trudeau in Donegal, speak French in Galway, yet I don’t like our stories. We wear Blue Jays in Limerick, wave flags in Dingle, yet I don’t like our stories. We fund health care in Listowel, drink Canadian in […]

  • Aesthetic or Ethical? Fiction or Non-Fiction?

    Listen here: Today I walked around with Elif Batuman’s thoughts running through my head. Yesterday I shivered, chuckled, and smiled my way through Elif’s interview on the Longform Podcast (subscribe, really, you won’t regret it) and today I walked around thinking about the blurry boundaries between two perpendicular concepts, fiction and non-fiction and aesthetic and ethical. […]

  • Yachts, Zippers, and French Kissing

    This morning I started my day off reading Allison Arieff’s July 9th op-ed entitled ‘Solving All the Wrong Problems’. The article came to me via an experience, last month, at a Social Innovation Residency called Getting to Maybe. It was shared by a member of the faculty team as, what I took as, a sort of […]

  • Is Canada prepared for what a missing women inquiry might reveal?

    Is Canada prepared for what a missing women inquiry might reveal? “Given half a chance, the lawyers in the Justice department will write the most restrictive terms of reference for the inquiry. They’ll spend months drafting and redrafting a lengthy document larded with legalese that will confound the public and limit the inquiry’s scope.” Not […]

  • Also, we should all have a flowerpot person on our front lawn…

    Stopped along the road from Walden to my Motel in Bedford because this was just too awesome not to get a picture of.