Baseline Wrap-Up

Before illness, I loved to play tennis.  Although never the fastest player on the court, I appreciated the fact that tennis is also a game of strategy.  My strategy was often to aim for the baseline, a shot that almost always caught my opponent off guard.  Of course, missed shots were most often out-of-bounds. This […]

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When Turning Off the News Is Not Enough

“I am glad that Bill Cosby got jail time,” I state, seated across from my husband at lunch.  “I hope justice doesn’t stop there.” My husband shifts uncomfortably in his chair.  He thought that Cosby should have house arrest.  He doesn’t say it now – he’s too sensitive for that – but he has said […]

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Policy vs Need

“I can’t process your application with the information I’ve been given,” the woman on the phone is officious, likely hates her job, I theorize.  “Your doctor has only sent me four medical reports; there is not enough here to support an inability to work.” I might have guffawed at this.  “I can barely manage day-to-day […]

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We Are Called

My husband is googling “The Declaration of Independence”. I am just trying to breathe: a tempest of emotions, thoughts, and fears attacking rationality. I try to think back to another time when I felt such terror…to reassure myself that this will all pass…but I think about my son who recently converted to Muslim for the […]

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I Can Only Hope

I understand the need for political change – here in Canada it represented a landslide win for a young, politically inspired, English teacher with “great hair” as all the election attack ads reminded us in hopes of discrediting him. I get that Hilary has a less than spectacular track record tainted by rumours of corruption. At […]

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7 Strategies for Political Success

Have been watching American politics lately – it’s a bit like coming across a train wreck and being unable to disengage – and have concluded that in order to be a successful politician, the following tactics are crucial: Run your campaign like a reality TV show.  Put entertainment first and your audience will be sure […]

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“The Sellout” by Paul Beatty, A Humble Review

Humbled is only way I can describe my experience of Paul Beatty’s novel, “The Sellout”.  Beatty’s comic approach to issues ranging from being raised by a single parent, racial matters, love, and the judicial system is cleverly acerbic.  Each line of the novel is packed with cutting commentary, and I found myself laughing out loud […]

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