Category Archives: Thoughts

In the almost incidental line of an author’s less than friendly fire…

An old acquaintance (and Facebook friend,) Larry Gambone, has written a book entitled No Regrets: Counter-culture and Anarchism in Vancouver. While I had no measurable truck with Anarchism back in the day, except for a union supporters lifelong flirtatious interest in the IWW, and barely any as it is manifests itself these days on my […]

Thoughts on a Monday morning…

T he first thing I heard on the news this morning was that a school and two medical facilities, including a MSF (Doctors without Borders) Hospital, had been bombed in Maarat al-Numan in Northern Syria. The dead are being counted. The bombs were Russian bombs, they say. Or Assad’s bombs, perhaps. From Russia. Bombs do […]

An ethical jambalaya…

A number of years ago, the Globe and Mail offered a regular ethics column called Ethics 101. I frequently responded to the dilemmas posed and, every so often, my observations were printed. That column, as well as my career in social services, solidified my fascination with ethical situations. These days, there is almost nothing I […]

“Cab Calloway was my number one band guy, I like…”

In the powerful, award winning 2014 documentary, Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory, social worker Dan Cohen and filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett tell a compelling story about the restorative finesse of music, the magical ability of the memory of music to draw out bits and pieces and whole sections of past lives, memories buried […]