Dying to serve

At the local library one day, I noticed a book that would not typically have interested me enough to borrow it.  But something drew me to it — and for that I came to be very grateful.  I took from the stacks a thin white volume called The Boys, or, Waiting for the electrician’s daughter by John Terpstra.  The jacket indicated the author was a renowned Canadian poet, though a glance at the text showed this was more prose than pure poetry.
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Lincoln’s practical wisdom

Check out Abe Lincoln on YouTube and you find various videos teaching kids and adults how to draw him.  Numerous books and essays have also “painted” a portrait of Lincoln Continue reading “Lincoln’s practical wisdom”

Martin Luther & King Jr.

Michael King Jr. Day is celebrated in the U.S. every third Monday in January  —  no, wait, that’s not right.  It actually is Martin Luther King Jr. Day,  isn’t?  But it might have been Continue reading “Martin Luther & King Jr.”

Cultural change: Fiddler on the pagoda

I was reading in The Smithsonian Magazine that the stage play Fiddler on the Roof has remained very popular in Japan since its introduction there fifty years ago, with hundreds of productions of it.  The article tells of Joe Stein, who wrote the text of the Continue reading “Cultural change: Fiddler on the pagoda”

If you are spoken against

You might remember the courageous lawyer Atticus Finch who defended a black man in the deep south in the film To Kill A Mockingbird, but let me tell you of the real life Atticus.  Continue reading “If you are spoken against”

Canadian amnesia

In Canada, we have just spent a year celebrating the 150th anniversary of the official beginning of our modern nation, but apart from frequent mention of  “150”  there has been little commemoration of what really happened.  The festivities have included Continue reading “Canadian amnesia”