Make a statement…with your actions.

I’ve had an angry week. Some of the anger is directed at parts of day-to-day life that don’t matter much in the bigger picture. Some of the anger is resentment that’s resurfaced from situations I thought I’d already dealt with. And then there’s the outrage I’ve been feeling about bigger issues. Depending how you’re feeling these days, …

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For Sonia and Joseph

I once stayed a few months in a Tanzanian city called Mwanza. I’d spent most of a year trying to find ethical volunteer opportunities overseas. In the process, I’d learned that was a mostly-impossible task, at least for someone without relevant training/skills. That conclusion was one of the reasons I eventually pursued a master’s degree …

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Intelligent disobedience

I recently learned the phrase “intelligent disobedience” and it’s become one of my favourites word pairings. It originated with service dogs. Think about it: a service dog’s job is to protect its human. They are thoroughly trained and trustworthy. When a service dog strays from its usual, the human should pay attention. Dog won’t leave …

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3 Things I’m Tired of Hearing about the Keystone Pipeline

The key to good writing is beginning with several disclaimers, right? (Where is sarcasm font when you need it?) Nonetheless, I have some disclaimers. First, for my handful of readers who live outside Canada, this post may not be for you. Second, I’ve spent a lot of my career at an energy company (long known …

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