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Summer Reflection: Any Cure For The Summertime Blues?

Posted on July 6, 2018

There are many different kinds of poverty in our world today, but one form gaining increasing attention is that of loneliness.? There’s a distinction between loneliness and the solitude so many of us seek each summer.?The former is about the deep disillusionment of being alone while the latter is about the pleasure of being in our own company and finding healing in it. It is entirely likely that this summer will be plagued by more loneliness than any in recent memory.? This isn’t just a thought or premonition since there’s plenty of research and evidence to reveal that loneliness itself might well be at epidemic levels. Writing in the New York Times?last April, Leah Nash made a rather stunning declaration: “There’s a mountain of…

Summer Reflections – How Did We Get Here?

Posted on July 4, 2018

This year especially, summer couldn’t come soon enough.? And not because we endured a long, hard, unpredictable winter – which we certainly did.?No, it’s something more, something almost intangible – a sense that things aren’t great collectively.?Individually we might feel a certain sense of normalcy, but when it comes to our position in the broader world – our sense of hope, promise, dignity, respect, the ability to make change – we aren’t as sure where we stand. This week our family has been volunteering at a kid’s autism camp, as we do every year.? You could sense the careful disenchantment, the lack of optimism, the worry over our shared state of affairs in most conversations, coffee shops, and idle chatter.? Much of it was…

Summer’s Hidden Messages

Posted on August 12, 2017

As we move into the dog days of August we are mindful that summer is moving towards the exit and we long for it to tarry just a while longer. It’s like an old acquaintance we haven’t seen for a year but with whom we can pick things up naturally where we left off. It’s a season for the young, with its tans, endless round of activities, the food, drink, and the partying. But it is perhaps the most poignant time of year for those who reflect and “feel” the intimacies of life – like author Tony Morrison when she noted, “I have only to break into the tightness of a strawberry, and I see summer.” Something about that kind of intuitiveness is best…

Different, But Not Less

Posted on July 3, 2014

EVERY SUMMER OUR FAMILY VOLUNTEERS AT AN ONTARIO CAMP?that assists kids with autism. A friend, Fran Slee, inherited a former family camp on the shores of Lake Cecebe and had a dream of turning into a camp where not only autistic kids, but their families, could have a place to move out into Nature in security and awe. It is a wonderful place of personal and collective transformation. Our family has never been challenged with the pressures of autism, but we’re not blind to the obstacles and opportunities it brings to the lives of these families. Many kids with autism face sensory challenges, reacting strongly to bright light or crowd noise. Some respond so violently that they can slam their heads against walls. Others…

A Bookish Summer

Posted on June 27, 2013

Friedrich Nietzsche used to say, “All I need is a sheet of paper and something to write with, and then I can turn the world upside down.”? I guess I’ve been trying to do that for years, only with a keyboard. ?Mostly I write in the attempt to urge politicians to act on the foundations of their conscience and for citizens to rise up and grasp for the democratic torch that has been handed to them.? It’s likely all that writing has little effect. I read an article in the New York Times last week that said, “If you want your blog to be popular, write for your audience – talk about them and their interests.”? Trouble is, I can’t work like that. The…

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