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Sphere of Influence

avril 23, 2018

Power suits or designer boots,

Cap and gown or celebrity renown,


Guru or despot,

Gun touting zealot,


Perfect 10 or totally ken,

Status slave or sex knave,


Family name or hall of fame,

Elected office or company profits,


What is your sphere of Influence?


Thoughts and feelings,

Ways of seeing,


Hopes and dreams,

Worth achieving,


Voices found and voices heard,

Voices joined for the greater good,


What is your sphere of Influence?


And how to account for them all?


 

Good Art

avril 13, 2018


To connect

To inspire

To empower

To create


A moment of truth so fleeting yet so rich


In honesty

In experience

In presence

In Life.



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The Half of It

avril 13, 2018

Another quarter, round metal disc

You Don’t Know

The Half of It


On the grey floor,

Next to my bed,

At Amphitrite’s feet,


Beacon of good fortune?


Proof of honesty?


Souvenir of love?


None of the above.


You Don’t Know

The Half of It


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Light and Love

mars 24, 2018

I recently went to see “Aura” at Notre-Dame Basilica in Old Montreal and it provided the last piece of the puzzle of some of life’s biggest mysteries. What follows is simply my way of explaining what many people (prophets, scientists, philosophers, poets…) have already discovered and also shared in their own ways.


For example, how is it possible for the same person to be in two places at one time? It is not possible you might reply and that is perfectly fine. But what if this phenome...


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Silent Success

mars 11, 2018

So my very first 24 hour vow of silence (spoken AND electronic) was a very simple and satisfactory experience that I only broke twice:


  1. During Frances McDormand’s acceptance speech for best actress at the Oscars, I couldn’t help cheering when, at her request, all the female nominees in the theatre stood up.

  2. When my son invited me to go to see the movie Black Panther, my enthusiasm was such that I immediately accepted; aloud. We saw it the following day of course, as the whole point of the ex...


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Breaking Curfew

mars 3, 2018

This Sunday March 4th at midnight will mark the beginning of my first self-imposed “vow of silence”. My goal is to go without speaking for 24 consecutive hours - every week - for as long as possible.


In preparation, I advised my family who was not terribly disappointed to hear that I would be holding my tongue. They did seem to think that it will be difficult for me though.


I for one, CANNOT WAIT!


The idea came to me after two specific events. First, a friend asserted that I should be spend...


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No End to Love

février 14, 2018

February 14th is fraught for many of us. What follows is intended to illustrate how it is possible to feel love, whenever, wherever and REGARDLESS of your relationship status.

Let’s begin by identifying some of the different kinds of love:

Romantic
Parental
Filial
Fraternal
Altruistic
Self

The kind of love about which I am writing today is ROMANTIC.

How is it possible to feel romantic love whenever or wherever and regardless of relationship status?

Because as described by Sally Kempton in her book ...

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Making Friends With Uncertainty

février 8, 2018

I am sure that most of you will agree with me that in life there is much uncertainty.

For starters there is the uncertainty that exists between ourselves and the outside world. We are usually bursting with questions to which we don’t naturally possess the answers. For example, we wonder whether the bus we are waiting for will be on time or whether there will be a table at our favorite restaurant when we arrive without a reservation on Friday night.

Of course, there are bigger uncertainties th...

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Getting Traction

janvier 29, 2018

How have the past few days living in a world transformed by a coating of ice affected those of you living here in southern Quebec?


The most striking complication is how difficult it has become to physically move about. Walking is much slower and each step is more cautious, more tentative. Maybe you have even completely lost your footing and ended up on your ass. Walking is a great example of a simple task that becomes significantly more demanding - of both attention and energy - when you have...


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