Tag: Politics

Learning from an Elder

in memory of, Politics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X58YE4Orrw I lived in Canada for nine years and learned a lot about Canadian culture and politics while I was there. One of my favorite politicians (actually one of my favorite people) was Jack Layton who led the New Democratic Party before his death. He succumbed unexpectedly to cancer after taking a leave of absence that only lasted a month. He left a letter for his spouse Olivia Chow to release in the event of his death. Canadian children's musician Raffi used the text of the letter to compose a song that he played to honor Mr. Layton at his memorial service. Since January 20, I've been in protest mode as much as my body and personal concerns would allow. Finally I remembered Jack. (I always think of him that way.) I wish some of our current pol...
Daily Practice for August 3, 2016

Daily Practice for August 3, 2016

Word: My cats are insane. We have three cats. One male cat, Tex, and two girl cats, Elizabeth and Hermione. None of them are spring chickens. Technically, Hermione is Colin's cat and Elizabeth is Kennedy's cat (my sons). We've had Tex for 13 years and the other two came together 10 years ago. They are all rescue cats and had varying degrees of trauma when they arrived. Elizabeth is a tiny, black cat. She is thirteen years old but still looks like a kitten--there seems to be a perpetual air of innocence around her. She came to us when she was three. As the story goes, she went to the shelter with her litter of kittens and was such a good mama that they gave her two more litters to foster. Then she was done parenting. She is blind in one eye. When we brought her home, she ran into the
Daily Practice for August 1, 2016

Daily Practice for August 1, 2016

Word: Can I just take a moment to scream? It is August 1st and I am not ready for it!! Whew, that feels better. Thank you. I would also like to take a moment to scream because if this US election and news cycle continues in this manner, my brains are going to fall out of my head. Can we all say, augh!! All that aside, I have been pondering how people make decisions regarding who they will elect. It seems to me that there is a trend towards electing personalities. I wonder how this plays out in our regular life. In leadership studies, there is the "Great Man" theory. The "Great Man" theory says that the right person for a job is the person with the right charisma, intelligence, or wisdom for a job. Great men are born, not made. It is largely not used in leadership any more. We can se