This is NOT a Democracy …

June 9th, 2011

I’ve just read that Harper used a Defence Dept plane to fly to Boston to watch hockey … and he’s cancelling the usual budget debate … Then, I survey the media, which generally act as if everything is all well and fine … Normal!  Of course, any thinking person knows it’s not … and we are being “represented” by a group of men, mainly, who are mean-spirited, ignore the law, and have a not-so-hidden agenda to assist money to rise to the top.  No wonder, I’m only listening to the music stations now …

Another Decision …

May 15th, 2011

While still in mourning over the majority victory of our Baby Bush Harper government, I’m trying to decide whether to go with another publisher – or self-publish.  And, I’m tending toward the latter.  Less money, more control.  The only thing I’d miss without a publisher is the quality of the finished book, but am thinking I’ll go with a few, self-pub copies, see how they fly, and then worry about quality!  What a journey this has been!

After the Fall …

May 5th, 2011

Yes, I’m back again after Canada has suffered a very serious blow to its integrity, decency, equality, economy, and democracy. I don’t exaggerate! With the election of a Stephen Harper majority, we are almost helpless to stop him from the agenda he has warned us about … pro-corporate, anti-social programs, nasty, divisive, and more. That’s all I have the energy to write right now … just too depressed!

Censorship Where Least Expected

February 24th, 2011

I’ve been putting together a list of reasons not to vote for our present Harper government – and believe me there are many!  Now, contrary to an earlier agreement, I’ve been told by a left-leaning magazine that they won’t publish my rather-revealing list for fear they might lose their charitable status! Is this democracy?

Divided Loyalties …

February 17th, 2011

I’ve got two Twitter accounts now … each reflecting a side of moi!  One is LostFoundinLond … a very compact version of my book title:  Lost and Found in London.  The other is VoteStrategy … reflecting my activities with a group – www.catch22campaign.ca – advocating strategic voting in order to rid Canada of the Harper Conservatives.  Two interests, two types of Tweets … It’s getting interesting!

Rough Country …

February 15th, 2011

I just listened to a documentary on CBC radio’s The Current, and have learned a lot about the tactics of undermining legitimate organizations in our democracy.  The program was about the former president of a human rights organization, Rights and Democracy, internationally respected for its work in various countries.  It covered the slow, but steady takeover of R and D by pro-Israeli ideologues, who carefully brought into question the leadership of the president.  Yes, it’s a lesson on character assassination, psychological warfare, cover-up, and more … Shame on the Harper government whose appointees led the charge. leading to the death of the president.

Canadian Determination …

January 31st, 2011

This morning, I tore myself away from things intellectual and virtual, and headed to prison!  Or, to a demo in front of a prison … the former location of a successful prison farm where inmates produced their own milk and eggs with enough left over to send to other correctional facilities!  The mean-spirited (I mean that!) Harper government has arbitrarily cancelled all six, internationally respected prison farms … So, it’s warm clothes, extra thick hat and mitts, in order to stand with placards demanding the return of the farms.  The cold is the least of our worries right now in Canada!

Tanks, Bullets, and Culture …

January 30th, 2011

This weekend I am again rehearsing for a public reading of my book, Lost and Found in London, in a few days.  I sit in front of my clock, timing myself, making the odd change when the words aren’t flowing right.  But, in the back of my mind, I know there are people in Egypt and elsewhere who are risking their lives for basic human rights.  My minor concerns about grammar are put into perspective as the death toll climbs.

The Disorganized Left …

January 24th, 2011

While I wait to terminate my book contract and Canada gears up for an election, I’m trying to figure out the difference between the political left and right.  It seems that the right usually has power, likes it, knows how it works, and is willing to do what it can to maintain it.  The left, on the other hand, rarely has power, doesn’t relate to it, and doesn’t have the imagination to grasp it.  I find it difficult to get leftists to answer emails, do what they say they will do, and generally be affective!  Too bad … because they represent the interests and concerns of the majority, and are letting people down.

Literary Baby Steps …

January 20th, 2011

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m in the process of terminating my publishing contract because I want to work with competent, caring people.  However, no grass will be growing under my feet, as I wait for the law to save me!  The tape of my first public reading of “Lost and Found in London,” held a couple of weeks ago, will be aired on CFRC Queen’s University radio tomorrow, Friday.  Hearing my own voice reading my own words will indeed be an experience!  Fingers crossed!