The Luxury of Peace

Yesterday I wrote a post about my daughter listening to news reports about the plane shot down over Ukraine. This morning I woke up thinking about how lucky I am that my biggest concern about the conflicts happening in the world is how my children will react to the news about those conflicts. Read more of this post

Talking with kids about planes that fall from the sky

Sometimes the world makes me tired.

This morning while I was wracking my brain for camp lunch ideas I suddenly realized that my seven year old daughter was standing in the kitchen with me. She wasn’t doing anything, just standing with the vacant expression that appears on her face when the wheels are turning in her head or she is in TV-watching bliss.

I asked her what she was doing and she said she was listening to the radio. Read more of this post

“Should rape be legalized to make it safer?”

This was the question posed by Sun Media “journalist” Faith Goldy to a woman standing near to me at the anti-choice “March for Life” last week. I was participating in the pro-choice presence as I do every year. Goldy was working her way along the line asking confrontational questions and pushing buttons. Often they were based on incorrect information or false assumptions. Others, like the question she asked about legalizing rape were ridiculous and designed to elicit outrage.

I fell for her interview style. I was unprepared when she came to interview me. She jumped from question to question and each one was argumentative and often ignored what I had previously said. I did a poor job explaining why I was there and why I am pro-choice because my brain’s first reaction to every question was “WHAT?” I didn’t do as I should have and rejected the premise of her questions or take a deep breath before responding to her. Luckily I have this handy blog and can write the response I will give the next time I run into her or any other such troll.

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Top Toys of the Year

It seems that for some strange reason at this time of the year there are lots of magazine and newspaper article about the best/hottest/coolest/funnest/top toys of the year as chosen by parents/marketers/kids/families/magazine editors/toy stores, etc. It is possible that this has something to do with the Christmas toy buying season or maybe it is because the automotive industry controls the toy industry and they like to roll out the new models at the same time…

Ultimately all of these guides are being written to help parents and others buy toys that kids will like. So how do we know which of these guides to trust?  How do we decide?  I have a bias and suggest that the best one is coming out this week. Read more of this post

A week of funerals

As many of you know we had a terrible crash between a double decker bus and a passenger rail train in Ottawa last week.  Six people were killed and dozens were injured on the bus.  Following the crash there were many photos published in the newspapers and online of the bus with the front sheared off and of the train which derailed as a result of the collision.  A couple of days after the crash we learned the names of the five passengers and the driver of the bus who were killed and the Ottawa Citizen ran stories about each of the people killed. Read more of this post

Basketball with Ghandi

The other day I saw this great little film via the magic of Facebook and Gawker.  Only thing is that it is actually a commercial for a Thai telecommunications company.

It is an inspirational, beautiful, emotional story.  When I first watched it, I thought “wow that is a great video!”  I decided I would write a post about how doing small things can make a difference in the world.  I thought I can fit that fake Ghandi quote about being the change you want to see in the world into this one.  Then my cynical media awareness trainer brain kicked in to gear. Read more of this post

I am an Addict

An information addict that is.  I have a compulsion to know things.  Not for any specific reason, just because I want to know what is going on in the world.  I’m not saying I have a big problem, I can quit anytime.  I just don’t want to quit yet… Read more of this post