My journey with AIDS…and more!: National Coming Out Day 2017

It’s October 11. In the United States, at least, it’s National Coming Out Day. I know of no such celebration in Canada but we’ve been ahead of the pack inn most ways having to do with lgbt-2 liberation. For me, Coming Out Day was sometime in February of 1981. I had come crashing out to ...

centre of the universe: October 6, 1999

It was a Wednesday. My back had been killing me ever since the games convention on the previous weekend. Wizard’s Challenge (North); we’d just pulled off the con – I’d been part of the planning team – and all reports were good. I spent much of the night stretching and cursing under my breath for…

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: What A Week

A week ago my Dad passed away from complications due to his cancer treatments. I last saw him in person 3 weeks ago on Labour Day Sunday, and he seemed to be doing about as well as anyone who has been through months of chemotherapy. Earlier in the week my Godmother, Betty Klein, also passed ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Moose Jaw Reunion

I was in Moose Jaw for a family reunion on Sunday. My Dad was in hospital fighting off another infection, while his immunity is compromised by chemo. The rest of the Kleins who could make it were in Wakamow Valley Park. Some other family had taken over the pavilion we’d booked, but we easily found ...

centre of the universe: Acting Your Age

Here’s the thing. We live in a society that values youth over experience, wisdom, ability and knowledge. I’m not sure why we do that, but children are more valuable to us than non-children, which also translates into vilifying people who opt not to breed. There’s a whole bunch going on in this statement, and I…

My journey with AIDS…and more!: 24 April 2007 – 24 April 2017

I’m feeling some anticipatory trauma, if there is such a thing, as we approach the tenth anniversary of the mishap which would, soon thereafter, take the life of my brother Craig. Maybe it’s a heightened sense of awareness that this sad anniversary is upon us. It was April 24, 2007, his partner Claude’s birthday, when ...

My journey with AIDS…and more!: Connecting with ‘The War To End All Wars’ – Pte. Thomas Butler

Originally posted on My journey with AIDS…and more!: There is tragic irony with the news that Canada has suffered our greatest single-day loss of troops in Afghanistan with the deaths of six soldiers in a roadside bombing. A seventh Canadian suffered serious injuries. Regardless of our views on Canada’s role in this conflict our…

We Pivot: T***p, the Inauguration and Our Kids’ Mental Health

Now that T***p’s inauguration is 2 weeks away I’d revisited a great piece from 2 months ago that explored how to help our children deal with what America is becoming. Beyond all these great ideas to address kids’ anxiety and … [Read more]

We Pivot: Christy Clark is the Anti-Carrie Fisher

Don’t be fooled. As we pivot into a challenging 2017 with a provincial election on May 9, a tale of two tweets: Be Princess Leia in 2017. Fight on the front lines. Strangle fascists with the chains they would have you wear. Be a motherfuckin' general. — K O'Shea (@osheamobile) December 27, 2016 Let’s honour ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: For Caregivers, It’s All About Gratitude

My husband Jim and I are in Milwaukee visiting our daughter.  Natalie works here at an arts research foundation and we really wanted to see where she lives (it’s so important for us parents to visualise our kids in their surroundings!). It’s a wonderful city and we’re excited to leave for Dayton, OH tomorrow where ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Goodbye, Politics, Re-Spun! Hello, WePivot.net!

“Politics, Re-Spun” is now WePivot.net! but why, you scream in horror! next month is the 14th anniversary of Politics, Re-Spun…it’s time for a reframing/rebranding/pivot to something more…betterer, or more bigly, if you will. 14 years ago, in the twisted Orwellian months after 9/11 where words did not mean what words are, it was important to ...

Politics, Re-Spun: What the BC Premier’s Reconciliation Smells Like

Quite simply, if a politician dangles child welfare money to anyone, but makes it contingent on embracing a sick LNG plant, what does that smell like to you? I think it smells the same as when she tells a school board to close schools or else they don’t get seismic upgrading money. I think you ...

The Canadian Progressive: Making our movements work for kids and families

By providing child care for protesters, racial justice organizers shift the public’s understanding of “front line” work, and make protest movements work for kids and families. The post Making our movements work for kids and families appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Family Matters

Kinda puts a damper on that whole family values and morals thing… 🙂 Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: family, Origin Stories, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice, Uncomfortale Christian Facts

Politics, Re-Spun: No, BC Actually Mentored Saskatchewan’s Poor-Bashing

Despite being Metro News, Emily Jackson’s great piece yesterday [below] about how brutally cruel the Saskatchewan government is should make us mindful of a number of issues. Not the least of which is that the neoliberal Saskatchewan Party has been photocopying many of the worst of BC’s regressive and anti-social policies. That makes the BC ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Seven Tips for Feminist Men

I know already. You’re a feminist. And a man. But I’m not going to pat you on the back for that because we need to do better. We may think we’ve already earned all the male-feminist scout badges. We may subscribe to the male-feminist version of the doctors’ maxim ‘first, do no harm.’ But that’s ...

My journey with AIDS…and more!: Out for 35 years

Reading something which noted that 1981 was 35 years ago jarred me into realizing that it was three-and-a-half decades ago this very month that I officially came out of the closet, by which I mean letting my family know that I was gay. It was in the context of the uproar over the bathhouse raids ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Libs to repeal spanking law

It is decades overdue, but finally in response to a recommendation from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission the Trudeau government will move to repeal §43 of the Criminal Code, which allows for “corrective force” (i.e. spanking). No doubt this will get the socons riled up as yet another example of social engineering. But there is ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Libs to repeal spanking law

It is decades overdue, but finally in response to a recommendation from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission the Trudeau government will move to repeal §43 of the Criminal Code, which allows for “corrective force” (i.e. spanking). No doubt this will get the socons riled up as yet another example of social engineering. But there is ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Libs to repeal spanking law

It is decades overdue, but finally in response to a recommendation from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission the Trudeau government will move to repeal §43 of the Criminal Code, which allows for “corrective force” (i.e. spanking). No doubt this will get the socons riled up as yet another example of social engineering. But there is ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Home.

Next Tuesday at noon, our daughter Natalie arrives home for Christmas.  Jim and I will meet her at the airport and then together, we’ll drive around the corner to where Nicholas lives.  I know there will be hugs and tears. Christmas Eve is my mother’s birthday so that day, my sister and I will bring ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Celebrating the Holidays at Home with Seniors

Guest post by Maria Ramos While generally a time of cheer and celebration, the holidays pose their own set of challenges for seniors and those living with disabilities. The holidays are a time for family and friends, and generally everybody wants to get together for meals and holiday festivities. As a person ages, though, they ...

Scripturient: 1914: My Grandfathers’ Year

As I read further into Max Hastings’ book, Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914, I wondered, as I have done in the past when reading similar books about that time, what my grandfathers must have felt when that war broke out. What it meant to them and their worldview, and to their imagined futures, both ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Where to Put the Homeless?

Source: A groundbreaking study suggests giving homeless Canadians homes first saves money So, giving homeless people homes saves money [and shhhh, it’s the RIGHT thing to do!]…who knew! Utah, that’s who. They’ve been at it for a while now. It’s a report that could change the way that homeless people are treated in Canada. Funded ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Where to Put the Homeless?

Source: A groundbreaking study suggests giving homeless Canadians homes first saves money So, giving homeless people homes saves money [and shhhh, it’s the RIGHT thing to do!]…who knew! Utah, that’s who. They’ve been at it for a while now. It’s a report that could change the way that homeless people are treated in Canada. Funded ...