Montreal Simon: Amy Krouse Rosenthal and the Power of Love

I don't know how many times I've heard a dying person say, " I'm glad I'm going first because I can't imagine living without my beloved husband/wife/companion." Which although it's exactly how I feel, always makes me feel a little guilty or wonder whether I'm being a bit selfish. So I give thanks for the life of ...

Montreal Simon: Omar Khadr and the Power of Love

For most of his 29 years Omar Khadr's life has been an absolute nightmare. Dragged off to Afghanistan, caught up in the horror of war, badly wounded, jailed and tortured in Guantanamo, abandoned by his own government. And his struggle for justice continues. But now at last it seems that horror story will have a happy ending. ...

Montreal Simon: Valentine’s Day and the Society of the Lonely

Well it's Valentine's Day,  and as usual I don't want to write about it, and I do.For while I don't want to be seen to be encouraging that garish orgy of chocolate boxes, sappy sentiment, and heart shaped balloons. The horror, the horror.And for me Valentine's Day came early this year… It is a great excuse to talk ...

Montreal Simon: The Paris Massacre, the Children, and the Flowers

It's hard enough for an adult to understand the horror of the Paris massacre. Or how some people can be so cruel and vicious.So imagine being a parent in that city, and having to try to explain that horror to children.So I have to say I thought this dad did a really great job.Read more ...

Montreal Simon: It’s a Great Day to be Irish

It's a great day to be Irish. A great day for human equality, a day when love defeated  hate. Ireland became the first country in the world to adopt same-sex marriage by popular vote as 62 per cent of the electorate backed a referendum, official results showed on Saturday.Somewhere the spirit of its gentle poet and ...