I am thinking about Aylan Kurdi and his life cut short. There is so much there to unpack and to understand. A great distance separates Bodrum Beach in Turkey, where he washed ashore, and my comfortable apartment in Montreal. I am feeling restless and heavy. Hours of absorbing reports, exposés and videos on the Syrian […]Read more "Refugees, Aylan Kurdi and Ivan Karamazov’s challenge to God"
Vancouver Broadway Street is buzzing with life. Today is Greek Festival Day. Life music accompanies the celebration of a culture and its people. The smell of food is inviting and people join long patient line-ups to sample Greek cuisine. Greece’s blue-white flags are everywhere, intermingling with the maple leaf of Canada. Pride. Culture. Stories. Throughout […]Read more "Practicing a deep intercultural understanding"
And so begin the opening lines of the anthology, Poems that make grown men cry: “weeping betrays not only vulnerability but also an openness that is contagious. Yet so often we try to hide our tears when caught out or in public, as if it is embarrassing to be around such raw tenderness. This is […]Read more "The Under-world of Emotion: Troubled waters run deep"
My purpose with this piece is to pull together a few of my recent readings and reflections that have crystalized into something that I find important to express; at least for myself. The readings/pieces are, in no particular order, Kim Anderson’s Life Stages and Native Women, Anthony Griffith’s struggle with grief, Richard Lloyd Parry’s Ghosts […]Read more "Identity, male grief and story"
One might say that violence is a type of language in that it is a form of expression, a means to convey a message… To have a conversation about violence one may begin with, what is violence? This is a philosophical question as much as it is political. In that violence is an inherently relational […]Read more "Courageous conversations about violence"
Lebensraum is a concept that comes from the German language whose idiosyncratic habit of fusing together multiple themes in one word is at times humorous and at times effective. In this case, we are given leben = (n) life / (v) to live and raum = geographic space / room, and we get, the commonly […]Read more "Lebensraum and Violence"
Here I follow up on part 1 and part 2 of my discussion on failure and now weave men, manhood and masculinity into this narrative. If find it difficult and entirely impractical to tackle this subject without thinking first about the many ways in which we understand our(selves) – the ‘self’ in relation to the […]Read more "Failure – What’s in a Word? – Part 3"
Here I follow up on part 1 of my discussion on failure. The Oxford Dictionary defines ‘failure’ as: A lack of success An unsuccessful person, enterprise or thing The omission of expected or required action A lack or deficiency of a desirable quality The action or state of not functioning Failure and Social Pathology When […]Read more "Failure – What’s in a word? – Part 2"
Not too long ago, after returning from a long evening walk – a common habit of mine at the time -, I wrote down the following words: I want to write about loneliness. No, I need to write about loneliness. Feelings unexplored are like wounds left untreated. They morph into something frightening that cannot be […]Read more "Failure – What’s in a word? Part 1"
American men have no history. With this controversial statement, Michael Kimmel begins his book Manhood in America – A cultural history. He explains that while practically every history book is a history of men, – feminist scholars pointing out that it is women who, for the longest time, have had no history – what remains […]Read more "Mythology and Manhood in Kimmel’s Manhood in America"