“please don’t take our stories our knowings our technologies away please don’t take our stories and bury them in your books about us in your articles theses conference babble exhortations media interviews they’re the only soapbox we have left and it’s where we keep our clean socks how is it you want our stories professor […]Read more "Reading Indigenous Authors -A Reading List for the Adventuresome"
In the 1980 anthology ‘About Looking’, John Berger writes that “animals are always the observed. The fact that they can observe us has lost all significance. They are the objects of our ever-extending knowledge.” In Eduardo Kohn’s book How Forests Think – Toward an Anthropology beyond the Human, the significance of how other beings see […]Read more "Our thoughts are like the world because we are the world – reflecting on How Forests Think"
“All the counsel you have received has only worn you out. Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you. Surely, they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the flame… Each […]Read more "Vampire: an astrology of the heart"
it is not that you have never been here before you have! it is not that you have wanted to return to this place that is less a coming to than a drawing into, a descending stairwell that leads ever deeper into a shadowy world of illusions, myth and imagery that demands a being present, […]Read more "it is not that you have never been here before"
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"