Map Monday: indigenous history around the world, pre- and post-colonization

Thank you for this important piece of History, maybe someone will be changed in a positive manner by reading this.

Robby Robin's Journey

Today is the last day of May, the day before the beginning of June, which is National Indigenous History Month in Canada.  There can be no more chilling reminder of why Canada needs to have a National Indigenous History Month than what transpired in British Columbia this past week, when the remains of at least 215 children were unearthed at the site of a former Residential School.

For those of you who aren’t aware of this shameful history, the Canadian government ran Residential Schools for indigenous children from 1863 to – get this – 1998.  At least 150,000 children were forcibly taken from their homes and sent to schools far away from their families, mostly run by church authorities.  The stated objective was to “take the Indian out of the child” by removing anything related to their homes and culture, including language, instilling the Church into them, and giving…

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75 % Atheist and 25 % Percent Agnostic

I love how eloquently John has stated the turmoil here between beliefs. His thoughts are a mirror for me but he has the ability to put it into words.

Aging Capriciously


I grew up in an Italian Irish family.  What else would I be except a devout Catholic?  The bigger question is how did I go from being a Catholic to an Atheist or at least a 75% percent Atheist?  I now claim I am seventy-five percent Atheist and twenty-five percent Agnostic.  I will explain this formula later.


Well, my journey from one God to no God started many years ago and perhaps mimics the trajectory of many a lapsed Catholic.  Went to a Catholic school.  Lots of Catholic theology.  Bible study each week.  Surrounded by priests and nuns.  Confession on Fridays followed by ten “Our Fathers” and twenty or so “Hail Marys.”  Church and communion on Sunday.  Back to being bad, masturbating and thinking dirty thoughts about the girl in the pew next to me on Mondays.  She kept wearing skirts that hiked up above her knees when she sat…

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The pandemic has made us take a good look at ourselves. We need to look even harder

Anosh Irani’s latest book is Translated from the Gibberish: Seven Stories and One Half Truth. He teaches Creative Writing in the World Languages and Literatures Department at Simon Fraser University. ISTOCK In 1951, the French author Marguerite Yourcenar published her novel Memoirs of Hadrian; it is a book I return to time and again, whenever I need [...]

The Age of Oil is coming to an end. What does that mean for Canada?

A flare stack lights the sky from the Imperial Oil refinery in Edmonton, on Dec. 28, 2018. JASON FRANSON/THE CANADIAN PRESS At the headquarters of the International Energy Agency in Paris, there is a striking view of the Eiffel Tower. It presents a useful perspective on history, progress and change. When the tower opened in [...]

Family: parenting versus grandparenting

This is fantastic, thanks for sharing.

Robby Robin's Journey

We’ve had a big milestone in our house this week.  We’ve been parents for 50 years now.  Yes, that’s right, our first born turned the big 5-0.

When you think about it, it’s a little surprising that there are no celebrations of parenting milestones.  I guess those are things we do within the confines of our own homes, celebrating when our children achieve a new accomplishment or milestone and especially when they are finally – and hopefully successfully – launched.  There’s Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, for sure, which are lovely.  But as parents we don’t usually stop and appreciate the magnitude of the role we’ve taken on, usually without having given much thought to what we were getting into!

Some truisms that few of us stop and think about as we’re entering the delivery room, signing the adoption papers, or otherwise taking on responsibility for another human being:

  • There…

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Spiritual science

Sounds like an excellent read, will definitely get a copy.

I can't believe it!

Can science and spirituality be reconciled? Is there a way of looking at things that brings them into alignment? Of course, the answer is ‘yes’. In his book Spiritual Science, published 2018, Steve Taylor gives a convincing answer. His subtitle is ‘why science needs spirituality to make sense of the world’. Steve gives the reasons and, from my perspective, comprehensively demolishes the arguments for the recently dominant paradigms of materialism and scientism.

Steve looks at the origins of materialism. Science originally developed alongside religion through pioneers such as Descartes, Kepler and Newton. They were not seen as incompatible. it was around the second half of the 19C that Darwin’s theory of evolution came to put into question whether the biblical stories could actually be true; there came a theory that religion was not necessary to explain the world. TH Huxley was a leading proponent of what became the materialistic…

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This pandemic is far too important to be left to Ottawa

Jen Gerson: We can't wish away the Constitution. But we can stop filling our provincial legislatures with over-ambitious dimwits. By Jen GersonMay 7, 2021 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a press conference in Ottawa in October. He was joined virtually by Ontario Premier Doug Ford. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP) The news-cycle being what it is of late, by [...]

For Mother’s Day, 5 things I learned from my mother-in-law about aging well

A wonderful story of a great woman so well told, thanks.

Robby Robin's Journey

I need to put the title of this post in context. I did not learn these things from my dearly departed mother-in-law as a result of her explaining their importance to me. She never gave me any advice at all as I recall, at any time. And I didn’t learn these importance lessons by watching her, at least I didn’t realize I was. I’ve learned the lessons since, as I age myself and remember all the things this lovely woman did, quietly and purposefully, as she aged well all the way to nearly 97 years old. Of course, at the time, my husband and I didn’t think much about what she was doing except that it was endearing in its own way. But now we realize just how impressive her approach to her later years were, all on her own as a widow.

My mother-in-law, Eloise, described herself as more…

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Why humans keep failing the moral test

I tend to think we are innately a good species but the news mostly concentrates on the negative because more people will listen?

Matthew Wright

As I have learned more about human nature and the way societies work I’ve come to realise that many of the fundamental frameworks wrapping the darker side of humanity are right there in front of us. Often.

Hi. I’m your teacher…

As just one example, when I was a kid at Nelson Park primary school in Napier, New Zealand, children were routinely punished for things they hadn’t done. Accusation meant guilt, guilt meant punishment; and the teachers took a very great deal of pleasure from finding any excuse to hurt the kids. The problem was that some kids quickly found out they could exploit this by ‘telling on’ other kids – alleging their target had done something against the myriad petty ‘rules’, and so getting them punished. It was a great bullying device. I discovered this when I was abruptly called out at assembly, in front of the school and

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