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The Time is Write Now

Wouldn’t it be nice to do something different this year? Every year you swear it will be different, but by the end of December, you realize it’s been the same old, same old. How about exploring your creative side?  How about being published?  How about earning some extra money? How about doing all three things… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—In Praise of Ordinary Inspiration

I think many of us have had the experience of being in that “flow state” in which we’re so filled with inspiration, that sparks seem to be flying from our fingertips.  We’re doing something we love, something we were meant to do, and minutes and hours lose their normal meaning.  We will go without rest,… Read more »

Editorial—Had a Happy Old Year!

[Goodness! I got so excited by everybody else’s stuff I forgot to upload my own!  Thanks to those readers who grabbed the PDF and noted the difference!] Forty-nine issues. An average of 24 pages of articles and content per issue. With about 500 words per page. That’s almost 600,000 words we published last year. 600,000… Read more »

From Murder to Meaning

The power of one moment, one word. The moment: Easter Monday, 1978.  The moment Margot Van Sluytman’s father was murdered while attempting to stop an armed robbery. The word: sawbonna.  A Zulu greeting that translates to “I see you”.  To see our shared humanity, the goodness in one another, our fragility.  The way Van Sluytman… Read more »

Many Small Steps on the Path to Truth and Reconciliation

“We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance.  As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.”  — John Archibald Wheeler (1911-2008), American theoretical physicist. Should every university program require mandatory indigenous-content courses?  That’s a question I pondered in 2016 after reading Tamra Ross’s article, “Truth and Reconciliation—Will… Read more »

Women of Interest—Stanley Ann Dunham

Stanley Ann Dunham was born on November 29, 1942, in Wichita, Kansas, and died November 7, 1995, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dunham was a highly educated woman, who received a BA. MA. and PhD. She was an anthropologist, whose main interest was in women’s roles in the cottage industries in Indonesia as well as blacksmithing in… Read more »

From Where I Sit—The Shortest Path

As long as I can remember I’ve been a sucker for blank journals.  Of course, back in the day they were a motley collection of simple three-subject coil notebooks or plain-jane, utilitarian books like the old black and white Mead composition books of our youth.  They ranged in size from small, pocket or purse sized… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Drifting on the Ocean’s Edge

A few years ago, I found myself walking along an empty beach on a remote stretch of the northern coast of British Columbia.  The snow-capped peaks of Alaskan mountains seemed just a pebble’s throw away.  To the west was the dim, spectral blue-grey haze of the Haida Gwaii islands.  Beyond that, only Japan. But I… Read more »