Monthly Archives: April 2011

Amazing Gaze

I think about the first line to Jonathan Kozol’s book Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation¬†every time I ride my bike back home from the University of British Columbia campus. It reads: The Number … Continue reading

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Candy from Strangers

I took the kids on some errands this morning and walked by a church sponsored group home where some school-aged children were carrying in large cartons of homemade cookies. It reminded me of my attempt at baking cookies with my … Continue reading

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Bumps in the Night part 2

A few weeks ago we heard mice in the walls. A horrific sound that causes both fear for ourselves and sympathy for the mouse. They struggle to traverse the dark and narrow passages, but where will they end up? Will … Continue reading

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I am a black dog and I need to be loved, just like everybody else does

Last Saturday was Record Store Day and I noticed that one of the stores hosting an event was Scratch Records at 1 East Hastings. There was to be live music and huge discounts so I thought it might be fun … Continue reading

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Opiate for the opiated

“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Luke 19:40 For a number of reasons I took the kids to the local Anglo-Catholic church this past Palm Sunday morning. The service began with a … Continue reading

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Beggar’s Garden: a Review

Everyone says [Oppenheimer] park was named after the scientist who invented the nuclear bomb. It has playground equipment, but it’s always empty because no parent would ever bring their kid there, on account of it being normally frequented by people … Continue reading

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Slightly Insane

“How was the talk?” “Slightly insane,” I said. It was ostensibly a book signing with discussion but turned quickly into a moderatorless, conspiracy fuelled AA meeting. The book was about how the national media portrayed the “Pickton Murders” trial. Robert … Continue reading

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