Red Buttons/Obedience

Little red buttons in a row adorn little faces. Oblivious it seems to the regimented symbolism of those little red emblems placed neatly across the screen like crosses in memory of names lost in forgotten battles. Plastic poppies obediently placed in electronic fields under little faces.


Last Toronto municipal election day: October 27, 2018,  I got a surprise telephone call from Judi Jansen asking about Scott Cushnie and Gene MacLellan;  whose name has never shown up in online searches but whose presence has been central to Canada’s early Rock and Blues, who comes to mind whenever I hear Jan Haust’s historical … More Judi

Judging the Judge

“Fake news” is now a global rage. But this newly popularized phrase though unverifiable  and so meaningless, reminds that news consumers are inherently dependent on what media people say. The Ford Kavanaugh  saga, that at first seemed a conflict of opposing testimonies,  now seems  a tale of dueling minds told by verbal fighters who’ve been … More Judging the Judge

No Popery!

Watching some of Mr. Kavanaugh’s attempted rebuttal steeped in Catholic references, Dicken’s Barnaby Rudge came to mind and that 1780’s Puritan chant – “No Popery”.

Christian Morality

The Roman Catholic church began as a political institution guided by Christianity’s moral code that champions spirit over flesh. Its universal political character is abstracted from the organization and administration of the Roman Empire, a worldly empire transmuted into a transnational spiritual order.  This duality has been in conflict since its earliest days: appointment of … More Christian Morality