This site is called Connecting the Dots … because we are all too busy in the world to think clearly about the world. And who can blame us: kids, careers, jobs, taxes, credit card payments, TV, video games, TV, shopping, TV. As TS Eliot once remarked, that we can all sit and watch the same thing at the same time and be lonely and unmoved is a truly terrifying existence.
With these essays, I am trying to connect some of the dots I see between politics, the economy, religion, education and the arts to figure out what picture is emerging. It’s an imperfect science (more like a black art actually, like reading the entrails of birds), and I’m sure I haven’t drawn the whole picture, let alone the right conclusions.
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I have worked in government (Ontario Government) and the private sector (advertising). I have also worked with a number of NGOs: President of the Writers Guild and board member for the Alliance of TV and Radio Artists (ACTRA), Communications Director of the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), board member for the Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment (CONE), Coordinator for the Saugeen Ojibway Nation Environment Office. Now, it’s writing: fiction and non-fiction, policy analysis, and grant applications.
A few thoughts:
- Religion is the foundation of culture. (Right Max?)
- Culture is what’s bred in the bone. (Thanks Robertson)
- Fate is nothing more than culture acted out.
- Nothing happens without a reason or a season. (Turn, turn, turn)
- You are never alone among trees. (Thanks Jan)
- And winter is the best time for this sort of work. (Right Lenore?)