huddle up, toronto!

On February 12 from 6-8pm I will be facilitating a Huddle Up! meeting.

Please RSVP

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The first meeting will be a meet and greet with discussions of concrete actions to work with. Future meetings will be at a child-friendly space and time.

My intention is to add teens to the group, including discussions to model active citizenship in democracy.

Please join us and share!

homeschooling and the women’s march.

“This is no simple reform. It really is a revolution.”

Gloria Steinem, from the Address to the Women of America

In grade eight in the Waldorf pedagogy (we are Waldorf-inspired homeschoolers) there is a thread of revolution throughout the lesson year and what with the revolution happening within the child, it makes sense.

This year along with our usual resources I will be attending the Women’s March in DC on Saturday with my grade eight child and another young person. What better resource than being part of an actual social revolution to help a soul connect with the motivations and deep need a group of people feel to risk revolution?

Personally I have waited a large portion of my life for this kind of movement to again coalesce and would not miss the opportunity to go myself and bring young folks with me.

If you are unable to make the March please attend a sister march.

jurassic park.

This morning my son was reading Jurassic Park and I was reminded of an incident.

This past summer I took a trip to the States for the first time in eight years. Within 10 miles of crossing the border we passed a white Lincoln with an Ayn Rand bumpersticker. An Ayn Rand bumpersticker, die a little death from that. Driving was an elderly white man.

I burst out laughing and when my son asked what was so funny, I said, ‘ I just saw a dinosaur!’

These were the heady days when we weren’t faced with the prospect of being dragged back to the 1950’s by our topknots. I have been in despair, waiting for the electoral college to work. And now that the last glimmer of sanity has left.

The States is a centerist country at it’s best. The Dems are middle of the road. I know that it is hard to see this through the knuckle dragging reptilian brained cable news blaring baloney 24 hours a day but a bit of perspective will tell you that. The States is also a country of change, it is built on change and like life, nothing is static. Nothing. Change is a reality and if you are not part of it, you are left behind. See: great swathes of the country. Trump’s table only has so many seats and he thinks it should be filled with a neo-Nazi, post industrialist greedy league of villians. I suspect he is channeling the Joker, it is outrageous.

That bit of hope that was snuffed out yesterday? Well, I can’t go on without it. So I remember what happens in Jurassic Park. Don’t be the dinosaur, be the mammal.

*I just have to use this space here to say that seeing Newt Gingrich making the rounds makes me seethe. The only context in which he has any relevance is in a documentary on jerks of the late 20th century. That guy does not need to belly up to the paid pundit bar, we need to reject him, AGAIN.