Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, on October 1st, saw a national outpouring of grief and anger over indigenous residential schools, and the genocide of Canada’s aboriginal peoples.

Now that the day’s drums are stilled, the joined voices of lament silenced, the symbolic orange shirts doffed, flames of…


“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice” — Martin Luther King Jr.*

King spoke a very very very long long long time before police officer Derek Chauvin was today found guilty of three charges in the 2020 murder of George Floyd, suspected of the…


For Scots, this day reeks of blood, sweat and tears.

Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Culloden on April 16, 1746, when the Jacobite uprising of the Scottish Highlanders was smashed by the English.


A sign in the women’s march Jan. 21, 2017, in Vancouver, Canada. It was one of hundreds of protests worldwide against Donald Trump’s misogynistic record, the day after he was inaugurated as president of the United States.

“No Dogs or Women.” “Ladies and Escorts.” Two doors, two signs, on a downtown Edmonton hotel. Seared into my memory in early childhood in the 1960’s, as I walked past the hotel with my father.

“We don’t take girls.” Dismissal by a Canadian Air Force recruiting officer, on careers day…


‘Tell me about your day,’ says Jackie

People, so many people these days, seem on the verge of losing it. With our hearts and minds stretched to breaking by worry, grief, and COVID-19 restrictions, many of us need help staying on track.

If we’re lucky, a dog — or two — will come to the rescue.


A world weary of demented narcissistic braying awoke this morning to watch the inauguration of a new American administration. …


Leonard Cohen was right! “There’s a crack a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” — from Anthem¹.

Torrential rain, almost unbearably wearying, forecast indefinitely, paused just as the sun went down on January 1. …


Howe Sound, British Columbia, Canada, smothered in forest fire smoke

Good riddance, 2020. You leave us with grave loss, great divisions, a grievous awakening, and a whacking great reckoning. The future is murky. What next? A Happy New Year? Yes, please.

A few last finds from a troubled year:

1. Laugh, else cry

From clever Boston Dynamics, a dance party. Laugh? Cry? You choose.

Deborah Jones

Curious human. Words & pictures. www.deborahjones.ca

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