Challenging phobias: a personal journey to LGBTQ+ allyship

Author’s note: The following was originally posted to Facebook June 5, 2019, during Pride Month. It contains language, and references to assault and inappropriate sexual touching, some readers may find triggering or offensive. I’ve been wrestling for a while with whether to post this, but here goes. Before I get to it, I would likeContinue reading “Challenging phobias: a personal journey to LGBTQ+ allyship”

When jokes are no longer sexy.

Author’s advisory: The following post contains references to child sexual abuse, sexual interference involving a minor, sexual assault and stalking—subjects some readers may find triggering or upsetting. Social media allows people to connect with others. In my experience, this often allows for the free exchange of ideas, discussion of topics of mutual interest, the opportunityContinue reading “When jokes are no longer sexy.”

A different September 11

September 11, 2001. A hijacked passenger jet out of Boston crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center, ripping a gaping hole in its façade and setting the building on fire. Eighteen minutes later, a second hijacked jet slams into the south tower of the World Trade Center and explodes. A young girlContinue reading “A different September 11”

Le bilinguisme au Canada : une perspective franco-albertaine

Nous vivons des moments éprouvants quand au bilinguisme et à l’emploi de l’une ou l’autre de nos deux langues officielles. Je me demande, maintenant qu’on ait annoncé l’éléction fédérale 2021, si ou non le bilinguisme figurera parmi les plateformes électorales.

Unmarked graves and burials: a settler’s response

An acquaintance of mine said that, on the prairies, many families could not afford burial and therefore buried families in unmarked graves. I had to take time to think through my response in order to craft it carefully and respectfully. Here it is.

Ave Maria: Hail the myriad Hail Marys

“Ave Maria” is quite commonly heard at both Christmas and Easter, particularly among those of Roman Catholic faith. Of course, it is Schubert’s version, and to a lesser extent, the one attributed to Bach and Gounod with which I’m familiar. Imagine my surprise and, later, my sheer delight, on learning there are, in fact, several interpretations. Why so many, and how did they come about?

Instilling a love of music: it’s child’s play

It follows that parents with a love of music want to instill in their children a similar appreciation of music, but at what age should they begin? Two-year-old Samantha is clearly too young to take up the violin and her brother, although three years older, is still eclipsed by a standing bass. How, then, do parents spark their child’s interest in music, whatever the genre? Are there any particular pearls of wisdom out there? This post offers a few suggestions.

Campaign anthems and rally cries: music and politics

With the 2020 United States presidential election now behind us, I’m thinking about candidates’ tactics heading into past elections and also about the use of campaign songs. Artists like Neil Young, the Village People and Aerosmith expressed displeasure over Donald Trump’s unauthorized use of their music. How have music and politics become so inextricably linked?