Activism Articles

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Me Too

February 9th, 2018
            Some lessons are taught by the most ironic teachers. In this case, the TV sitcom Two and Half Men’s insights into the #metoo movement. It was the episode when rampant womaniser Charlie Harper discovered the power of the phrase “I understand.” He realises that “it makes people happy” when […]
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Making America Eight Again

January 14th, 2017
Donald Trump; name calling, tantrums and policies with the substance of a fourth grade school project. He is making America eight again. This may actually be unfair to eight year olds, but it’s the only number that rhymes with great. It’s easy to laugh. A Chinese factory has even produced some Trump-alike inflatables for the […]
“When ‘I’ is replaced by ‘We’ even illness becomes wellness.” I never really understood that saying until Mum died. But now it makes all the sense in the world to me. I’ve always been someone who tries to live a healthy life. I’ve fasted and exercised to the point of pain. But every now and […]
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Grace To Greece

July 6th, 2015
We have a saying in our family, “fair, fair, fair, fair.” If someone is feeling a little hard-done-by and making comparisons, a light hearted “fair, fair, fair, fair” will usually get them back on track. Expecting life to be fair is something most of us never grow out of. “It’s not fair. So and so […]
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Love Wins in Ireland

May 24th, 2015
I haven’t tallied them, but suspect I’ve married near a thousand couples  in my time. I think I’ve pretty much seen it all. I’ve had weddings interrupted by angry parents, dogs in wedding parties and one bride who turned up the day after the wedding to tell me she’d fallen in love with me. (I […]
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Fierce Love Rules

February 12th, 2015
My daughter reminded me of the unruly nature of fierce love when she was much younger. In our home, we have one of those Ruggles (heart shapes in nature) poster with the words “Love is where you find it.” It’s a constant reminder to find love wherever you are and part of the spirit we […]
Some people want legal protection  if they choose not to do business with members of the LGBT community. Or as comedian Seth Myers said, “Nice shirt, nice shoes, no service.” The bill in Arizona (Religious Freedom Bill) was vetoed, but similar moves are being discussed in other states of America. I believe the bill was […]
“Everybody wants to get enlightened but nobody wants to change.” ~ Andrew Cohen Everybody wants to get enlightened but nobody wants to change. It’s a profound truth that ALL you need to do to realize enlightenment is to breathe in and out. It’s equally true that if you forget to do this, enlightenment will be […]
An open letter to my 14yr old Son. Dear son. Being a boy sucks. Especially when your mother is a man-hater. So lucky for you, your mother isn’t. But, I think I may have given you the impression I am and feel the need to explain. Although I do happen to believe that many of […]
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Violent Force and Non Violence

September 11th, 2013
I’m not a pacifist. I wish I lived in a world where being a pacifist was an option; a world where everyone was kind and reasonable and all problems could be solved creatively and peacefully. But I don’t, and they can’t. I like the idea of being different; of refusing to play power games and […]