Having recently returned from working in Africa I’ve been thinking about time. A lot. In my last post I wrote about a great Utne Reader article called Our Schedules, Our Selves: Are you more important than your appointment book? by Jay Walljasper. Accompanying Jay’s article is a bold headline … [Read more...] about This thing called time part 2
This thing called time
Coming back from working in Africa for a month I’ve been thinking about time a lot. A lot. Time flowed thicker there. I was swept up in its meandering current. I delighted in its unpredictability. Slipping back into the stream at home in Canada I observe myself getting annoyed if someone takes … [Read more...] about This thing called time
YMCA Power of Peace Awards
I was recently honoured by being nominated for and becoming a finalist for the International category of the YMCA Power of Peace awards. See a YMCA Power of Peace clip here. Nazanin Afshin-Jam, who has a name like liquid poetry, was the captivating keynote speaker and winner in the emerging leaders … [Read more...] about YMCA Power of Peace Awards
How old are your ideals?
Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind… Nobody grows old by merely a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. (Poet Samuel Ullman, from his poem 'Youth', as quoted in Gods and Soldiers, the Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing.) How old are your ideals? For … [Read more...] about How old are your ideals?
Questions are the lasers of illumination
Recently I attended a luncheon at the annual CSTD (Canadian Society for Trainingand Development) / IFTDO (International Federation of Training and Development Organizations) international conference. Around me were professional trainers of all sorts. Being a born and bred trainer my antennae … [Read more...] about Questions are the lasers of illumination
Musings on Africa; cookie dough, screech owls, bumper cars & matatus
Back in chilly, wet Vancouver. Remembering. Recent musings from Africa. I watched some weaverbirds making nests while running on the treadmill the other morning. Picking up twigs from the children's playground they industriously wove them together. I marvel that they make 5-6 nests for every … [Read more...] about Musings on Africa; cookie dough, screech owls, bumper cars & matatus
Lulled to sleep in a mosquito net
Enroute home from Nairobi to Vancouver. I’ve switched one cocoon (mosquito net encased bed) for another (airplane). Sleeping within a mosquito net is like: - going to bed in a fairy’s nest - entering a butterfly’s silken home - entering a den of cotton candy - being free and cocooned … [Read more...] about Lulled to sleep in a mosquito net
I believe in hope
Tomorrow I leave Nairobi for home. As I get ready for the 24 hour marathon journey a pause to think about my time here....... I believe that hope has a home. It lives in small places, fanned by the winds of change. I believe that hope is our compass. Without it we’re lost in the muddy quagmire … [Read more...] about I believe in hope