Rescuing ourselves | Canada election 2021 | no change? Who says?

Having posted my thoughts on our election yesterday, I guess I'm obliged to comment on the result. This is not complete though - mail in and some other ballots are still being counted. At first sight the results look similar to the last election in 2019. The media are saying this and asking 'What was … Continue reading Rescuing ourselves | Canada election 2021 | no change? Who says?

Rescuing ourselves, or trying to | Canada votes

So today is Canada's election, and like most elections now, all eyes are on Left vs Right. In this country, the centre-left Liberal party has been in power for approx 6 years, but, since 2019, only with a minority government, so they have depended on smaller parties to back them up. Apparently our prime minister, … Continue reading Rescuing ourselves, or trying to | Canada votes

Rescuing reality | Trying to save Love, literature, books, films, and the Truth

In my novel The Birdcatcher, middle-age Chris Stone is on a train coming back from a lone hunting trip in northern Ontario, alternately watching the passing forests, low mountains and lakes outside the window and reading from a book of Federico Garcia Lorca's poetry, when he comes to that poem where Lorca tells of his … Continue reading Rescuing reality | Trying to save Love, literature, books, films, and the Truth

Rescuing the future and the past | Hurricane Ida’s flooding of New York City this week | Saving the city in the year 2278

This week I was reading again about the assault of Hurricane Ida on New York City, this time about how the water overwhelmed the New York subway system. I couldn't help remembering that in my novel Skol, a critical part of my character Simon's long odyssey on wilderness Earth in the year 2278 includes a … Continue reading Rescuing the future and the past | Hurricane Ida’s flooding of New York City this week | Saving the city in the year 2278

Rescuing Shyness and/or Autism | how one teacher and a lot of books rescued me

In my novel, The Birdcatcher, remembering his time in school when he was a boy, Christopher Stone has this thought: Why can't we let shy children be shy? Why do we insist that they go into schools to be bewildered and bullied? Most of what I learned as a boy had come from books, from … Continue reading Rescuing Shyness and/or Autism | how one teacher and a lot of books rescued me

Rescuing the Future | Afghanistan, January 6, Haiti, Global Warming, etc | the need for World Government to save us from ourselves

Listening to the accounts this week of the catastrophic collapse of the Afghan government, and realizing that this is happening only months after the unprecedented assault on the US capital, and with the announcement that 2021 is now on track to be the hottest year in recorded history, I couldn't help wondering whether people fully … Continue reading Rescuing the Future | Afghanistan, January 6, Haiti, Global Warming, etc | the need for World Government to save us from ourselves

Autism | Do we know what it is? | A review of The Autism Matrix: The Social Origins of the Autism Epidemic

Sociologist Gil Eyal's 2010 book The Autism Matrix: The Social Origins of the Autism Epidemic was a bombshell in the debate over autism. Yet over a decade later almost no one appears to have heard the explosion. The concept of autism was first presented in the 1940s, more or less simultaneously, by New York psychiatrist … Continue reading Autism | Do we know what it is? | A review of The Autism Matrix: The Social Origins of the Autism Epidemic