Friday, August 28, 2009


Amazing band!!

Here are the Hylozoists performing at London's LOLA festival (courtesy of CBC Concerts on Demand)!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

'Democracy on the sly'

Today, the Current's summer host David Michael Lamb presented an illuminating examination of some alarming alterations to Canadian foreign policy of late.

Primarily, widespread alarm has followed the Federal Government's recent appeal of Omar Khadr's return to Canada (

The Conservatives' decision to eliminate two crucial terms, 'child soldier' and 'humanitarian law' from the Department of Foreign Affairs' lexicon has also precipitated speculation of a dangerous shift in Canadian foreign policy.

Admittedly, as posited by Errol--forget his last name! will fix later (interviewed by Lamb this morning), who is an expert in Constitutional and international law, a government is completely justified in altering its foreign policy course. Thus, recent criticism is not evidence of an unwarranted attack from by Liberal/NDP factions against the depravity of right wing views or Conservatism in Canada. [Incidentally, this move has indicated a significant break in continuity with the legacy of the (Progressive) conservative party. Brian Mulroney was actually one of the primary champions of the 'rights of the child' in international law.] Rather, opposition is directed at Harper's persistent execution of 'Democracy on the sly'. In order to legitimately address constitutional questions, politicians must adhere to a fully open and democratic process. Lamentably, (and, not for the first time) the Harper government has covertly implemented its changes, while maintaining that actions were backed by the majority of Canadians.

As an individual who paid close attention to last year's election issues, I do not recall significant foreign policy changes being critically examined at all. Hm.. suspicious. Once again, Harper has opted for 'democracy on the sly'.

View episode brief and links to the podcast here:

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Goddess.

Madeleine Peyroux performs at the Wall Street Journal Cafe:

Somethin' Grand:


Beware of Boredom

Quick post--A few weeks ago my mum told me about a thought-provoking show on the CBC show, "Tapestry".

The focus was the under-discussed and often undiagnosed, yet ubiquitous condition known as Acedia. Host Mary Hynes spoke with critically acclaimed author and Acedia-sufferer Kathleen Norris.

Here's a passage from Norris' acclaimed book, (that, incidentally, i have added to my 'to read' list)'Acedia and Me':

I felt bored, tediously bored.
I felt lethargic, tepid, like warm milk at midday.
I wanted to escape the confining and cramped cell of this book.
I enviously wanted to be elsewhere reading an exciting book.
I felt cynical—angry, even bitter.
“This book is drudgery—too much work—I don’t want to care about this book and this subject! Norris doesn’t want a relationship with me—she doesn’t care about me—I don’t care either.”

Dr. Benjamin Pratt defines Acedia as:

a dangerous lethargy [that prompts] stubborn sadness, world weariness, restless boredom, and cynicism. It is morphine to our spirits, squelching joy from life. Even God is no longer viewed as good.

The following is a New York Times review of Norris' explorations:

Here's the cbc link at which the podcast can be found. That or else, go to itunes:

Also, here's an interesting PBS interview with Kathleen Norris:

Will write more later. Just have been meaning to share this through as many outlets as possible. Really is fascinating.

Blogging: An Inherently Selfish Act?

I'm not quite sure why I've started writing a blog. Indeed, what is the purpose of blogging? Will it facilitate my application process to law schools? Will it ensure me a higher grade on the LSATS? Will it find me an interim job to loosen the shackles of debt with which higher education has so graciously ensnared me?

Interestingly, yesterday evening's adventure to see 'Julie and Julia' prompted some of these thoughts. At one point, the down-and-out Julie (Amy Adams) receives a stellar vote of confidence from her mother who deems blogging to be a self-serving & rather purposeless endeavour.
Perhaps blogs do simply serve to perpetuate those circular 'me me me' thoughts that whir about individuals' brains?

Alternatively, I could romanticize this issue (as I am wont to do :) )--blogging then becomes an impassioned attempt to thrust oneself into the vast expanse of the world wide web in search of a faint glimmer of humanity--a pitiful call for intimate connection in a world of impersonal 'interconnectedness'.

Okay, so perhaps the latter is a bit exaggerated; but there is some validity to the claim. So often I find myself poised in front of a computer screen amidst all these glorious wires and blinking lights that bless me with instantaneous connection with friends and family throughout the world. Yet, so often I feel utterly detached.

Blogging could be a way of personalizing the internet; of demonstrating that there's more to fast-paced communication than small talk and empty chit chat. I'd like to think that, during those weeks or months when, for whatever reason, I am unreachable by phone or for lengthy face-to-face dialogues, having a blog could allow close friends to catch a glimpse of my life. To somehow remain in touch.

Well, I'll close now.

This issue will obviously remain fodder for public debate, but one final thought:

Whether or not one forges new connections or relationships with fellow bloggers or passing viewers, at the least blogging helps us to uncover or to regain sight of the SELF that is so often overwhelmed or obscured by the demands and the doldrums of day-to-day life.

With that, I say, BLOG AWAY!!

Sunday, August 23, 2009


Cigars, coffee, summer evenings on the porch.
The sound of cicadas, crickets, and the soft whir of moth's wings overhead.
Grainy jazz tunes; timeless, unhurried,
Challenged only by by the occasional drone of lone cars on routes unknown.