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The problem at the heart of Doug Ford

  I’ve already written more about the Ford brothers on this blog than I wish I ever had to. I’ve written specifically about the issue of Doug Ford’s appalling comments and actions in relation to The Griffin Centre. I’m volunteering for a city councillor and the election is less than 3 weeks away. My parents […]

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80 Days by inkle – app review and giveaway

  Those of you who participated in last year’s Halloween giveaway may recall that inkle kindly gave me some promo codes for their app, Sorcery! I’d actually approached them on the off chance they had copies of their gorgeous digital rendering of Frankenstein available but having discovered Sorcery!, I was both intrigued and impressed. As with Frankenstein, […]

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Thank you Doug Ford and fawning media; you endanger my autistic children

  I spent the Victoria Day long weekend alternating between being angry about Doug Ford’s bigoted and hateful statements regarding the Griffin Centre and being heartened by the response I was seeing to those statements. On Monday I tweeted this:   Don’t tell Doug Ford but I took my #autistic kids out of our home […]

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Love not fear – Perfect love casts out all fear

    This is over a month late. (You’ll hear that a lot with respect to upcoming posts.) I had this one drafted and ready to publish on February 14th as part of the Love Not Fear flashblog. There’s some genuinely heartwarming posts over there so go give them a read if you haven’t already. […]

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Todd Parr cartoon Friday, December 14th, 2012

Guns don’t kill; mentally ill people do. Wait. WHAT?

  It’s at times like this that I wish I was eloquent. I wish I could adequately convey how much my heart aches for everyone affected by what happened in Connecticut on Friday. My twins are in the first grade at school so you can imagine what I’ve been thinking. When Owen woke up during […]

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The Art of Vaccinations

I was reading earlier this week that the National Archives in the UK has digitized and shared with Wikimedia Commons a large selection of its war art collection dating from the Second World War. Looking through the pictures I was struck in particular by the poster below, encouraging parents to vaccinate their children against diptheria: […]

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“He’s only a…”

I first became aware of the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) after reading a 2007 article in Mother Jones. I was horrified; and that was before both my children received an autism diagnosis. In April of this year I was astonished to hear that, not only was the JRC still open, it was STILL shocking children. […]

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Mourning public figures – thoughts prompted by the reaction to the death of Steve Jobs

This blog post isn’t about Steve Jobs per se, but there are some things I need to say about him in order to make my point (if I in fact have one; writing this blog was an attempt to marshal my thoughts, let me know if I succeeded?!). “I come to bury Caesar, not to […]

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Reflections on The Panic Virus by Seth Mnookin

I know this is the kind of blog post that has the capacity to attract some attention and not all of it positive. For that reason I hesitated about whether or not I would even publish it but decided to forge ahead. Why did I decide to share my thoughts about this book? Well, I’m a parent of […]

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The first world war as it relates to my birthday

It’s my birthday this month. I’m not going to tell you how old I will be but suffice it to say that if you’ve read Douglas Adams then my age is the answer to the meaning of life. Despite the fact that I share a date of birth with such luminaries as Henry VIII, Peter […]

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