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    Veronica Brown should not be given for adoption without her father’s consent

    The story of Veronica Brown still freaks me out. Somewhere right now there’s an American man away at military training wondering whether he’ll get to see his almost four year old daughter again or whether she’ll be taken from his home where his wife is watching her. Dusten Brown definitely made mistakes. He signed a paper not understanding what it was when she was four months old, and though once it was explained to him he tried to grab it back out of the officials hands, it still has cost him. He was also too trusting, not taking into consideration the possibility that his ex-fiancé would exchange his daughter for…

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    reflecting on Quebec’s bill for end of life care and doctor-assisted suicide

    Quebec introduced Bill 52, which would allow doctor-assisted suicide on June 12th, so it seems a relevant time to be reading, thinking and talking about the topic. Sarah Jones BSc, MBHL, JD, writes in the Globe and Mail that right now that doctors can administer lethal doses of medication but only for the intent of easing pain: In 1992, the Supreme Court found that the removal of life-support (deliberately ending the life of a patient) was not murder because the underlying illness killed the patient, not the physician. The next year, Sue Rodriguez pled for help committing suicide. A slim majority of the Court found that administering pain relief was legal…

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    Dinosaurs, Genesis & the Gospel

    An image of a school test has been making the rounds on the internet and snopes has confirmed that it is not faked. The other day I saw on a homeschooler’s facebook page an advertisement for a discount code to get a free copy of the video (code “dino” though I can’t promise whether it works or not still) that the students watched prior to writing this test. I downloaded it and it is every bit as crazy as I feared. The video is predominantly footage of a presentation done in front of a half-filled auditorium of young children, with additional animated material. I was stunned by the total lack of logic and…

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    Video of the Sudbury Voices Event

    This is a video that was taken of me speaking at the Sudbury Voices event, put on by the Sudbury Grassroots Media Coop. I was asked to speak about values I’d like to see more of within our community. Related posts: Twitterstorm for an Emergency Homeless Shelter in Sudbury Occupy Sudbury Sudbury’s fight against the municipal replacement for CSUMB security crackdown at city hall in Sudbury, Ontario.

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    My five year old asked if he could write a blog post.

    Hi! This blog post is mine. I’m Christy’s five year old son. I found boronite outside in the front yard. I brought it inside. I taped paper onto it so that I could see it when it fell becuase it would be harder to see it if I dropped it otherwise. I know a lot of stuff. I also know about good computer games. One is minecraft. In minecraft creepers take one look at ocelots/cats and run. Another program is for making games. It is basically a computer program and it is called Scratch. One scratch game I’m going to make is where the goal is to get your little creature and…

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    Celebrating my two year old…

    I feel so lucky right now to have a two year old in my house and to be able to watch again the strange process of a child becoming fluent at speach. We can watch her mind at work. The other day I was looking at a picture on the computer and she came and named one of her brothers, asking if it was him. I said no, so she named the other brother. I said no again, and she said, “boy.” She did not know him so she had moved from the specific to the general. She pretends to read books, sometimes repeating bits of the book she remembers and sometimes…

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    Homeschooling and Other Thoughts on a Quiet Morning.

    I’ve been stumped on what to write recently. I worry writing about politics and social justice issues is too depressing. I consider writing about homeschooling, but we haven’t been doing any particularly creative projects recently, just plugging along at the basics. There are a million funny wonderful moments I wish I could share with people but don’t for fear of intruding too much upon my children’s privacy. I will share just a little of those silly moments. One of my sons said the other day that he hates poetry. I don’t for a moment believe it is true, but what I found cute is that no sooner than he said it then he…

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    Gardening time again!

    My garden is a tangled mess.  Strawberries runners weave a loose web over the garden. In the holes poke up the self-seeded plants: arugula parsley, salad burnet, coriander and mustard. Patches of evening primrose and bee balm slowly crawl inwards towards the center of the garden from the outer edges they were placed on. The Sweet Cecily is moving out into the yard, its seedlings unfurling delicate ferny-leaves. Tiny purple weeds bloom everywhere. The lavender, thyme and sage plants look awfully woody and scraggly. I would trim them but the only life seems to be on the far outer branches.  Only the Good King Henry looks serene, blob of green leaves ready to be picked and…

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    talking politics

    I went last night to a wonderful event put on by a grassroots media collective. They wanted to encourage local writers and local activists. There was lots of good conversations. It was helpful for me as a younger person to hear the stories of activists who have been involved for multiple decades and to see that the struggles have been ongoing. There was some frusturation and despair expressed at times as people talked about how people feel so powerless and how young people today are faced with bleak futures. There was acknowledgement that we are seeing the slow effects of long time problems such as underfunding of youth programs. Yet there…

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    thoughts on life, the provincial budget and WWII stories

    It finally feels like summer here. The kids and I are spending hours outside. We’ve been out and about on errands a little more than normal this past few days, so the kids have done some of their schoolwork in the car. I try to grab the little moments when we’re waiting to play talking games or drill them in spelling rules or math questions – sometimes to the amusement of random people walking past. Today we had some eyebrows raised when my eight year old said the math questions were too easy and he wanted to have to answer them in binary. Besides the children and the sunshine, I…