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Warriors of Light

Warriors of Light

  “Warriors of light are not perfect. Their beauty lies in accepting this fact and still desiring to grow and to learn.” (Paulo Coelho) “Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself alone, one question . . . Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t it is of no use.” (Don Juan Matus)   Young boys and men of...

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Sacred Objects: Finding Myself – Models, Trucks & Boys

Sacred Objects: Finding Myself – Models, Trucks & Boys

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” (Ben Franklin) “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently” (Nietzsche)   Shortly after starting University in 1986 (child psychology), I met and befriended a co-worker at the security company where I worked evenings and weekends. This man, Bob,...

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The Love of a Father for his Daughter

The Love of a Father for his Daughter

  “The father of a daughter is nothing but a high-class hostage. A father turns a stony face to his sons, berates them, shakes his antlers, paws the ground, snorts, runs them off into the underbrush, but when his daughter puts her arm over his shoulder and says, “Daddy, I need to ask you something,” he is a pat of butter in a hot frying pan.” (Garrison Keillor)   Last night I did not want to go to sleep...

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Is More Violence the Best Response to Bullying?

“Revenge… is like a rolling stone, which, when a man hath forced up a hill, will return upon him with a greater violence, and break those bones whose sinews gave it motion.“ (Albert Schweitzer)   On December 31st 2010 the The Chief newspaper in Squamish published an article on a recent school bullying incident where a 14 year old girl retaliated with further acts of violence, and was suspended. The writer, Meagan...

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Why We Need Evidence Based Solutions to Bullying

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” (Frederick Douglas) “Adolescence is society’s permission slip for combining physical maturity with psychological irresponsibility.” (Terri Apter) Recently, it seems that you can’t pick up a local or national paper without some new report of bullying, or in some cases, a suicide resulting from bullying. Squamish has also been dealing with bullying incidents...

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