I’ll admit, I’m obsessed with how you processmy projection, how your consciousnessconceives of my existence -- this corporeal form before you.Do I bore you with myfrequent expressions of frustration, or do youfind me worthy of your attention? Maybe we’re not there yet…are you faltering behind that veil of perception?The one that perceives me as the … Continue reading Human, Like You.
Source. I was inspired to share this story after learning about Patrick Hutchinson's courage. He was quoted saying, "Just because somebody's up to no good, doesn't mean you have to kill them." Absolutely. I vaguely remember this, but I think I got the basic story right. It was sometime in Junior High. Maybe grade seven. … Continue reading My Friend, the Short-Lived White Supremacist
Note: The real names of the individuals in this story have not been used in order to protect their identities. I wasn’t old enough to get a real job, but a sixth grader named Lance chucked the newspapers around Lewis Drive and graciously offered me his flyer route. I got twenty-five cents a flyer, which … Continue reading That Brutal Day on the Corner of Olive Avenue and Bernard Street.
Dear Navvab and Nolan (my children), When I was around your age, I had this total obsession with space. This is me...probably not thinking about space, but man I had nice hair. Star Trek, the Next Generation was my escape from reality. A reality where no matter how much I tried to blend in, my … Continue reading Dear Kids, Houston has a [BIG] Problem.
I work in a government agency responsible for responding to prisoner complaints, and investigating human rights violations in Canada’s federal prisons. I was inspired to write this post after one of my recent visits to a correctional facility. There, I met with a young man who decided that he wanted to end his life. There … Continue reading Criminal Justice and the Principle of Dignity