Inside the Birdcage – October 14, 2015.  The Red Shawl and RedDRESS Projects and the Niqab Debate 

Mmm. The niqab debate has sparked an intriguing ripple in Canadian society, with a moment by afoot to vote mummer style; that is, wearing facial coverings, as a form of quiet civil rebellion against our increasingly draconian security measures. I can get behind this!   #FallFashion #WhenIsAScarfAFashionStatememt        Meanwhile, I’ve been participating in the #RedShawlProject […]

Inside the Birdcage – October -1, 2015

    This is an artist’s depiction of Isaac Umbauch, Stony Plain’s first mayor and Sherrif. During his tenure he chained CN Rail’s trains to the track for nonpayment of rent, built the first jail (using his basement originally; I used to play in his house) and built the first one-room schoolhouse. There’s a statue […]

Escape from Stormcage

This is how I’ve come to view leaving my rather reclusive FOB at the end of the universe. A friend of sorts who is somewhat familiar with my psychosocial history gave me the SO to take myself alone into town three times a week for a minimum of half a day.  I’m building up to […]

Inside the birdcage -September 24, 2015

Well, the election has been hearing up, with tempers flaring left and right, and the only thing all veterans can appear to agree on is the importance of voting, period. Meanwhile I continue to look for work. I’ve recently made several interesting contacts in the private sector via Twitter, and remain hopeful. An earthquake recently […]

Strangled by Red Tape

I swear sometimes that administration bullshit was specifically designed with the sole purpose of making people whose lives are already complicated with ridiculous amounts of unnecessary drama more difficult. That said, I am currently in the process of finally getting my tax arrears sorted out, and apparently the government owes me money. This is a happy surprise.

Sticky Solutions to Sticky Problems

The medium is the message. As long as mass hysteria fuelled by religious orthodoxy of any kind exists, there is going to be ignorance and confusion.  Unfortunately, within the rank and file of Islam, the majority of adherents really have no idea what it is that they believe.  Same with extremist fundamentalist Christians of course. […]