Category Archives: Peace

The Mask you live in – revisited

  Reading some notes I’d taken while watching the Miss Representation Project’s film, The Mask You Live In, a couple of years ago.  This film is about the unrealistic stereotypes we railroad boys into, so that they deny their emotional … Continue reading

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The Mask You Live In – shown in Vancouver last Friday night

It was gratifying to be part of an audience of more than a hundred committed and concerned people who showed up for last Friday’s screening of The Mask You Live In, a film about the stereotypes of masculinity in our … Continue reading

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Controlling our kids

Vancouver doctor and public speaker Gabor Mate and co-author Gordon Neufeld have written a new edition to their 2004 book, Hold on to your Kids with the subtitle Why Parents need to matter more than peers.  The update contains new and … Continue reading

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Be a Man – three little words that hurt

Be a Man – three little words but oh so powerful – in a bad, bad way. For years boys have been told to “Be a man” which really means don’t like pink, don’t like flowers, don’t give hugs, don’t … Continue reading

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Guatemalan adventures – or how come we’ve been talking so much about Star Wars these days :(

Yes – you read that right. Here we are in one of the planet’s most spiritually powerful locations in Guatemala and we’ve been talking more about Star Wars on this trip than we have for years. The reason? A couple … Continue reading

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Learning about the world through travel – Guatemala

We are here in Guatemala – a little way outside a small village called San Marcos la laguna on beautiful Lake Atitlan which is a few hours west of Guatemala city. They call it the land of the eternal spring … Continue reading

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Hold on to your boy

Someone asked me about their 3-year old son’s recent change in behaviour in not wanting to go out to playgroups or activities as much as he had before. We had a similar situation around the same age and I struggled … Continue reading

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The Broken American Male : and how to fix him

Pretty ambitious title huh?? I can’t claim credit for it. It’s the title of a book by an American Rabbi named Shmuel Boteach whose television series “Shalom at Home” prompted him to write it.  After several months of shooting the … Continue reading

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Transformer marathon

When my son discovered Transformer episodes on youtube one Friday night a couple of years ago I inwardly groaned, knowing this meant I would have to think about a way to manage them. Really I would have been happy if … Continue reading

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The age of seven

I sit here with a mixture of excitement and sadness on the eve of my son’s 7th birthday. It seems like a real turning point – no longer is he a 2-year-old, inclined to push smaller children over or whack someone else … Continue reading

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