Behind every door
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Behind every door

The Saturday before last, Waterloo Region held its annual “Doors Open” event. Businesses, churches and other notable buildings invite the general public in, to learn about history, architectural styles and the design philosophies that govern the structures we inhabit. We live in downtown Kitchener, and that meant we could walk to a bunch of the sites, freed from vehicular haste, and away from the temptation of a distracting screen.

Leisurely learning
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Leisurely learning

I’ve been talking about sleep a lot lately. I’ve been getting plenty myself these days, but it seems a lot of my students haven’t. So when they come to my office feeling panicky, stressed and overwhelmed, one of the first things I ask them is “how are you sleeping?”

Sanity amid cynicism
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Sanity amid cynicism

Instant info-gratification has its own perils, but when current events take a dark turn, watch out. In the wake of the election, my Twitter feed became a dark place. Snark turned to cynicism. Debate turned shouty and insulting. Trolls abounded.

When nobody wins
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When nobody wins

A line from St. Anthony the Great, the father of Christian monasticism, has been glowing like an ember in the back of my mind: “Our life and our death is with our neighbour. If we gain our brother, we have gained God, but if we scandalize our brother, we have sinned against Christ.”

A classic drink for heedless times
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A classic drink for heedless times

And that reminds me: I need a drink. Not because I’m some escapist sot who reaches for the medicine any time the world seems to tilt off its axis. Instead, I draw inspiration from Chesterton: the “dipsomaniac and the abstainer are not only both mistaken, but they both make the same mistake

This is our life
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This is our life

There’ve been a good number of think pieces about The Hip over the past few months; pieces that have attempted to capture what this band means to Canadians, why this band never caught on below the 49th, how the band does or doesn’t challenge the thornier issues of Canadian identity.