Science fiction helps us to envision the future, as well as clarify the past

When I started reading science fiction, in my teens, it was widely regarded as a disreputable form of literature. This was not surprising, since at that time -- the early 1940s – science fiction was confined to pulp magazines with lurid covers, often depicting scantily-clad heroines shooting ray-guns at BEMS (bug-eyed monsters). Living in Newfoundland … Continue reading Science fiction helps us to envision the future, as well as clarify the past

Book review: ‘Bypassing Dystopia’ could free Canada from the clutches of neoliberalism

The people in Canada who are intelligent, open-minded, and not ideologically conservative would probably number at least a million. But if only one in twenty of them – 50,000 -- were to read Joyce Nelson’s latest book – Bypassing Dystopia: Hope-filled challenges to corporate rule -- the outcome could be a grassroots uprising that would … Continue reading Book review: ‘Bypassing Dystopia’ could free Canada from the clutches of neoliberalism

Old age need not be dreaded if it is the culmination of a well-spent life

If you cultivate the study and practice of wise and decent living, then when you grow old they will yield a rich harvest.  – Cicero I am fortunate to have a shrewd and insightful mentor guiding me through the aging process. Although he has been dead for more than two thousand years, the wisdom of … Continue reading Old age need not be dreaded if it is the culmination of a well-spent life