" During these years many wonderful trees have befriended me in a way that is totally surprising to me. It was a tree that took the initiative in one of the early years."...

"I wish to raise two points which are rarely heard in the discussion on electoral reform. The first has to do with what political scientists call “interest aggregation” and the second with what they call “legitimacy.”"...

"t was CS Lewis who said “The safest road to Hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”"...

"I’ve had a conversion in my life about wearing a red poppy each year. As a young adult, I used to see it as a glorification of war and I would not wear one."...

Henri Nouwen says, “Real human grief allows the illusion of immortality to die in us.”  So while we acknowledge the mortality of so many loved ones whom we have lost, let us also acknowledge our own mortality."...

"People are complex and to encounter them genuinely requires much sacrifice of our own assumptions, biases and sometimes ill will."...

"How will our 338 elected members of parliament work together to solve Canada’s many problems? Perhaps a review of how MPs in Canada’s 1867 Confederation parliament solved their problems may be useful."...

"On one occasion I could hear the leaves and the wind whispering to each other and see the branches gently swaying to the wind’s rhythms.  I seemed to hear the message; “Tell them to listen and let the Spirit move them”. "...

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