Is Equality A Good Goal?

First, some definitions. "Equality" is what? Income; access to making income; material goods; time to enjoy one's pursuits; treatment vis-a-vis others; treatment vis-a-vis authorities/gatekeepers; access to the necessities of life; and so on. "Good" may be considered from the personal, family, community, social, species, biosphere perspective. "Goal" may be a clearly defined end result; an …

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Is Your Story Compelling?

Compelling Stories George Opacic Respected literary artists writing fiction, whether they know it or not, usually employ techniques from musicians, weavers, painters and choreographers. Compelling stories are a balance of the coherent retelling of a series of events, artistically peppered with elements of emotional content. View the result in your mind as a musical composition: …

Why Did It Happen?

Terrorists. Why are they doing this? Politicians in England are asking that question. Perhaps they are not sincere in their questions. Please read an answer by London scholar Kenan Malik: "On Those 'Difficult Conversations'"

Salmon Arm

How many people still read? Or write? In a culture such as our west coast is developing, that may sound like a silly question. But consider the analogy of driving a car. Fewer people, on average, drive in the big cities. Of those, how many use a stick shift, or change their oil, or, themselves, …

In A Cloud of Sails

Born in North Vancouver as the Monte Cristo, this majestic square-rigger sailed down the west coast of the United States then across to Tahiti. After changing name to Endeavour II, her young crew and skipper braved the vast Pacific once again to rendezvous in Botany Bay with Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate Australia's bicentenary in …

They Walk Among Us

Aliens are already here. They have been here before homo sapiens walked out of Africa (either time). They look just like regular folks. Despite killing most of them off, the survivors have remained quiet, peaceful and nice. That was their problem. An analogy: chimpanzees have very close cousins called bonobos. Living peacefully in loose matriarchies, …

MOM

I shouldn't have done this by Jeff Berry When we moved to Dai Nippon, the Military Occupation was still in effect, meaning that Americans were treated by the Japanese public very carefully. To a youngster like me, aged about 11, the whole setup seemed to be made for me. I had free transport by bus …