Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast

In which we look at the impossible and the improbable, with Alice’s (Lewis Carroll) curiosity and bravery in mind. This is NOT a blog on the occult or the eerie, but a look at the manifestations of both Nature and Culture that often elude our attention.


A musical play, The Quest, composed and directed by the extraordinary Kenneth Johnson ( ) in which I have a small part , June 5 and 6th at the Pender Harbour Music Centre, has me thinking about the different interrelationships among personal quest, creative search, and asking the right questions. We know, if only from Disney movies like THE SORCERER”S APPRENTICE and kids’ books, the importance for the magician of getting the spell exactly right. Magic will not happen if the … [Read more...]

Can I Change You Or Should You Change Me?

The recent Wall Street protests remind me of an old Mullah Nasruddin joke. Nasruddin is a semi-mythical Middle Eastern figure, who is often portrayed as a “wise fool” in the anecdotes. One day a rich man is drowning in a lake close to the shore. A number of bystanders shout to the rich man in an attempt to save him. “Give us your hand!” The rich man continues to thrash in the water.  Nasruddin sees the situation and steps forward. “Take my hand, “ he shouts. The rich man immediately grabs the … [Read more...]

Six Impossible Things

Alice laughed: "There's no use trying," she said; "one can't believe impossible things."
 "I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." (Alice in Wonderland) If we had one year to…. Solve Global Warming Convince government and big business everywhere that it’s in our best interest to have a universal minimum wage supported by … [Read more...]

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