Monthly Archives: January 2013

Priceless

Mrs Pegler says to Gradgrind, “I can love for love’s own sake!” Selfless love. Compassion. Empathy. Bitzer says to Gradgrind, “The whole social system is a question of self-interest. What you must always appeal to, is a person’s self-interest. It’s your … Continue reading

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Look Up

So, what’s happened in 150 years? Why am I so impatient with one of the greatest of writers? I love books, libraries, authors. I could spend eternity with them. Or at least four years. I studied English lit at university. … Continue reading

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Conflict

Dickens writes in the first chapter of Book Three ‘that what the Head had left undone and could not do, the Heart may have been doing silently.’ The conflict between Head and Heart is at times traumatic. However, Chapter Two … Continue reading

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Humour

I’m reading, of all things, lawyers’ bios at Klippensteins. They’re funny and short. Murray Klippenstein argued in 2011 that, on discovering diaries kept by Daniel D. MacMartin, treaty commissioner for Ontario 1905, oral promises had been made that contradicted the … Continue reading

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Actions & Words

Certain characters’ actions are hard to explain: ‘It rained now, in a sheet of water. Mrs. Sparsit’s white stockings were of many colours, green predominating; prickly things were in her shoes; caterpillars slung themselves, in hammocks of their own making, … Continue reading

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Something’s Missing Or Forgotten

Her mother says to Louisa: ‘But there is something – not an Ology at all – that your father has missed, or forgotten, Louisa. I don’t know what it is. I have often sat with Sissy near me, and thought … Continue reading

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the unimin lands

i would like to see the unimin lands in midland, ontario, be restored as a natural area. this presents a fantastic, rare win-win-win opportunity. for starters, a natural area presents a multiuse, multigenerational capability like little lake park, barrie’s waterfront, or … Continue reading

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Pitch

Tom angers Harthouse: ‘There was a piece of ornamental water immediately below the parapet, on the other side, into which Mr. James Harthouse had a very strong inclination to pitch Mr. Thomas Gradgrind junior.’ But he doesn’t. Tom says, ‘You’re … Continue reading

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Say NO to LINE 9

‘On January 26, join concerned residents across Ontario, Quebec, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine who are saying no to dirty tar sands oil being shipped through their communities.‘ For more info, click here.

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The Spence Declaration

A copy of the declaration agreed to by members of the Assembly of First Nations and the Liberal and New Democrat caucuses, obtained by CBC News, that could end Chief Spence’s hunger strike. It has 13 commitments: An immediate meeting … Continue reading

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