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The Canterbury Tales

by Derek Suchard

When the definitive narrative account of the Covid-19 pandemic is written, the modern-day Decamerone or Canterbury Tales, it will have a colourful cast of characters, depending on the author and what philosophical point xe is trying to make.

For some, prominent roles will be … read more.

Two Poems

by Nancy Klein

January 26, 2021

The awful, horrible, terrible time

—Dedicated to children all around the world

It was an awful, horrible, terrible time when we couldn’t say, “Let’s play!”

When we had to stay home, all alone, with no one to talk to.

How can a tiny bug keep … read more.

What, if anything, has Covid-19 taught us?

by Darrel Moellendorf
at the UURM Service on Sunday 6 June 2021

It’s now been more than two weeks since my second AZ shot. So, I enjoy full coverage. I hope some of you can also say that, and that most of you at least have … read more.

The Burden of Lockdowns on Children

by Barbara Woodard, IUCP

The long ‘lockdowns’ were implemented by politicians based on recommendation from epidemiologists.  While their intentions were good, their plans failed to address what is needed to live and thrive as a person; child development specialists, psychologists and gerontologists should have been included in the … read more.

Death by a Thousand Cuts

by Floyd Vernon Chandler

Lingchi was an ancient Chinese method of capital punishment noted for the prolonged suffering it inflicted upon the condemned. It was often referred to as “Death by a Thousand Cuts.” The executioner was skilled in cutting flesh and limbs in a manner … read more.

In Memory of Steve Dick

I was asked for a few words about my memories of Steve Dick. Outside it is snowing, and everything is very white and still, and I am sitting at my computer trying to bring back the past, many decades ago, when Steve came into my … read more.

Semeurs de Forêts

by Séverine F.

I got involved with the Semeurs de Forêts through an old friend of mine. She has known me as a tree hugger for a long time, and though she has never hugged a tree, she is involved in trying to find … read more.