It’s been a busy weekend and I have my friends to thank for that. Yesterday I was invited to a great southern supper by an American friend who was missing her family on Thanksgiving (but is happy to be in Canada with her new husband and daughter). Today, I visited friends out of town who had recently had some medical issues (which were taken care of by the Ontario Health Plan). I realized that when I was giving thanks on Saturday, I didn’t say thank you to this great country we live in. I’m thankful for my friends but even more thankful for Canada. It’s not perfect and as citizens we have a responsiblity to make it the best place possible. That’s my challenge for all of us – do something to make it better.
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I think I’ve fallen in love with David Suzuki again. When I was a kid every month I got a slew of magazines in the mail. I loved getting mail at all but to recieve pages and pages to read with a window onto the world was amazing. Ranger Rick was on of my favourites, along with Owl. Great science and nature pieces. I loved David Suzuki then (along with Robert Bateman). I haven’t seen him this riled up in a while and he makes my point much more elequantly than I did last night.
Okay – so we’re in a virtual coffee shop so let’s talk coffee shop. I’m not a Starbucks customer so I’m wondering about a commerical I saw tonight. It showed an iced drink that appeared to be coffee based. Have they had this for long? Is this to compete directly against the Iced Cap? (Which I have tried and don’t like so I won’t be trying the Starbucks version either so don’t bother trying to convince me)
“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons”
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Many years ago there was a coffee shop in the small town I grew up in. It was called by various names but always had the same cast of characters. It was a place where you could sit for hours with a cup of coffee (or tea) and chat. You talked with people you had known for years, some you just met and some who you wished you had never met. The subject? Anything and everything. Conversations about the world and what matters in it. I intend my blog to be the same. The only rule is respect – feel free to disagree with me (in fact it makes it more interesting) – just tell me why you’ve come to a different conclusion looking at the same world.
As a society, we don’t tend to have deep conversations with loved ones or strangers. I think the reasons for this are many – we don’t have time to think things through and come up with our own opinion, we’re afraid of offending others or we don’t think our opinion matters. We figure we are so different from others that there’s no point in saying anything. But if we’re all so different are we really?
And what do we lose by not having those conversations? Ask the occupiers if they feel like they’ve been listened to before they took the drastic step of occupying public places. Ask people who don’t vote if they feel like they’re listened to. If we don’t speak then how can anyone hear?
I’ve moved the coffee shop online. (Just as well since the combination of a smoking ban and people spending $5 all night drove it out of business.) Welcome to Cup Conversations. Put on the kettle and stay for a bit.