About

Getting to know you… getting to know all about you…

It is but a brief sketch, just some words on the page and not the whole person, but with time we’ll fill in more of the details, as we come to know one another better. On the pages in this section you can learn a little bit more about me, my history, my family, and some of the work I’ve done. And on this page, a few lists, because I like lists.

Places I’ve been

  • Every province in Canada (not the territories yet, sadly).
  • As of next weekend, when I’m going to Anchorage for an OWL training, all 50 States.
  • Accra, Ghana – Doing technology work with a women’s development cooperative.
  • Eastern Europe – The International Association of Religious Freedoms conference in Hungary, followed by time in Austria, the Czech Republic, a bus tour of Unitarianism in Transylvania/Romania that included the opening of the high school, then travels throughout Transylvania.
  • New Zealand – Five months living in the back of a converted minivan, doing some WWOOF-ing (willing workers on organic farms), primarily with orchards and apiaries, both of which I wanted to bring back to Unicamp.
  • Caribbean – An ill-fated, exhausting cruise. Never again.

Authors I’ve Met

  • Margaret Atwood
  • Neil Bissoondath
  • Kate Bornstein
  • Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Cory Doctorow
  • Ursula Leguin
  • Ursula Franklin
  • Robertson Davies

Top of My Tsondoku

Tsondoku is a Japanese term for that (significant) pile of books you accumulate beside the bed that you hope you’ll get to reading soon. What’s in your Tsondoku?

  • Nature’s Allies – Eight Conservationists Who Changed Our World
  • (Don’t Call Me Crazy) – 33 Voices Start the Conversation About Mental Health
  • We Need to Talk – How to Have Conversations That Matter
  • A Whirlwind Passed Through Our Country – Lakota Voices of the Ghost Dance
  • Open Leadership – How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead
  • Revolutionary Mothering – Love on the Front Lines
  • Faith in Action – A Handbook for Activists, Advocates and Allies
  • History Teaches Us To Resist – How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times

Things I’ve Collected

  • Baseball cards (in my twenties I revived this, but with collectible cards of Canadian queer icons)
  • Typecases and type for letterpress printing
  • Pinhole cameras and alternative process photography
  • Books. Sooo, so many books.
  • Vintage postcards from Niagara Falls
  • Spices, rubs and types of salt (there are dozens)

Some Favourite Non-Hymn, Sing-Along Worship Songs

Melanie DeMore – Lead with Love

Milck – I Can’t Keep Quiet

Courage, My Friend (South African anthem, sung by Boston UUs)

Ruth Huber – Courage To be Who We Are

Sweet Honey in the Rock – Ella’s Song