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I was in the Erin Mills shopping center recently and at my usual coffee spot. The woman ahead of me turns around and says "Oh hi!"

It takes me a moment but then I say

"Where do you work again?" Trying to recall where I have seen her.

"At the Sears that's where I've seen you. You know we're closing right?"

"Yes I do, I'm sorry to hear that"

"It's a blessing in disguise my dear. I needed an excuse for a change and may I say you are so well put together. I love your makeup"

I thanked her profusely and then we spoke for several more minutes before parting ways.

Not five minutes later making my way with a coffee in hand two little girls dressed in princess dresses almost barrel into my knees. They couldn't have been older than 6 and 4.

"Watch the lady" the mother scolds.

"She is so cute" I told the mother pointing at the youngest scrambling to get up..

"Actually that's my son and he likes…
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divided on trans rights

How did the two American parties get so divided on transgender rights?

Well, when you end up segregating people by ideology you virtually guarantee it and with only two major parties you facilitate the building of coalitions over things like religion, LGBT rights and gun control. Hence it’s become the rural right against the urban left locked in ideological battles over these kinds of issues.

80% of Republicans do not believe there is such thing as being transgender while a healthy majority of Democrats do. It also won’t surprise you that the credibility of transgender people improves with the level of education of the voter. This is more true in the Democratic party than in the Republican party which contains more hard line ideologues; for them it is dogmatic conservatism that drives their thinking.

Divide and conquer by wedge issues wasn’t always so prevalent and Republican voters who are libertarians have been left with little choice but to align with a party that increasingly does…

a simple letter to the editor

A reader of the delawareonline newspaper writes a simple letter to the editor admonishing another letter writer who fretted about children being exposed to transgender children in the school locker room:

"A letter writer in Friday's paper is upset over regulations for transgender children using locker rooms and the trauma it presents to cisgendered children.

May I suggest she speak to her children on the issue? Her children may surprise her and may even educate her.

A transgender child is the gender of the locker room and the bathroom they are in. Most people understand this. Perhaps if the letter writer would take the time to do some research instead of relying on prejudices, she would understand as well.

Education is key to understanding complex issues.

Children are not born hating others. Hate is taught by words, actions or deeds.

A child's mind is open to learning. An adult's closed mind is not.

We have to learn and understand that everything is not black …

my favorite band of all time lives on....

Tony Banks of Genesis and Elton John are why I play piano today and this is my favorite of Tony's compositions; one I would play regularly with my old band. I first learned to play it on the piano in my mid teens.

How interesting that a song composed in 1973 lives on and is interpreted so uniquely and so well by this young woman.

It's Genesis meets Amy Winehouse...


going solo

Rhonda’s recent guest post by Tami got me thinking about doing things on your own which I am apt to do a lot lately. What I like about this is that you are more likely to meet new people and discover new experiences than if you are accompanied by someone.

As I have become increasingly comfortable as Joanna and as I age, the inhibitions crumble and suddenly you find yourself deep in conversation with people who happen to be sitting next to you at a café, standing at a grocery lineup or with a merchant who happens to recommend some product to you.

Since I have been here I have made a series of acquaintances who, when I have told them I am going back to Montreal, have expressed interest in keeping in touch with me. For example, there is Anna who works at a jewelry counter at the Oakville mall chats with me whenever I pass her stall and she has told me she appreciates my easy-going style and that I am so nice. Then there’s Becca, Mae, Maria and Alex (that transgender young woman who doesn…

Kacper hits it out of the park

A lot of the performances on these imitiation shows can often be embarrassingly bad but Kacper Kuszewski seems to always get it right. His Maria Callas is no exception.

This performance is on the Polish version (Twoja twarz brzmi znajomo) and, not only does she look great, but the vocals are pretty darn good too...