Author Archives: M Mauchline

Our world out of balance: rioting in Vancouver, and for what?

So, what is wrong with this picture? We could start with the fact that it is a depiction of the flagrant destruction of public property in the form of a police cruiser. Then, we could point out the not-so-subtle spitting … Continue reading

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Chiang Mai’s custodians of tradition.

Ten years ago, I was in northern Thailand bicycling, taking in the vibe, and hanging out with a group of young artists as I escaped a portion of a Vancouver winter. My thoughts returned to that time recently, as my … Continue reading

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Reading the leaves after Three Cups of Tea.

It is a sad day indeed when our heroes fall from grace. The publishing of Greg Mortenson’s novel Three Cups of Tea provided readers with inspiration, hope and a desire for positive change; a counterweight to Bush-era foreign policy in … Continue reading

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The greatest gift, and the point of no return.

The point, at which my life changed irrevocably occurred in December 1972. I was 10 years old. My mother, in one of the many examples of her loving, and forward thinking nature, had decided the previous year that she would … Continue reading

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Our Democratic Responsibility.

The people of North Africa and the Middle East continue to protest for their democratic rights, willing, and often paying for that decision with their very lives. Yet, in my seemingly stable, and decidedly more democratic world of Canadian society, … Continue reading

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The Face of Gaman.

Gaman is a Japanese term roughly referring to forbearance, and is often translated as the easier to comprehend perseverance. It is a trait that has allowed the people of Japan to survive, and come to grips with the death and … Continue reading

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“Yes We Can” can become “Yes We Have”.

The news that India is on the verge of eradicating polio is just the type of inspiration we need more of in this age of information overload. We seem to live in a time where even the most well-intentioned of … Continue reading

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The Human Spirit

Today, the balancing act that is life, highlighted by poignant examples of the strength, and resilience of the human spirit, is happening on opposite ends of our earth. The people of North Africa and the Middle East continue to mass, … Continue reading

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Alberto Contador cleared of doping, but where’s the beef?

Professional cycling seems to have shot itself in the foot yet again. Three time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has been cleared by the Royal Spanish Cycling Federation of doping. Contador had tested positive for clenbuterol with arguably small, but … Continue reading

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The Politics of Convenience.

I would hazard to guess that most people who pay attention to what is going on in the world, even their own little part of the wider global spectrum, are aware of it. But, it doesn’t make it any easier … Continue reading

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