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A View from Stadacona One Autumn Night

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January 30, 2011

It’s too dark too early. Too quickly autumn.  Everything dying slowly, beautifully, Magnificently.  Naked Ladies And Lilies of the Nile, Only memories now.  Hydrangeas withering. The scent of roses Stolen by the cold.  Pansies and marigolds Silent, still life. A lamp shines On the lemon tree.  A lemon tree. Very pretty.  Growing in our...
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Include me

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January 30, 2011

I am black I am white I am yellow I am brown Include me Include me in your race Include me I am red I am blue I am orange I am green Include me Include me in your dream Include me I am love I am passion I am hope I am faith...
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Weave me a dream

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January 30, 2011

Dreamweaver, dreamweaver Weave me a dream Give it periwinkle skies And lighthouse clouds   Dreamweaver, dreamweaver Weave me a dream Make it sunny with life Make it shine with peace   Dreamweaver, dreamweaver Weave me a dream Of a place with no war Of kindness and heart   Dreamweaver, dreamweaver Weave me a dream...
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Freedom Day on Robben Island

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January 28, 2011
Freedom Day on Robben Island

Robben Island. April 28, 2008. One day after Freedom Day. It fell on a Sunday this year, giving South Africans the Monday off. Getting to the island is harder than usual with the crowds of families flocking to the popular historical spot. They are enjoying a sunny annual national holiday that marks the day...
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Slumming in Colombia

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January 28, 2011
Slumming in Colombia

Three young ‘tweens’ were showing off their salsa steps in a makeshift schoolroom high above the noise and traffic of Medellin, Colombia, the city that cocaine built. They wore tight-fitting blue jeans and sleeveless T-shirts. Three young soccer players outside seemed disinterested. They had no time for dance. Soon a grandmother started to scold...
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Old Batavia still intrigues

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January 28, 2011
Old Batavia still intrigues

Rohindra parked the tourist bus near the town hall of Old Batavia, the Dutch colonial capital of Jakarta. I was the lone tourist on the bus, a sign of the bad economic times that have led Indonesia into growing political turmoil.
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San Francisco night

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January 28, 2011
San Francisco night

John’s Grill. It doesn’t sound “historic”. Doesn’t even sound interesting. Of all the gin joints and chop shops in San Francisco, why pick this one for a late-night martini? Because this is where writer Dashiell Hammett hung out back in the 1920s. That’s right. Dash himself had lunch here regularly. Yes, the same Dash...
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Berlin’s graffiti heaven

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January 27, 2011

A stand-up comic by night and city tour guide by day, Summer Banks will lead us on no ordinary romp through Berlin. This transplanted Californian is here to teach curious and slightly adventuresome tourists about the finer points of graffiti art and alternative living in the squats of the trendy and in some ways...
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Angela Davis still fighting

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January 26, 2011
Angela Davis still fighting

Angela Davis, one of only three women in history to be on the FBI’s most wanted list, is still a firebrand for her causes albeit a more subdued version of the 1960s radical Marxist sometimes dubbed the last great black activist.
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Changing Images

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January 24, 2011
Changing Images

This report is based on a three-month study of trade union communications in the United Kingdom conducted from May to July 1990. Funding was provided by the Commonwealth Relations Trust, a London-based organization that sponsors a bursary each year for one Canadian trade unionist to study in the United Kingdom.
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Books

Venice Observed - A Travel Booklet with Photos by Ron Verzuh Radical Rag by Ron Verzuh Underground Times by Ron Verzuh Selling Labour Down Under by Ron Verzuh Changing Images by Ron Verzuh Feasting With Love by Ron Verzuh Tea Leaves by Ron Verzuh Remembering Salt by Ron Verzuh