I'm a bit of an empath, an intuitive with sensitivity. In fact, my Meyers-Brigges personality test result is consistently INSJ )intuitive, introvert, sensitive, judgmental). Other readings are consistent.
I knew this before I got all those evaluations because I have seen and heard things that cannot be explained and that would be categorized as paranormal. Things like apparitions, lights, shadows, mists, bangs, sighs, objects moving on their own, dreams... They happen on and off, and in waves when I start thinking about them.
I have been aware that it is advisable to be prepared for disaster or loss of home, but I have not done much preparation other than having some extra preserved food (for about 3 days) and candles with a lighter on hand. Everyone should be better prepared.
I feel I have been lucky so far. I live in an earthquake zone where we get trmors all the time and are awaiting the big one. Weather has been getting more extreme as I have aged into the senior category. Power outages more likely, we have been without hydroelectric power for a few hours at a time twice in the past two years.
Minister of Foreign
Cc:Honourable Harjit Sajjan
Minister of National
Cc: Right Honourable
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime
January 9, 2020
The United States drone
assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abd Mahdi al-Muhandis, along with eight others on January 3,
global wave of opposition to the US imperialism’s latest act of terror and
aggression washed through Iraq and throughout the Middle East, around Europe
and in many cities in North America on January 4 and 5. Commission 4 of the
ILPS salutes this staunch response and encourages more action to show
solidarity for just peace and deter an outbreak of global or regional war in
response. We applaud the Iraq government’s resolution to get US forces out of
Iraq as we do NATO’s decision to suspend the NATO mission led by Canadian
forces in Iraq.
A deep recession is forecast in 2020. Despite official claims of low unemployment and increased retail activity in the US in 2019, economic growth in the US and the world is predicted at a rate of 1.7 to 2% in 2020. That is because of hyper-inflation and high debt. Products are artificially over-priced and consumers (corporate, government and individual) are dedicated to spending beyond their means.
House prices and rents are at an all-time high in major cities around the planet while wages decline, mass layoffs multiply and bankruptcies increase.
I am continuing my exercise system into 2020. I began working on building general strength in a low-impact way and with emphasis on strengthening my knee joints. I took this step in response to a diagnosis of early stage arthritis, which explained the swelling and pain in my left knee joint.
Helped by a physical trainer for the first few weeks, I learned more about my fitness situation and needs. First, I learned about core strength, which is the capacity of the abdominal area, chiefly the diaphragm but also the sides to the hip tops; core strength affects all body movement and balance and coordination.
My personal experience of the past 10 years.
10 years ago, I was taking a 3-month break from living in Korea. I stayed in Victoria, BC, making visits to Vancouver and one to Calgary from there. It was a very snowy winter in BC.
I had just been hired to start working as an Assistant Professor in the English foreign language section of the English department, which was housed in European Languages division at a private, foreign languages university in South Korea. This was reason to celebrate.
I am active in just peace activism and anti-imperialist solidarity. One way I partake in this kind of activity is through my Just Peace Committee and its role in a local Venezuela solidarity committee.
I attended a huge conference for Latin American solidarity with the people against coup attempts, right wing resurgences, state repression, unjustified economic sanctions that hurt the people, militarization and the threat of military invasions. OUt of that conference came a declaration of solidarity against US-led imperialism and pledges to support particular struggles of people in Latin America and the Caribbean regions.
Just passed another birthday and the calendar year is closing. Time to review the year.
I always review my goals and see what I accomplished or changed. I refer to both short (1-year and 5-year) and long term (10 years).
What's more, I consider a few categories of life: finances, career, social, travel, health, activism.
I've had a steady income from self-employment and employment, working generally part-time, with a few relatively high-income months. My savings have remained frozen this year.
I live alone and sometimes it seems that I am losing social contact. However, I can take stock of acquaintances and remarkable conversations I am able to engage in, if I take the time to both engage here and there in the first place, and, in the second, make note of them. We must stop and count our blessings, so to speak. I can cite a few examples of unexpected yet very pleasant exchanges I've enjoyed recently. Reflecting back, they were little gems of social life,
Today, for example, I had conversations in the course of returning a bag of can to the recycling depot and going back home via the neighbourhood park.