I'm not a big consumer. Never bought into the buying mentality. Have not contributed much to the economy in that regard. I have done a lot of work all my life, and a lot of it study or communications or research and activism for no pay.
It nevertheless seems that material objects come my way and adhere to my little universe just as much as to anyone else's. I am blessed that I have received many useful things as gifts and that I have come across useful second had items one way or another.
This website has not been very reliable lately; I have not been able to post some days because of interruptions and malfunctions on this site and it was slow to open up the blog today. Sorry about that.
Today I have the luxury of an unexpected day off and I am glad for I really need it. I have been busy with political and social activities and work.
At last, here we are. Nine days until my next birthday--time to put in my reflections over the past year, review and reset goals and look forward to more precious time on this Earth.
November begins the reflective year-end time for me. My birthday in mid-December is approaching and soon after that the conclusion of the calendar year. It is a reflective period for me--a time to assess what I have been doing and where I'm heading. I am gearing up to do that and review and reset my goals.
In this part of the world, the weather gets dark, cold and rainy in November. It can be downright gloomy. Like other people, I usually feel blue in November.
The autumn and winter of this region is not like the rainy seasons of the tropics or deserts; rather, heavy rain commences and goes on and on for weeks.
A People's Remembrance
[Words and action prepared for the Remembrance Day weekend--Oppose empire and sacrifice for empire. Build the mass movement for just peace and oppose the imperialist system.]
Remember all the victims, civilian and military, and
affirm opposition to wars of aggression, militarization, militarism and
repression. Honour those who have given their lives for justice, too. Pledge to
unite to build a movement for just and lasting peace by exposing and standing
up together to the global system that is the primary root cause of much
violence and death.
HANDS OFF YEMEN!
Solidarity Statement of the Just Peace Committee,
The Just Peace Committee and all the local organizations of the
International League of Peoples’ Struggles in BC stand in solidarity with the
Vancouver Peace Council and other activists opposing the aggression against
and interference in Yemen, which is causing extensive wanton destruction of
life and society.
We sternly criticize Canada’s role as a junior imperialist state
in league with the US and its allies’ schemes and involvement, and supportive
of Saudi Arabia’s criminal and immoral military intervention in Yemen.
Employer, a private, profit-making college selling courses to international students, told me to get out and never come back today. No reason given. No warnings prior to this day.
Sounds like an employer one should not work for, right?
Alexander College on Kingsway in Burnaby and W. Hastings in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
I never felt good and this action on the part of the employer is a good show of its attitude. I was not planning on accepting any further contracts with them.
But to kick you to the curb just before midterms?
Appalling assessment by Canadian tax authority trying to take a chunk of my retirement savings. I was not aware they could do this; in fact, a bank's personnel told me I could save money in Canada this way without taxation while I was an officially categorized resident abroad. I am a Canadian citizen and I went abroad to work specifically to save for retirement.
Copy of a letter of appeal for tax relief
I am again writing to seek tax relief from amounts owing
on a series of TFSA Notice of Assessments received since August, 2018, but
covering TFSA accounts contributions from mid-July 2011 to 2016.
Tonight I am posting a copy of a letter I just wrote to overseas friends and colleagues. I taught English in Korea for 10 years, returning to Canada early last year.
Hello, you all!
This is Barbara from BUFS in Busan, Korea who returned to Canada after December, 2016. This is a long letter for any of you interested in catching up or curious.
I have been thinking about my time and friends in Korea a lot lately, so I am writing. I just went through all my Gmail addresses and used the ones I could remember.
I started full-time work as a Sessional Instructor and writing tutor at a local international college. As with any new situation, there has been a lot to learn in the past couple weeks, so it can feel stressful. This particular job is particularly complicated with a lot of information and procedures to adopt.
To begin with, the work is kind of administrative heavy, using all the electronic communications technology it can. That means that there are countless files is disparate places filed in variously named folders.
My brother and his wife were dinner guests at my place last night. We had a nice time. My sister-in-law can get quite negative and be difficult to please but the dinner went well. Actually, her attitude and disposition has changed for the better lately.
They are a little older than I. They have both been officially labeled as mentally disabled for most of their lives, and therefore unemployed and on low income.. It's a shame because they are very sociable and have generally good character. My brother was ambitious and into many things, working hard to save money and accomplish a lot.