August 27, 2013
Navel Gazing, News
Asylum Seekers, Australia, Australian Election, Australian Government, Australian Politics, Border Policy, Border Protection, Difference, Federal Election, Immigration, Immigration Policy, Kevin Rudd, Labor Party, Liberal Party, Migrants, Refugees, Stop The Boats, Tolerance, Tony Abbott, Voltaire, Voltaire Quotes, Xenophobia
Last week, I penned a missive in response to a vile letter directed towards an autism-diagnosed Canadian boy and his family. It was intended to highlight the essential need for respect and understanding when it comes to the differences between us.
Five days later and I am writing again. The circumstances are not the same. Sadly, the theme is.
August 21, 2013
Autism, Autism Hate Letter, Canada, Difference, Hate Crime, Hope, Karla Begley, Kids, Max Begley, Ontario, Parenting, Respect
My name is Darren. I thought I would get in touch. I live a long way away – on the other side of Canada, in fact – so we’ll probably never see each other in person. I thought a letter might be the next best thing to say hello and pass on something important, something I hope you take to heart.
A letter. Your mum wrote one. It is evil. Unforgivable. The police say it isn’t a ‘hate crime’, but that’s just what the law says: it is hateful and it is criminal. That’s not just my opinion – that’s how many, many, many people feel about it. The words in her letter – they should never be written down, never spoken. They should never even find a way into your brain. Your mum’s letter shouldn’t have happened. But it did. She has to live with its consequences for the rest of her life.
July 8, 2013
Book Titles, Books, Cosmetic Surgery, ebooks, Exciting Press, New Title, Novels, Plastic Surgery, Readers, The Umbilical Word
With the imminent Exciting Press publication of my 2008 work, The Umbilical Word, I’ve decided the novel needs some cosmetic surgery. Nothing too drastic. No collagen in the prose or liposuction of the plot. Just a small alteration to the face of the book.
But rather than entrust this delicate operation to my own shaky-handed devices, I’m entrusting it to an expert: