Category Archives: Histories, Commentaries, Commemorations

B.C. forestry practices and “code red for humanity”

B.C. forestry practices and “code red for humanity” PATRICK S. WOLFE Anthony Britneff’s astounding statements (“Move B.C.’s forestry jobs into other sectors,” commentary, Victoria Times Colonist, Aug. 25, 2021) should be shouted from the rooftops: “wildfires … together with logging, … Continue reading

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Visible and invisible: The interlacing of worlds

Visible and invisible: The interlacing of worlds[1] PATRICK S. WOLFE “The invisibility at the heart of things was traditionally named the deus absconditus, the ‘concealed god’,” but ours is “a culture that marginalizes the invisibles.” So says psychologist James Hillman’s … Continue reading

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Old-growth logging and climate change: Tiny B.C. First Nations asked to show great wisdom

Old-growth logging and climate change: Tiny B.C. First Nations asked to show great wisdom PATRICK S. WOLFE   Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we … Continue reading

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Adolf Hitler and “the luck of the devil”

Adolf Hitler and “the luck of the devil” By PATRICK S. WOLFE Sir Ian Kershaw’s masterful two volume biography of Adolf Hitler was published in 1998 and 2000. In 2002, Kershaw was knighted for “services to History.”[1] His chapter on … Continue reading

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From Grenades to Grace: The power of certain words and experiences

From Grenades to Grace: The power of certain words and experiences[1] By Patrick Wolfe Words like “God” and “Jesus” can be loaded with a range of meaning and emotion, sometimes intended, sometimes not, and sometimes projected by people reacting to … Continue reading

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Climate change remediation and social responsibility are bedeviled by the status quo two-step

Climate change remediation and social responsibility are bedeviled by the status quo two-step PATRICK WOLFE “Stop Denying the Climate is Dying,” was one of the slogans at the Sept. 25, 2020 #FridaysForFuture protest rallies around the world.[1] “Our planet is … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King Jr., George Floyd, and the awful grace of God

Martin Luther King Jr., George Floyd, and the awful grace of God[1] By PATRICK S. WOLFE The heart flag is ubiquitous throughout the city.[2] It is a symbol of hope in difficult times. So was the Silent Minute. Instituted by … Continue reading

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“I can’t breathe”: Humanity’s need for a spiritual renaissance

“I can’t breathe”: Humanity’s need for a spiritual renaissance[1] By PATRICK SHANE WOLFE As “I have a dream” is Martin Luther King, Jr.’s immortal phrase, so “I can’t breathe” is George Floyd’s. Both are gifts to the world. The first … Continue reading

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Coping With Coronavirus and Building A Better World: Wit, grit, and inner light

COPING WITH CORONAVIRUS AND BUILDING A BETTER WORLD: Wit, grit and inner light[1] PATRICK S. WOLFE We are living through deeply sobering times. The novel coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world on its head. The pandemic’s potential for chaos and … Continue reading

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Mr. Rogers’ neighbourhood and the gifts of grace

  Mr. Rogers’ neighbourhood and the gifts of grace[1] PATRICK S. WOLFE The initial inspiration for the movie, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, in which Tom Hanks plays Mr. Rogers, was Tom Junod’s article “Can You Say … Hero?” … Continue reading

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