I've just completed an interview for a pair of articles on Huffington Post, and the reactions have been both interesting and varied. The vast majority has been positive, even insightful, but a few have been less than constructive. I'm perfectly ok with that because I have developed a rather thick skin as a survival strategy. Life on the internet requires such armor. All this got me thinking about empathy, or rather the lack of it in some people.
October 27, 2012
October 22, 2012
I wrote this piece in 2010, while toying with the idea of writing a book about Steven. I think I realized somewhere during the process that it's the writing itself, the "doing" of it that's important, not the finished product. In the mean time, the story has taken an unexpected turn; I never expected at the time that this organization would become what it has. HNWS has become part of Steven's story, and it's still being written...
October 19, 2012
Police in London Ontario have laid criminal harassment charges in a case of cyber-bullying. According to a Toronto Sun article, eight female students at London South Collegiate Institute were involved in the bullying activity. Police say that an important tool used to make the decision to charge the girls was an anonymous phone tip line set up on the school's website.
October 16, 2012
Canada's national newspaper, the Globe and Mail has published another good article on bullying and its connection to pop culture. One major influence in kids lives today is television. TV has always been accused of being bad for us. My parent's generation used to tell us television would rot our minds and they may have been partially right about that. Today, television is just one influence among many, but it still has a major impact.
October 14, 2012
Obviously, running an organization that deals with an issue so close to my heart will occasionally run the risk of creating emotional pain. It comes with the territory. Even so, when they hit, the triggers always seem to sneak up on me. You'd think I'd know better by now. On the other hand, I've got something to write about.