“If only one good memory remains…”

“You must know that there is nothing higher, or stronger, or sounder, or more useful afterwards in life, than some good memory, especially a memory from childhood, from the parental home. You hear a lot said about your education, yet some such beautiful, sacred memory, preserved from childhood, is perhaps the best education. If a man stores up many such memories to take into life, then he is saved for his whole life. And even if only one good memory remains with us in our hearts, that alone may serve some day for our salvation.” — Fyodor Dostoevsky

This is one of my very favourite quotations from the The Brothers Karamazov. Tonight I made fruit pizza (oat cookie crust with cream cheese and whipped cream topping covered with fruit and drizzled with chocolate), which has been my favourite dessert my whole life and which definitely reminds me of home, of my childhood, and of my family. Continue reading ““If only one good memory remains…””

Jordan Peterson: Choose friends who “punish you carefully”

The third rule from Jordan Peterson’s book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos is: Make friends with people who want the best for you.

It is a rather somber chapter during which he takes the reader to his small hometown of Fairview in northern Alberta where, he says, “it was no easy matter to stay innocently amused.” After acquainting his readers with what it’s like to live in a freezing climate with which most Canadians are already thoroughly familiar, he proceeds to recount anecdotes of friends he made in the ‘teenage wasteland’ where the two key activities included driving endlessly and partying nihilistically.  Continue reading “Jordan Peterson: Choose friends who “punish you carefully””

Canada’s state broadcaster publishes column trying to shame parents with “too many kids”

Today, CBC News (Canada’s state broadcaster that receives 1 billion dollars of taxpayer funding annually) published Kristen Pyszczyk’s opinion piece with the headline, “It shouldn’t be taboo to criticize parents for having too many kids.”

First of all, as Mother Teresa once asked, “How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers.” Continue reading “Canada’s state broadcaster publishes column trying to shame parents with “too many kids””