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Book review: Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them

Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. ThemDeep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them by Shakil Choudhury
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Everyone, and I mean everyone, needs to read this book. Assuming everyone wants to live a life full of rewarding and healthy relationships with everyone they meet.  The author makes a convincing case for changing ourselves to spark systemic change. He shows how searching our own attitudes and assumptions helps us see systemic biases. Biases that disadvantage ourselves and others. He provides specific exercises and action each of us can take to do two things. He believes we can overcome our innate negative bias. He believes we can teach ourselves to welcome the differences in others. The differences that enrich us and our communities.

One of the most striking points Choudhury makes is the following:

” In the Deep Diversity framework, personal power and the potential for change it represents can serve as a catalyst for system-wide change. There is always a dialogue, a creative tension, between recognizing the influence of institutions on the individual and of the individual on the system. The trick is holding this tension and not getting caught in the either/or polarity. This is the balance point, both emotionally and intellectually.”

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Vietnamese Beef Pho and Asian Food at Home

Vietnamese beef pho made at homeNow that the chilly winds have started to blow I’m thinking more and more about making hot and hearty soup. Soup, for me, is the original comfort food. Put a steaming bowl and a spoon in front of me, and suddenly the world is a brighter place. You, of course, have your own comfort food. You may get that warm homey feeling when you dig into a creamy mac and cheese or aromatic lamb stew, a deep-dish apple pie or luscious tiramisu. For me, it’s soup.

Delightful surprise

So when my daughter introduced me to Vietnamese beef pho

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Favourite Fiction – What’s Yours?

The vortex of the blend comes ‘round again to the topic of books.

Favourite fiction book cover: 100 Years of Solitude

photo by Harper Collins

Out of millions of books on the planet, thousands in the public library, hundreds people have recommended and mere dozens that I’ve read, here are some of my favourite fiction books so far.

One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
A fabulous tale steeped in magic realism.

Maybe it was the particular translation, but this book seemed to me to be poetry disguised as a novel. The characters, events and settings could almost be real but, like North American “tall tales”, they are too much larger than life to be in this world. A book I will go back to again and again.

Pattern Recognition (or almost anything by), William Gibson
A coming of age story in brutal realism.

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