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99 years of Wisdom in 99 seconds

 “Show respect to all people, but grovel to none.” A quote from the times when I still walked the earth. Recent events have left me dizzy – not from the fast-paced changes we are going through, but from constantly rolling in my grave. In this year of the confederation of Canada, I am now 54 years dead. If I still lived, I would be 99 years old – older than.. Read More

Pan-Aboriginal Confederation, anyone?

As the years have passed, I have seen the aboriginal condition only worsen. We do not have the rights that the white men enjoy, nor the power to bargain for any sort of deal. The treaties continue to sell our land, without regard for the people and where they will hunt and live. The white people invade our land even where there are no treaties, and force us out of.. Read More

Shots fired….Tecumseh’s dying thoughts

It is a chill morning. Fall has its grip upon the land, and turns the trees the colours of the carrots and corn ready for the last harvest. But I have never been a farmer. My trade is the spear, soft footsteps, and sudden war cries. My brother would have told me, the duty of the warrior is to protect his people; but as of late, my people are scattered and.. Read More

Annotated Biblography

http://womenshistory.about.com/od/aframerwriters/p/angela_davis.htm This was my starting point for Angela Davis. It’s rather short, but it covers most of the events Angela Davis was well known for, such as her imprisonment. It also covers the basic facts of age, occupation, etc. The most useful part of this website, however, can be found in the bottom of the article, under Angela Davis – Elsewhere on the Web. Here, I found two links to.. Read More

Night of the Notables Reflection

The Night of the Notables began the moment I walked through Gleneagle’s front entry way at 8:15 am, laden with learning center supplies. My learning center was much more simple than last year, but also more effective. Here’s a couple of pictures, courtesy of the TALONS flickr. As for memories…well, there will certainly be a lot of them. Starting at lunch, there were some unforgettable moments. I will never be.. Read More

Inter-grade Interviews

This year’s interviews were definitely a different experience than last year. This year, I felt a bit unprepared for this whole “Grade Ten” eminent experience. I decided it would be best to talk to an alumni who had been through this to point me in the right direction. Luckily, the spectacular Sam Robinson was able to help me out. Her advice proved to be priceless and saved me a lot.. Read More

Final Speech Draft (Document of Learning)

So, as many of the tens know by now, the speech you present is constantly shifting and evolving up until the moment you finally present it onstage. After three days of memorization, and slight changes, and adding parts because “it felt right”, I ended up presenting a slightly different version of my last Eminent Person speech in TALONS onstage last night. Okay. Close your eyes and imagine you’re sitting in.. Read More

The French Resolution

Fall 1793 It appears that these tumultuous times are drawing to a close – at least for now. Louis-Auguste has been executed, and rumours are circulating that Marie-Antoinette has been doing some horrible deeds: it is almost certain she will be executed. This effectively puts an end to the near-absolute power held by the nobles, royals and clergy. It is up to the Jacobins now to channel the general will into.. Read More

The French Get Feisty

November 1792 Fast forward from the last post – I have lived, died and have miraculously been able to watch over the events now happening in France. I was expecting the afterlife – heaven, the crème de la crème, right? Mais non! I’ve thought and thought for most of my life, so I am to stick around and think some more while watching these events. And the French, they have not been.. Read More

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