My parents are visiting Malawi right now. Like my in-laws, who visited earlier this year, they consume a good amount of news. I remember sitting downstairs watching the National and the Journal with them 30 years ago (Knowlton Nash – come on it is right in the name KNOWlton; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knowlton_Nash and Barbara Frum; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Frum). All four of them regularly read papers and are very up to date on all that is going on. Hot topic these days is Trump’s bullying of Canada on NAFTA.
Since moving out of the States in 2011 I’ve shied away from news. My blood pressure seems to go up. With Trump’s election I wasn’t sure I could stay healthy and submit to his lies by daily reading the news. I still wanted to engage with the world so I do it through longer reads now. These are the kinds of pieces that take a long time to research, write, and read. The time is important because it lets things distill.
Anyways, to help get the blog up and running again, I’ll be posting a Longer Read rec every week. Take it or leave it but I think these are interesting reads that might take 10 to 15 minutes.
The first one is about governance in Africa and why the “strong man” continues to dominate. It is by a Kenyan intellectual named David Ndii.
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Looking forward to more news especially from the home front. We hear enough of Trump which gives us indigestion and Zantacs have no effect! I hope your parents are well and enjoying the Malawi experience and spending time with the children who will be excited to show them everything. Are they ready for back to school? We have just been to Rocky Mountain House where it was not as smoky and we did get rain…so desperately needed…. It is quite depressing to see the downturn of that rural economy with the oil slump. 300 homes for sale in a town of 7000 people and not much better in Sylvan Lake with 14,000 population there. Next I am off to Ottawa to celebrate birthdays with Jennifer and the twins…haven’t seen them since May so know how your Mum feels after a year away from you all. Take good care of yourself. Lots of hugs and goodnight prayers…..Joyce & Ron……
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