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Teatime at Hull Minster

I am always amazed by serendipity. Two thoughts came together for me today at approximately the same time.  The first was when I was rummaging through my photo archives to find the photos documenting a visit to Wilberforce House Museum in Kingston upon Hull, United Kingdom. The second came to me by way of an […]

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Welcome to 2020!

  “The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.” Jean-Paul Sartre It has been a while since I have updated Clanmother, four years since I wrote about the brave Group of Twenty-Two who launched the SPCA. I looked back at my “about page” to […]

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Christmas 1843 – The Gift That Keeps on Giving

“Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, benevolence, were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!” Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol A great deal of history occurred in the year, 1843.  On January 2nd, Wagner’s opera, “Der […]

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Dr. Livingstone, I Presume?

“I am prepared to go anywhere, provided it be forward.” Dr. David Livingstone Words hold power by generating an emotional response.   For me, the word “resilience” has become one of my favourites; whenever it comes up in my readings and conversations, my thoughts become engaged on positive outcomes.  Defined as the capacity to recover rapidly […]

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Outliers & The Man from Wales

“To train and educate the rising generation will at all times be the first object of society, to which every other will be subordinate”. (The Social System, 1826) From the Foundation Axioms of Owen’s “Society for Promoting National Regeneration” In statistics, an outlier is simply an observation that is situated a significant distance from the […]

Adventures Clanmother Ethics Industrial Revolution The Value of Life Transitions

All the Children

“The smallest child in the factories were scavengers……they go under the machine, while it is going……….it is very dangerous when they first come, but they become used to it.” Charles Aberdeen worked in a Manchester cotton factory, written in 1832. Men of business and creative inventors are lauded for their contribution to the rise of […]