Europe in crisis? Despite everything, its citizens have never had it so good – Natalie Nougayrède


The EU’s achievements are huge. As Brexit begins, don’t forget that hundreds of millions still want to be part of it.

Europe in crisis? Despite everything, its citizens have never had it so good – Natalie Nougayrède


Come on, get grateful!

Here’s something to think about. Are you grateful? As Thanksgiving arrives for Americans (we Canadians have already had this mindful holiday) and black Friday looms, it may be the right time to take a moment and be grateful.

“Is it really the happy people that are grateful? We all know quite a number of people who have everything that it would take to be happy, and they are not happy, because they want something else or they want more of the same.”

“By experiencing, by becoming aware that every moment is a given moment, as we say. It’s a gift. You haven’t earned it. You haven’t brought it about in any way. You have no way of assuring that there will be another moment given to you, and yet, that’s the most valuable thing that can ever be given to us, this moment, with all the opportunity that it contains. If we didn’t have this present moment, we wouldn’t have any opportunity to do anything or experience anything, and this moment is a gift.”

David Steindl-Rast: Want to be happy? Be grateful.

Pete Seeger, US folk singer, dies aged 94


Through the years, Mr. Seeger remained determinedly optimistic. “The key to the future of the world,” he said in 1994, “is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known.”

Nelson Mandela’s Legacy

mandela“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela

Here are two documentaries about Nelson Mandela that talk about his remarkable achievements fighting poverty and violence, including the abolition of apartheid in South Africa and becoming the first black president.

Lenora Crichlow on Mandela’s Legacy 

“Actress Lenora Crichlow sets off to discover the story of how Nelson Mandela brought peace to his country and what he means to people there today. She uncovers a more complex and fascinating picture of Mandela and his country than she ever imagined, discovering a vibrant Rainbow Nation but also learning more about the horrors of apartheid and the extent of poverty and violence. On
her journey she unlocks the secrets of who Mandela really is and why his achievements are so special and so admired.”

Rugby Changes the World!

A short documentary about Nelson Mandela, and his work to unite his country through love of sport.


South Africa’s Nelson Mandela dies in Johannesburg

South African President Nelson Mandela j“The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was one of the world’s most revered statesmen after preaching reconciliation despite being imprisoned for 27 years.”

By Pumza Fihlani at the BBC News, Johannesburg:

“The greatest father there ever was: this is how South Africans will remember the man who brought an end to apartheid and delivered the nation from the brink of civil war.

As he did in life, his passing has brought unity amongst South Africans as black and white speak of their love for him. Many here will be drawing on that same spirit for strength, that “Madiba magic” over the next few days and weeks as the nation left with the great burden of honouring Mr Mandela’s legacy, mourns his passing but also celebrates his life.”

BBC Mandela story