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About macconlon

Artist, activist, community organizer now working as a Community Minister for the Davenport Perth Community Ministry of the Shining Waters Region of the United Church of Canada.

Lola Tia Maria


She came at summer’s end and needed a place to stay for a few days. She stayed  for almost  a year.  And in my heart, forever. She was quiet, mostly kept to herself, made sure to be helpful with household … Continue reading

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Pinch Pots on a Saturday afternoon at Pelham


The security guard had a lot of questions so I invited him to put on an apron and jump in the clay.  As it turned out, he is a professional potter! He was used to doing production, and has used up … Continue reading

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Peace talks should address root causes of forced migration, “bankrupt” labor export – Migrante


Migrante International, global alliance of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families,  fully supports the resumption of the formal peace negotiations between the Government of the Philipp… Source: Peace talks should address root causes of forced migration, “bankrupt” labor export … Continue reading

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Signs, placards and messages


On my way to work this morning, I saw what I thought was a picket line, a demonstration  with people holding up  signs with messages on placards. I approached and asked questions.  As it turned out, it was an appropriation … Continue reading

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TIFF.net | The Pearl Button


http://tiff.net/festivals/festival15/masters/the-pearl-button Day 9 at TIFF and this is the one that brought me to tears. The most beautiful, poignant and powerful documentary.  Hope to see it again and share with others.

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TIFF Day One: Land of Mine


Land of Mine (2015, Denmark) directed and written by Martin Zandvliet  is about a young group of German POWs who were conscripted to dig up land mines with their bare hands. The film demonstrated how dangerous land mines are.  The … Continue reading

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“The Ordering of Moses” an extension of “Recovered Voices”


On Friday, 9 May 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Carnegie Hall, James Conlon conducted the May Festival Chorus and Cincinnati Symphony in the fourth and final instalment of the Spring for Music festival. Keeping with the festival’s concept of presenting … Continue reading

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Sanaaq and my thoughts on the TRC


Sanaaq and my thoughts on the TRC.

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Sanaaq and my thoughts on the TRC


I just recently read Sanaaq. If I were to transliterate this into Baybayin, that is, my first language’s way of writing syllabics, this is what it would look like. Sanaaq is an Inuit novel by Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk. From the flyleaf, “Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk … Continue reading

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New Year Wishes


Looking forward to a year that all 3-year-olds around the world can look forward to. [image is detail of “Fruit Bowl,” an unfinished painting by Ma.C.Conlon]

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