December was full of birthday, wedding, seasonal holiday events, and then family congregated in town to share time together.
Toronto, Ontario; Mississauga, Ontario
Bliss Chinese Cuisine: Entrance of bride MY and groom JL in traditional Chinese attire, followed by dancing lions and drummers, halfway through banquet. City hall wedding in the morning, gathering with family and friends in the afternoon to share festivities. Event was put on the calendar only 5 weeks prior, lots of support gained by the circle of friends. (Bliss Chinese Cuisine, Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario) 20221210
Riverdale Farm: The sheep in the paddocks on Residence Road don’t recognize Christmas Day, so the City of Toronto Parks employees treat this as a regular day. With the sun setting, the sheep’s started bleating together, and moving towards the west fence. Attentions may have be drawn to movements over in the horses being moved indoors for the evenings, with an expectation by the sheep for equal privileges. (Riverdale Farm, Winchester Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20221225
Scotiabank Arena: Family arrived into 9 seats, just in time to rise for the singing of O Canada. Boxing Day afternoon game between Toronto Marlies and Belleville Senators. Many more sports fans came with children, later waving to the roaming cameras to get their faces on the big screen. (Scotiabank Arena, Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20221226
With Jennifer and Gary in town, we saw Brownman Ali lead a tribute to Randy Brecker at Lula Lounge, and Tazed and Confused at Second City.
Gary and Jennifer live in small towns, so while they were in Toronto, I scheduled some big city entertainment. In conjunction with the IAJE convention, Nick Brownman Ali led a band in tribute to his former teacher, Randy Brecker at Lula Lounge. The venue was standing-room-only, but we were fortunate to snag a few bar stools until the VIPs showed up 3/4 of the way through the concert.
Jennifer was in Toronto for two days, so she got the express tour.
On her round-the-world ticket, Toronto is on the way from Tokyo back to the U.K., so Jennifer stopped over for a quick visit. August is a busy time in Toronto, so took great advantage of tourist opportunities. Within hours of her arrival, the time lined up with the 10 p.m. free improvisation session at the Second City Theatre.
The next day, the family took the opportunity to have dim sum at Yiu Wah in Chinatown on Dundas near Spadina.
We had an extremely informal dinner at Saigon Palace with Jeanne’s family in town, and then went to Second City for comedy.
This past summer was extremely busy for our family. Adam returned from Beijing just before Diana and I left for Japan. When Diana (via Vancouver) and I (direct from Tokyo) returned home, we managed to link up the extended family with Jeanne and her kids coming in from Houston. Pearl and Arthur’s family also joined us in an extremely informal dinner at Saigon Palace.
We were so informal that we started dinner before Noah arrived, since he was working a shift at the CNE. After Noah and his friend had dinner, we brought out a cake for Adam.
Digging into philosophies underlying the systems sciences, pragmatism seems to have been a strong historical foundation for some research streams. In ongoing discussions, Gary Metcalf and I have been approaching pragmatism from two directions. Gary has been tracking from mid-1800s forward, listening to the audiobook The Metaphysical Club, with a history of figures living through […]
The ties between systems thinking and pragmatism are apparently strong, but the breadth in the philosophy of pragmatism can be confusing. Within the tradition, one of the threads is called nonrelativistic pragmatism, proposed by systems luminaries C. West Churchman with Russell L. Ackoff, descending from the work of philosopher Edgar A. Singer, Jr. A concise […]
A luminary in the systems movement, C. West Churchman, showed some respect for Chinese philosophy, with the I Ching (Yi Jing) in particular. Deborah Hammond was encouraged by West Churchman into joining and becoming a historian of the systems movement. In her 2003 book, Hammond wrote of her conversations with Churchman, back into his days […]
The 1969 publication of Systems Thinking: Selected Readings, edited by Fred E. Emery as a Penguin Modern Management paperback, can be regarded as a milestone. The articles date from the 1940s to the 1960s, when the first wave of systems thinking was on the rise. For the June session of Systems Thinking Ontario, we stepped […]
Within the Systems Thinking Ontario community, we were fortunate to have Nenad Rava step up to explain how the Sustainable Development Goals came to be, and relate them to systems change. This May session of Systems Thinking Ontario was a quick follow-on for the March edition on Ecological Limits to Development: Living with the SDGs. […]
The book Ecological Limits to Development: Living with the Sustainable Development Goals, published in 2002 by Routledge, was released as open access in 2023 by Taylor-Francis for readers who don’t have access to a university library. For the March edition of Systems Thinking Ontario, we were honoured to celebrate the release with editor-coauthors Kaitlin Kish […]
Following the first day lecture on Philosophy of Chinese Medicine 1 for the Global University for Sustainability, Keekok Lee continued on a second day on some topics: * Anatomy as structure; physiology as function (and process); * Process ontology, and thing ontology; * Qi ju as qi-in-concentrating mode, and qi san as qi-in-dissipsating mode; and […]
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The selection of readings in the “Introduction” to Systems Thinking: Selected Readings, volume 2, Penguin (1981), edited by Fred E. Emery, reflects a turn from 1969 when a general systems theory was more fully entertained, towards an urgency towards changes in the world that were present in 1981. Systems thinking was again emphasized in contrast […]
In reviewing the original introduction for Systems Thinking: Selected Readings in the 1969 Penguin paperback, there’s a few threads that I only recognize, many years later. The tables of contents (disambiguating various editions) were previously listed as 1969, 1981 Emery, System Thinking: Selected Readings. — begin paste — Introduction In the selection of papers for this […]
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