SEARCH: Mansplaining 101

Mansplaining 101

by Tim Reynolds

ShhhHello. I’m a man with nearly six decades of life experience, honored and proud to have been invited by SEARCH Magazine to contribute on how to empower women.

(You weren’t invited. We don’t need a lecture on empowering women.)

I’m not? You don’t?

(That would be mansplaining.)

What the heck is mansplaining? It sounds extremely derogatory. I’m pretty sure most women would find the term as offensive as I.

(You’re mansplaining about mansplaining.)

You’re telling me a man can’t explain to women what women think? If I don’t, how will they know what they think?

(We are perfectly capable of thinking for ourselves, even about ourselves and how we think.)

Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Spring 2020 issue.

SEARCH: I’m Prepared for Anything… Almost

I’m Prepared for Anything…Almost

by Tim Reynolds

SuperPreparedWhen I was a teacher, my classroom was on the second floor of a solid, old limestone school facing west. The two of us, whose classrooms had the best views, were responsible for watching for funnel clouds where the tornadoes came from.

If we sounded out the tornado alarm, the entire school population would march to the basement in a semi-orderly fashion with limited screams and tears and hunker down in the corridor, our heads between our knees or something like that.

We were trained. We were ready until, during a parent/teacher interview, we got hit by an earthquake. It was just a little rumble that made the light fixtures swing back and forth for a minute, but we were not prepared.

Since that day, I have been prepared. I was once an elite Boy Scout, a Chief Scout, which is Canada’s highest honor for Scouts, about the same as an Eagle Scout in the USA. I know how to be prepared.

I have nine computers, prepared for when I fall into a time vortex and wake up in the 1990s needing…

Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Winter 2019 issue.