Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin was a solitary child with no interest in things that amused other children. His sole plaything was a fat red crayon with which he drew world maps.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Fifty-seven years ago last week Sept. 27, 1962 Rachel Carson published Silent Spring, the book that really got us thinking about what we are doing to the environment. Silent Spring predicted more future consequences from indiscriminate use of pest
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Relax people. Let s refocus and reset our thinking. We need not allow septic tank politicking for the Oct. 21 federal election to distract us from thinking about the critical issue affecting us all: What is wrong with our world and how can we begin to ch
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
The campaigning has yet to hit full stride, but federal election day is just over a month away with plenty of serious issues to debate. There is one issue that will not see any debate, probably because it does not impact large swaths of voters.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Silence is not always golden. Sometimes it is sorrowful, even hurtful. It was all that when the thunder of newspaper presses at The Hamilton Spectator faded to a whisper, then silence, last Friday.
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Trees, I believe, are smarter than humans. They are more grounded, obviously, but they also have an advanced sense of life, a more mature understanding of what it is all about. Humans see life as individual time frames with beginnings and ends. Trees see
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
H. G. Wells, the English author of The War of the Worlds, once wrote that human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
And so it begins; the second American Civil War. It is not like the first American Civil War (1861-1865) with uniformed armies shooting at each other, but there are frightening similarities. The first civil war started when the political system failed
Thursday, August 8, 2019
I am gratefuL that I have not suffered from plantar fasciitis. I have known many people who have. It sounds painful and debilitating. Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue, known as the plantar fascia, which runs across the bot
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
I m following the lead of Donnie Trump. I m withdrawing from a treaty and building a wall. I have to do it to stop thieving neighbours from stealing my corn. Every year, come late summer, they sneak into my garden at night and strip the cornstalks clean.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
There are times when the best thing anyone can do is to get lost in the woods. I don t mean seriously, dangerously lost. We always should know where we are in the woods, and exactly how to get out of them.
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Reality often is more brutal than fiction. You realize that when reading The Border, the 2019 novel about the Mexican drug cartels and their American enablers.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
One definition of posture is the position in which someone holds his or her body when standing or sitting. Somewhere along the line we ve added the qualification of good or bad when it comes posture. We re all built a little differently so I believe i
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Staring out a window at Sky Harbour Airport in Phoenix, Ariz., I become increasingly edgy. Outside that window, baggage handlers toss dozens of bulky bags onto the conveyor belt crawling up into the belly of the aircraft I am about to board. The stream o
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Molto bene, Italia! Perfettamente! Indeed Italy has done a wonderful thing in disrupting a Steve Bannon extreme right project aimed at converting the world to his white power conservatism.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
No matter the weather, no matter what is happening, June is the best month. It is a time of hope. A time to believe that the world can overcome its problems and become a better place. That s because June is graduation month. Tens of thousands of you
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Black flies and mosquitoes are true nuisances but at least you can see and hear them. A new danger developing in cottage country is one you usually don t see until it is too late. Blacklegged ticks are moving north and bringing Lyme disease. Lyme is an
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Despite its wet, raw coolness, this spring has provided some joyful observation. Blue jays, in their sartorial splendour, gorge greedily on seed we have spread on the ground. There are as many as 18 of them throating seeds almost non-stop, pausing occa
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Putting ourselves first is important yet often we don t. Is it linked to self-worth? Sure, it could be. I believe establishing self-awareness is the first step. How can we be there for someone else if we don t take care of ourselves first? We can t withou
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
An Australian review of 73 scientific studies of insect decline has concluded that the total mass of the world s insects is declining by a shocking 2.5 per cent a year. This rate of decline might lead to extinction of 40 per cent of the world s insects
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Getting the boat ready for spring launch can be stressful. Will the motor start quickly and run smoothly after its winter hibernation? Did you remember to insert and secure the drain plug? Are the trailer lights shining and blinking, as they were when s