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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, October 15, 2019
The acorns are the first alarm. Night breezes rustle the oaks, shaking their capped nuts from their branches. I hear them hitting the steel roof above my bedroom. My slippers crack and crunch them when I step onto the deck to check the morning weather.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
The voting is done, but we still don t have the government, the prime minister or the opposition leaders that we need. That s not a politically partisan statement. It s simply a fact.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Reflections during a dismal post-election, pre-Halloween week: Presumably, and hopefully, blackface will not be part of Halloween costuming this year.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
There is no better place to sit and think than on one of the rocky outcrops offering entrancing views of the magnificent Haliburton landscape.
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
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, 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.
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 11, 2019
The stages of competence define how we learn. Four very distinct stages have been identified. Here s the breakdown:
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Movies set in times past sometimes reflect times present. I was thinking about that while re-watching the Hollywood classic Chinatown, starring Faye Dunaway and Jack Nicholson.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
November is the saddest month. The second last month of the year carries a realization of growing old, reaching an end. Everything is dying or about to die and the crying starts, in the form of the November rains.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
My first glimpse of the bird has my mouth watering. It looks plump and juicy and I imagine it sitting in a roast pan, plucked and sprinkled with rosemary needles and a touch of garlic powder. A closer look tells me its plumpness is merely feathers puffed
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
The new decade dawned with many of us hoping for change. Or, perhaps, for the way things used to be.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
As if we didn t have enough worries about the environment, here s a new one: wild pigs.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
I recently had the opportunity to try jackfruit. It is the chicken alternative in a butter chicken dish. I haven t eaten chicken (or any other meat) for years. It sure tasted good to me. Like tofu, jackfruit tends to take on the taste of what it s seasone
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Amazing news! The Blackhawk is alive and skating. No, not Blackhawk as in the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. They appear to be dead for this season, drifting between fourth and fifth place in the league s western division. I m talking
Friday, December 20, 2019
Many Christmas Eves have passed since the one years ago when I heard the voice of an angel. It was a voice I can never forget; a voice that gave me the best Christmas present ever.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
There s news this week that an electric eel named Wattson is being used to help light up a Christmas tree at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
When I was in Grade 7 my mother insisted that I took typing as one of my classes. It was definitely not in my top three choices. Neither was Latin but I took that too. I am so grateful that I learned how to type (no comment on the Latin). Like riding a bi
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
A whopping majority of we Canadians believe that climate change is real, despite the fact that we are not well educated about the topic.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Three brittle jeers break the blessed stillness of the woods. I am found out. I was enjoying the stillness, feeling totally alone and unnoticed. Observing, presumably without being observed. Now I am the centre of attention. It is a blue jay, of course
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
The best position in hockey surely is the centre. The centre player not only needs to be a fast skater, but a fast thinker capable of quickly grasping and assimilating the thinking of both left and right wingers. Hockey centres often are team leaders. A
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
The first week of February is a time of reflection for me. A time to remember a shocking yet inspiring tragedy that occurred on the North Atlantic a lifetime ago. The U.S. army troop ship Dorchester was steaming south of Greenland, carrying 900 soldiers
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