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Wednesday, October 10, 2018
I step off the airplane into the California sunshine and am welcomed by the sweet voice of America s senior citizen diva, Barbra Streisand. She is singing, through someone s car radio, Don t Lie to Me, a new song she has written to protest the Donald Tr
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
There s nothing better than being first. So I was ecstatic on Wednesday, Oct. 17 when I became the very first Canadian to get high as smoking marijuana became legal in Canada.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
The 737-800 I am flying in just broke through 10,000 feet, the height at which the crew turns off the seat belt sign and makes the flight announcements. The bad news. . . says an authoritative and calm voice.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Canada has become a place where people are busy all day, every day, without getting much done. We have slumped into a preference for sitting at tables and debating, rather than lacing up work boots and getting back to building a better place. We are tied
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
He is a splash of brilliance on a gloomy, overcast day. Sunshine yellow body feathers standing out stunningly against deep black wings and forehead.He is a splash of brilliance on a gloomy, overcast day. Sunshine yellow body feathers standing out stunning
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Indeed, it has been a hot and dry summer. My records, based on Environment Canada data, show 20 daytime highs of 30 Celsius or higher and an average daytime high of 26 C.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
There is vigorous debate over the effectiveness of the Pope s recent letter acknowledging the Catholic Church s failure to prevent priests from sexually abusing children.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
During the week of mourning and tributes to U.S. Senator John McCain it was difficult not to make comparisons with the life of another American hero. Correction: North American hero.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Through snowflake-speckled windows I watch stately trees sagging beneath the weight of the early November snowfall. It is a winter picture that denies the existence of wildfires.
Thursday, January 24, 2019
If John Steinbeck was alive today he might consider changing the title of his 1961 Nobel prize-winning novel from The Winter of Our Discontent to The Winter of World Discontent.
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Canada s Food Guide is getting some attention these days because a new version came out this week. That seems to be a big deal for some folks. It has been the same document since 2007. I am not sure what all of the excitement is about. Is an apple differe
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
When you write, you get messages from readers. Some are complimentary. Some are not. I have received a couple that accuse me of being anti-American, anti-Donald Trump. Yes, I am anti-Trump. I can t stomach the man.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
I ve seen their tracks and heard their howls but haven t met any wolves on my back 40 this winter. Not that I really expect to because it is rare to get even a glimpse of one. I did get a glimpse last year. I was walking a trail when I saw it briefly on
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
The New Year opened with so many questions: Will the global economic turmoil become a recession? Will western Canadian oil be given a stable delivery system to world markets where it can be sold for true market value? Will the trend to populace politics
Thursday, December 6, 2018
It has been a week of thoughtful recollection and warm tributes to George H. W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, who died last Friday.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
It was a long time ago, but I was an elevator operator once. That was back in the days when elevators were not push-button automatic and needed a human to guide them from floor to floor with a physical hand control lever.
Thursday, December 20, 2018
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, February 13, 2019
Our hips are a ball and socket joint where the femur (thigh bone) meets the pelvic bone. The beauty of this type of joint is that it moves in all directions. If you want to see just how amazing it is watch a child move around or sit on the floor. It amaz