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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 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.
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.
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 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.
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, 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.
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
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, 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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