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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, 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 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
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, July 24, 2019
Here s a follow-up-up to last week s column about how angry, autocratic politicians are working to turn voters against journalists.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
It was a close call. Very close.
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 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, 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
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.
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, 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 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, 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, 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.
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
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, 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
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.
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
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