Monthly Archives: November 2016

What is Donald Trump?

I have a friend who regularly posts cartoons from The New Yorker on her Facebook page. I’m very appreciative of that since I would never remember to go looking for them on my own. Yesterday, when I laughed at the Jeopardy influenced cartoon that so obviously referenced the social and political climate in the United […]


I rarely make it to the theatre to see the hot new movies, life seems to always get in the way. I read the reviews, say “I think I’d like to see that picture,” then watch it on Netflix a year later. So going to see Allied last Friday on its opening weekend was unusual. […]

Monday Morning Question

About 25 years ago, when I first acquired the email account I still use today, I was very diligent at clearing out my inbox. I never had any unread messages and never more than 200 emails in total. Back then email space was at a premium, no matter whether you used a free service or […]

Kicking Off Grey Cup 2016

The Grey Cup game is being held this evening in Toronto, the annual championship of the Canadian Football League (CFL). ‎I had thought about going, but decided to opt for the pleasures of watching on television instead. Being at a national championship in any sport is special, and I was very tempted to make the […]

First Sunday of Advent…

…and nothing has really changed from last year. My daughter’s cat, who usually behaves like a dog (all the worst dog features imaginable), for some reason spends Advent thinking she is a Christmas tree ornament. I’m sure I’ll get some much better shots of her in the tree before Christmas Day arrives.  

Family Advent Celebrations

Originally posted on Paul Anderson:
Tomorrow is the first day of Advent. For the uninitiated, Advent is celebrated in Western churches to mark the coming of Christ, and it begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. In churches I have attended, the first Sunday of Advent involved lighting the advent wreath (which has four candles…

Black Friday Wins

Resistance is futile. We have been assimilated. No, it is not Star Trek‘s Borg that have conquered, it is American culture. Although culture is probably too high-brow a word to describe Black Friday. It is a peculiarly American festival, an orgy of consumerism that falls the day after American Thanksgiving. Call it the Protestant version […]


I will admit that from time to time I have been sucked in by those posts on Facebook or similar social media sites that promise something special if only you will click on the link. “You will never guess what this 80’s star looks like today;” “50 Things you didn’t know about sitcom X;” “This […]

Police Logic

Read in the newspaper yesterday that Ottawa Police have issued 29 per cent fewer tickets this year than in 2015. It’s not that residents are breaking fewer laws and bylaws, but the police are upset. The police union says fewer tickets are being issued because the officers’ feelings were hurt by something the mayor said. […]

Psychological Test

Once upon a time there was a girl. At her mother’s funeral she met a man whom she did not know. She thought he was amazing, her dream guy, and she fell in love with him but never asked for his number and could not find him after the funeral. A few days later the […]