Suppose they create an artificial holiday. Do I have to participate? Today is Valentine’s Day, and I admit I struggle with the observance of it. It seems so artificial somehow, one day out of 365 in the year set aside to celebrate love. Shouldn’t we be celebrating love every day? I’m not sure how historically […]
You were expecting something black and white? No, this isn’t a giant panda, which is what most people think of when they hear “panda.”This is a red panda, enjoying himself at the Toronto Zoo. I had never heard of red pandas until my first visit to that zoo more than 20 years ago. They quickly […]
I first posted this a couple of years ago. Well, technically, I first published it in 1991 – but there wasn’t much Internet back then. I don’t know of the word “blog” had even been invented then. (I know, now that I have said hat someone will look it up and let me know.) What […]
I may have mentioned from time to time that I am not a fan of either of my daughter’s cats, particularly this one. She’s a needy animal, more dog than cat and always in the way as she begs for affection. I was pleased therefore that she decided to package herself for disposal. The box […]
…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.
When I was seventeen I was offered the opportunity to become a millionaire. I turned it down. I have no regrets. It was 1973 and I was working at the time for the local McDonald’s, making the princely sum of $1.12 an hour. Summer was ending and I had decided not to return to school, […]
Monday I had intended to post something about being thankful, then I got sidetracked by the presidential debate and the baseball game. In some ways though it is more appropriate for today – the first anniversary of my wife’s heart surgery. Monday was Thanksgiving Day today in Canada. It is a celebration of the harvest, […]