Category Society

The Traffic Department

Yesterday’s post about my daughter’s cat reminded me of a time when the cat was actually good for something. I had a lot of fun during the phone call described here, and just as much fun yesterday when I re-read this post from March 16, 2016. I thought it was worth sharing again. “Mr. Anderson, […]

Relics of Another Age

Vienna is full of history. A weekend there wasn’t enough to even scratch the surface. Not surprising really. I don’t recall ever having taken a  European history course, certainly not since high school. And if I did not much of the Austrian section stuck with me. I learned a lot in three days, and want […]

That Time Again

With November ending, Advent and Christmas markets are in full swing throughout Europe. I guess it is the European version of Christmas shopping frenzy. Last year was the first time I had experienced this sort of thing, and I may have overdone it. I took in seven or eight markets – eventually realizing there’s not […]

More of a Gray Friday

America is renowned for its cultural exports, whether they be Hollywood films, rock and roll or noir detwective novels. If it is popular in the US, it seems inevitable that it will reach the rest of the  world, sooner or later. That goes for the bad as well as the good. Like Black Friday. The […]

A Simpler Time?

I remember the late 1960s and early 1970s almost as if they were yesterday. Those were my teen years. Life was good and exiting things were happening in something called the Jesus Movement. California, the epicentre of the movement, was a long way from Montreal and Ottawa, the places I spent those years. But we […]

Lonely People

As an introvert, I try my best not to overload on people contact. I need space and solitude. I’ve come to the realization that is one of the reasons why learning German is difficult for me. It is not just that the language is hard, but I was also thrown into a classroom with a […]

Classy Move

Last night (my time) I was watching a Canadian Football League playoff game between the Hamilton Tiger Cats and British Columbia Lions. No matter the outcome, some feline was going to win. It was a 1 p.m. start in Hamilton, which made it 10 a.m. for fans watching in British Columbia. It was Remembrance Day, […]