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More Thoughts on the Queen (and King)

I must admit to not watching the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. It isn’t that I wasn’t interested. A state funeral says a lot about the nation and the individual, and the British know how to do it right. I thought though that watching it would be depressing. I think I was right. […]

The Train

Homesickness is a weird emotion that can strike at the most unlikely times in the most unlikely places. I shouldn’t get it in Canada, should I? As I took public transit downtown Wednesday morning, I had a flash of homesickness as the train pulled into the station. There’s a warning announced in English and French telling […]

The Big Ask

The phone rang and the question was: “Could you answer a couple of questions on provincial government policy?” I agreed. It wasn’t a pollster calling, but a fundraiser from Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party. Once he’d asked his two policy questions, he wanted more. Specifically a donation. To keep the governing party going in the right […]

So Many Questions

Mixed feelings best describes my reaction to Lifemark, which hits theatres today. (In Canada  It can be seen in select Cineplex & Landmark Theatres. In the US it will be shown on about 1,400 screens, though in Canada you might have to look to find it.), I suspect that might be because of the difference […]

Hard To Accept

I feel as if the world has lost its moorings and is now drifting with the tide. Elizabeth II is dead. We knew the day was coming. She was 96, and had been Queen for an unprecedented 70 years. It was only a matter of time Yet somehow she seemed immortal. The only Queen of Canada […]

I Didn’t Believe It…

… so I looked it up. Turns out you can believe some things you read on the internet. I do occasionally put forth arguments here on various issues. I have no illusions though that anyone is convinced by what I say – no matter how right I am.

First Day of School

I jumped the gun with Saturday’s post, but where I live today is really the first day of school – at all levels. Given that, I thought some back-to-school humor was in order.

The Crucifix

It’s Sunday, and I am away on a retreat. This post from October 2014 seemed appropriate for the day. My wife’s aunt is a retired schoolteacher. She makes certain that any visit we make to her in Lippstadt, Germany, has an educational component. There are no options, we will learn something. Or else. Since we […]

Getting A Jump On Tuesday

School starts again Tuesday after summer break, at least in most places in Canada. There are a few schools that have already had students return. Even though it is Saturday, I thought a few back-to-school chuckles might be in order. I thought these were mildly amusing. Did you?

Time Flies…

My calendar tells me today is the first of September, which means 2022 is two-thirds over. September though always feels like a new year. That may be a hangover from student days, when school would start up about now after a summer break. Most people eventually end that pattern, graduating and start careers that don’t […]