Monthly Archives: March 2010

Easy Caring; Easy Giving

Facebook has opened my eyes to something about charity, giving and caring. It seems obvious now but many things do…. in retrospect. ┬áThere’s a new model in place for these things, and it’s easy as can be – just a … Continue reading

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I Saw (no) Light

I was once a personal injury lawyer. Like most things, it had its moments. Unfortunately, it had relatively few of them. There was certainly the quiet satisfaction of handing a cheque for a substantial amount to a person who’d suffered … Continue reading

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Precautionary speech

Ann Coulter received a (polite ) reminder to watch her p’s and q’s in advance of a speaking tour of several Canadian universities recently. The notorious loudmouth/pundit was encouraged to “weigh” her words “with respect and civility in mind”. But … Continue reading

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“What’s Happening?”

We’ve all heard this salutation in our daily exchanges. It almost never fails to fill me with an uncomfortable apprehension. Yeah, I know it’s small talk, but it puts me on the horns of a dilemma I really haven’t learned … Continue reading

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“It is what it is”

Everyone’s heard it. On the surface of it, it’s kind of an “oh, well” throwaway statement, perhaps just intended to fill some uncomfortable dead air at a moment of loss for anything more profound. I suppose it’s a useful verbal … Continue reading

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New Year in Havana

A judge I once knew told me of an experience from his youth. It’s always stayed with me as a moment that feels like time stopped. During the Batista era, his family went to Havana one year for the holidays. … Continue reading

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“So, I’m Not Perfect”

Sometimes, there’s a point in a discussion – perhaps not a totally agreeable one – where the other party utters those words. It’s usually a┬átricky thing to deal with. On the surface of it, it’s a recognition of human fallibility; … Continue reading

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The Momentary Prince

Ever felt the glow of living a fairy tale? I did – once. Briefly. It was in my second year of law school. I was invited to a get-together at the family home of one of my classmates. Turned out … Continue reading

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Crime and Punishment – NHL style

The pace of reform on the so-called “head hit” has been glacial, to say the least. No matter what the poo-bahs at NHL Central say, it’s easy to see why. Rewind a bit: Remember when Scott Stevens took out Eric … Continue reading

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The Power of (Counter)-intuition

I was skiing this afternoon. As I was riding the chairlift, looking at people twisting underneath, I got to thinking about the “rules” of skiing and how they really don’t make any sense. For example, many (ineffective) skiers try to … Continue reading

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