Monthly Archives: June 2011

NHL Free Agency? Ho-hum

It’s hockey’s off-season, but you wouldn’t know it from all the chatter on the sports pages about the pending July 1 st free agent deadline. For you sports neophytes, that’s the day that unsigned players in a special category get … Continue reading

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Economy of Expression – Pt. 2

It recently occurred to me that Conrad Black and Robert Fulford have something in common with Charlie Parker and Paul Desmond, respectively; namely, virtually polar opposite approaches to conserving energy when it comes to saying their piece. Black is all bluster … Continue reading

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‘Posties’

Canadian postal workers are likely not the dumbest people you’ll ever meet – they know (knew?) enough to get on the gravy train when it was leaving the station – but they’re far from the smartest. They’re apparently working feverishly … Continue reading

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The Lawn Wars

I was out walking my dog today after dinner. In a neighbourhood where it’s common not to see a soul out and about at that time, there were, not one or two, but five lawnmowers operating on our usual loop; … Continue reading

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A Tale of “My” Tailor

I’m 58 years old. Until just recently, I’d never owned a true made-to-measure suit, and thought I never would. Then, an ad in the Globe and Mail caught my eye. In a nutshell, it was an offer for two custom-fitted … Continue reading

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Cruisin’ Gaza

Another flotilla of of blockade busters is on its way to Gaza. Of course, the trip has been announced with great fanfare, given its symbolism and gravitas. We’ll be drawn to stay tuned as the highlights of this trip play out. … Continue reading

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The Landlocked Man

It’s a novel by Alfred Coppel, published in 1972. I was in my early 20’s when I picked it up from a used book store. Last summer, I came across my musty copy amongst the bric-a-brac around the cottage and sat … Continue reading

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Asynchronous Communication

It’s a weird term I heard used quite a while ago, (then) referring to the email medium; a  high-sounding differentiator from “real time” devices like the telephone. Sherry Turkle’s book, Alone Together (Why We Expect More From Technology and Less … Continue reading

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Utility That Keeps on Giving

About a dozen years ago, while out walking my dog, I rounded a corner and came upon an older gentleman taping a ‘for sale’ sign on a like-new looking utility trailer. I asked him how much he was asking for … Continue reading

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Little Books

You’re heard the saying, “Inside every thick book is a thin one vying to get out”. Well, there’s yet a further refinement of the ‘more is less’ ethos – the little book with a lesser-still reason for being; something that … Continue reading

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