Waiting Out a Scandal

There is a strategy out there for surviving political scandals that amounts to damage control. It usually comes in a variety of forms, all with one goal in mind: wait out the problem in the hope that it will be… Continue Reading →

Talk About a Snowfall

Over the past month or so lovely Victoria, that Canadian Eden that rarely sees snow, cold weather, or high winds like the rest of the country, has been buffeted by all three in large quantities. This last week, halfway through… Continue Reading →

The Importance of Expanding One’s Interests

Too often we get locked into positions that limit our appreciation for life. We either feel comfortable about the little we know or terribly apprehensive about what we might be missing out on. To guard against being hung up between… Continue Reading →

Outfoxed Once Again

I went into this season’s Super Bowl once again with no dog in the fight. With no Pack to back, I decided to go with the Pats because of my deep respect for Belichick as a successful coach. From my… Continue Reading →

Good Things Come With a Cost

Here are ten recent experiences in my life that prove the point that everything of value comes with a direct cost: A vigorous workout on the basketball court brings aches and pains that need to be addressed to prevent them… Continue Reading →

The Life and Times of Geoffrey Chaucer

Here are ten things I learned about the eminent English poet, Geoffrey Chaucer, from reading Paul Strohm’s “Chaucer’s Tale” that I didn’t get from reading the “Canterbury Tales” years ago: Chaucer lived during a very politically dangerous time in English… Continue Reading →

Another Great Game

This morning I decided to visit my lawn bowling club for a friendly game of short-mat bowls. I knew beforehand that the competition would be tough because the club is home to a couple of Canadian champs, but I needed… Continue Reading →

The Age of Political Post-Truth

About two months after the BC Legislature scandal broke, the public finally gets to see what the criminal allegations might actually be. In a 76 page report written by Daryl Places, the Speaker of the House, I counted over a… Continue Reading →

Making Sense of Brexit

This morning Brits awoke to the new political reality that now prevails across the kingdom: there is no easy path to leaving the European Union by March 29, 2019. For starters, the plan for a soft Brexit, or gradual withdrawal… Continue Reading →

The Whole Argument Turns On a Question

What many of us don’t realize in this modern era of social media is that Donald Trump is more than just a populist gasbag whose crazy talk far exceeds his capacity to produce results. What most people who don’t like… Continue Reading →

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