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 →

Arnaldur Indridason’s “The Shadow Killer” – Reykjavik during the War

I like Indridason’s latest crime series for what it says about Iceland during the Second World War. Until now his stories, involving the exciting exploits of Inspectors Erlunder and Sigurdur, cover a modern country as it grapples with bigtime crime,… Continue Reading →

Life in Community-Part 1

It is surprising that many who live in community do not clearly understand the guidelines that govern its daily operations. For instance, if it is a condo strata, the rules or by-laws are formed, in conformity with existing state legislation,… Continue Reading →

The Little Things in Life

This past couple of days has driven home for me the need to pay more attention to the small details in my very complex life. One, I should never conclude what I haven’t thoroughly checked out first, and, two, those… Continue Reading →

“The Real Lolita”

For many years I have come to regard Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita” as a classic masterpiece that captures the crazy hidden pleasures of illicit love. The story covers the experiences of a middle-aged man who seduces a young girl into coming… Continue Reading →

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