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Separation of Church and State?

Talk about a thorny and potentially divisive issue that is now being addressed in the US Congress tax reform package.The framers of this massive omnibus bill, besides proposing a major overhaul of the tax system, have included a clause that… Continue Reading →

Streets without Names

Welcome to the maddening world of trying to get around a North African city like Tangiers. Belle and I took a self-directed tour of the ancient city the other day, and came away both enlightened and flabbergasted as to how… Continue Reading →

Departure of a Boyhood Friend

They often say that the good guys get to leave first when it comes to dying. In that case, don’t overstay your time here if you can help it. Just the other day I received news that Kate, an old… Continue Reading →

Living an Insecure Life

This past week has been yet another time in my life when I learned how really insecure I am meant to be, even with all the safety nets I try to arrange to avoid falling prey to misadventure. I am… Continue Reading →

When Empathy Fails

Over the past few years I have ┬ámade every effort to relate to the needs of others in the hope of becoming a more balanced individual: This big idea amounts to expecting less out life for myself while pouring more… Continue Reading →

Entering a New Era

The past six months have alerted me to a number of critical phenomena that are emerging in society. As our parents’ generation of war-timers seem to be passing away before our very eyes, the culture of yesterday seems to be… Continue Reading →

An Island of Forgetfulness

There are some places one goes to temporarily forget the pressures of the present in order to enjoy the pleasures of the past. Deep sleep might be one of those ‘lotus-eater’ spaces where forgetfulness might be the tonic the doctor… Continue Reading →

End of Life is Never Easy

This past couple of months have been very instructive for me when it comes to dealing with death once again. Like most Canadians, I am not immune from the fact that death or that transitory moment between this life and… Continue Reading →

A Moral Dilemma on the Job

In the short time I have been working as a grocery clerk, I have had my fair share of unusual circumstances: insufficient funds, weird purchases, strange confessions, and unexpected reunions, though nothing measures up to the one I am about… Continue Reading →

Death in the Family

This morning, at 1:30 AM, my mother passed away at the age of eighty-seven. Hers was a lingering death, what with declining health and growing discomfort. When I received the phone call from a family member, asking me to attend… Continue Reading →

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