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Let it Go

I am presently reading Peter Walsh’s book on how to downsize in an increasingly cluttered world as the older generation leaves more and more junk behind as part of an enduring but painful legacy. While I am onside with getting… Continue Reading →

The Political Propaganda of the Right

Though I see myself as a veritable rightwinger who espouses the individual right to pursue life, liberty and happiness based on hard work and less government, I am not blind to how this ideology can be dangerously misused by politicians… Continue Reading →

Status Quo Wins Out

I have decided to walk away from the BC Liberals simply because the majority of its membership, in a leadership vote last night, has decided to back a candidate that basically represents the old guard. Andrew Wilkenson, as the new… Continue Reading →

A Party at the Crossroads

I  make no bones about belonging to the BC Liberal Party. I have for years been a member only because it is a political organization that best represents what I stand for in regards to economic, social, and political values…. Continue Reading →

Crazy Week in Review

This past week has been a time of incredible zaniness to say the least: extreme weather, strange e-mails, odd encounters, and unique circumstances to say the least. If it wasn’t driving the Malahat without winter tires, then it was receiving… Continue Reading →

Revisiting a War

Ken Burns and Geoffrey Ward have written a visually compelling companion, coffee table book to the PBS series, “The Vietnam War”. For the past week I have been pouring over its written and pictorial account of that bloody conflict between… Continue Reading →

Goebbels: A Biography

I enjoyed reading this in-depth book on the tumultuous life of one of Hitler’s more shadowy and largely misunderstood henchmen. While prominent and influential in Nazidom, Goebbels makes for a better study as a misguided and fanatical devotee than the… Continue Reading →

The Shelf Life of Zany Politics

Donald Trump has always been a master of fabricating and then staging his own persona. The record shows that his projected message, in the vein of an extreme narcissist, has always been self-promotion and self-adulation, as seen through the greatly… Continue Reading →

Last Day, Last Hoorah!

Two thousand seventeen has been a  momentous year all round when it comes to Ian Malcomson. There wasn’t much that did happen that will soon be forgotten, both as character building and cause for celebration. Month-by-month, something new, unexpected, or… Continue Reading →

A Visit to the Lower Mainland

At least twice a year Belle and I jump in the car and travel across to Vancouver to visit our extended family. We are quite accustomed to the drive, knowing the route almost by heart, right down to the last… Continue Reading →

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