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Posted on July 1, 2018

In an increasingly globalized world, where we’re increasingly pressured to become more alike – buy the same products, eat the same fast foods, visit the same travel destinations – there’s a lot to be said for living in a country that has its own sense of uniqueness.? On this Canada Day, let’s celebrate some of our county’s oddities. We existed for about a hundred years before we got our own flag in 1965. Over 75% of the world’s maple syrup supplies come from Quebec. We are so proficient at using the word “eh” that it appears as a valid term in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. You can write a letter to Santa Claus in any language and send it to the postal code H0H…

A Woman For All Time

Posted on May 21, 2018

She has this particular day named after her, but so few us know much about Queen Victoria.? Given that this a holiday named after her remarkable identity and reign, that’s just a bit embarrassing. Though she had much to say about the prospects for, and station of, women that would likely infuriate the average feminist of today, her life and accomplishments are virtually unmatched in history.? A woman exercising remarkable power in an age where men primarily dominated every important aspect of life and influence, it’s worthwhile for us to spend a bit of time getting to know her better, this woman whose prominence got most of us the day off. Prior to becoming queen, Victoria faced a difficult upbringing.?After losing her father to…

Lost for Words

Posted on May 17, 2018

Grief can be a fickle thing.? The loss of someone close to us can throw us into periods of personal darkness and pain for months, even years.? Human beings have remarkable capacity of bearing such things. Thanks to modern technology, we are aware that literally dozens of species are going extinct every day and a rate at 1,000 to 10,000 times the natural rate.? Yet other than a little flutter of concern, we carry on as though such a reality doesn’t exist.? That’s one of those ironic things about living in affluence: we are more aware but less concerned of such things than ever.? And unlike those mass extinction events that occur occasionally in history, these current extinction rates are caused by only one…

“And” or “But”

Posted on May 4, 2018

“If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” So wrote Paulo Coelho in his book The Alchemist.? And he’s right – perhaps in this age more than any other, when anger can flash everywhere, even across borders, at the speed of light.? It’s seems like the more we judge others the less we understand life, or history, or most dangerous of all, ourselves.?Somehow, we become smaller, the better angels of our nature receding into the dark distance. Yesterday’s post about Senator John McCain was prompted by just such a circumstance.? The person I spoke to felt confident…

Shakespeare’s Still Cool

Posted on April 18, 2018

We don’t know the exact date of his birth, but England’s most famous writer was born in the month of April in 1564 – 554 years and half a millennium ago.? ?Asked about William Shakespeare, author Virginia Woolf noted, “The very stone one kicks with one’s boot will outlast Shakespeare.”? Maybe yes, maybe no.? In a world full of easily accessed information and endless publications, it would be easy to assume that the great English bard has been transcended by our modern penchant for data. Virginia might have jumped the gun.? If we were to take the time to research our own words, we would discover that William Shakespeare adds punch to our own sayings.? British journalist Bernard Levin took on just such an…

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