What’s happened to reasonable debate?

These days I find it difficult to read some of the comments offered on Facebook or Twitter. But like a moth drawn to a flame, I sometimes can’t stop myself. When I do, I usually come away upset and shaking my head in disbelief at the name-calling and gutter-sniping that seems to be a regular … Continue reading What’s happened to reasonable debate?


Canada-land of diversity and strength

There is much to celebrate when it comes to Canada’s 150th birthday as a nation. Travel this great land and you soon come to realize that one of the most significant aspects of our country is its rich and diversified geography. It is remarkable that a land so divided by its varied terrain has remained … Continue reading Canada-land of diversity and strength

You never know where you’ll end up

  June has always been one of those bittersweet months for me. As a former educator, I looked forward to my summer break, but as a high school teacher I was sad to say good-bye to another class of grade 12 students. The school where I taught was a small rural facility. That meant that … Continue reading You never know where you’ll end up

In some remote corner…

We just bought a new television after finally getting rid of the monstrosity that has dominated one entire corner of our living room for the past two decades (the thing just wouldn’t quit). Now we have an awesome, flat-screen, 60” device that takes up far less space, promises all kinds of up-to-date features, and doesn’t … Continue reading In some remote corner…

The Mystery of the Scraggly Beard

We have been watching the Stanley Cup playoffs these past couple of weeks and one of the ritual for players is the playoff beard. It’s understandable that athletes don’t want to change anything that seems to be working in their favour and one of those practices is allowing one’s facial hair to be left untouched … Continue reading The Mystery of the Scraggly Beard

There’s No Place Like Home

Recently my husband and I returned from a 15 day cruise on the Danube and Rhine rivers. It was a wonderful, highly-anticipated trip that was filled with many wonderful sights and experiences. Travelling to new places has always been a highlight for me and I jump at the opportunity to do so, any chance I … Continue reading There’s No Place Like Home

Lost in Translation

I have always been a big proponent of the value of learning a second, third or even fourth language. The ability to speak several tongues can serve one well, particularly when travelling in foreign lands or working with people whose first language is not English. But I have also found that sometimes knowing only a … Continue reading Lost in Translation