Sorry, Ernest, but I just don’t get you

While scrolling through the TV listings last week (I spent almost as much time looking for something to watch as actually watching), I came upon a new Ken Burns documentary on PBS. (Insert nerd joke here.)  I love documentaries, and a Ken Burns doc is an event. Burns is arguably the world’s best, and best… Continue reading Sorry, Ernest, but I just don’t get you

What to keep, and what to trash: an old man’s dilemma

As regular readers (yeah, that’s you … admit it) know, your humble scribe turned 65 in February.  In the course of three score and five years, I have accumulated a fair pile of stuff. As a lifelong newspaper junkie and de facto family archivist (both of my birth family and the family I helped birth),… Continue reading What to keep, and what to trash: an old man’s dilemma

Hey, COVID protesters. Here’s a lesson in tyranny.

It has become an almost weekly event here in Alberta, and in other parts of the Mediocre White North, for a small group of malcontents to gather in protest of COVID-19 restrictions.  They carry crudely-made signs, and listen intently while someone rants into a bullhorn about the injustices inflicted upon the people. Invariably, someone carries… Continue reading Hey, COVID protesters. Here’s a lesson in tyranny.

Ancient Rome: What every Grade 2 kid should know

The Alberta government has introduced a new social studies curriculum for Grades 1-6 that puts an emphasis on ancient and medieval civilizations and the history of religions. Here is a preview of a Grade 2 class in the not-too distant future. “OK, class, settle down, settle down. Today, we are going to continue our studies… Continue reading Ancient Rome: What every Grade 2 kid should know

A logophile’s lament …

After many, many decades as a journalist and writer, I have developed a rare condition: I am a logophile, which is someone who loves words. You’ve likely never encountered the word ‘logophile’ before and, to be honest, neither had I. I just looked it up, and it works perfectly.  As a logophile, I take exception… Continue reading A logophile’s lament …

A cautionary tale about Twitter

Last week, I got a notice from Twitter that I was ‘celebrating’ 12 years on the social media platform. What an accomplishment.  Here are my Twitter stats after 12 years. As of March 2021, I have sent out 3,475 tweets. I am following 50 accounts, one of whom claims to be a graduate of ‘Bovine… Continue reading A cautionary tale about Twitter

Up next for the cancel cops: St. Patrick’s Day (a parody)

With ‘cancel culture’ taking hold across the world, it’s just a matter of time before St. Patrick’s Day comes under attack. By this time next year, we may be reading stories like this…  There is a growing backlash against St. Patrick’s Day, with many organizations advocating for the termination of the day set aside to… Continue reading Up next for the cancel cops: St. Patrick’s Day (a parody)

Happy Coronaversary!

Happy Coronaversary, everyone! Yes, it has been one full year since the Coronavirus – eventually renamed the much catchier COVID-19 – first landed in Alberta. The Edmonton Sun welcomed our new disease overlord with the headline: IT’S HERE! Oh, it’s here, alright. And there. And everywhere. The relentless progress of COVID-19 would almost be admirable,… Continue reading Happy Coronaversary!