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
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
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.
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
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 …
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
So here we are, a full year into the Coronapocalypse. It has been (choose your favourite hackneyed phrase) a year like no other, unlike anything we’ve ever seen, a year of the new normal, etc. It will be years before we know the full impact of the COVID-19 catastrophe, but after a year we can… Continue reading Winners and losers of the first COVID-19 year
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)
So, did you hear the explosions going off on Sunday night? According to news reports, a number of ‘bombshells’ went off that night. I slept through them, but I sure heard about them on Monday. And Tuesday. And Wednesday. Turns out, bombshells tend to echo for days. Unless you live in a cave (or, for… Continue reading Bombshells! Bombshells! Bombshells!
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!