My Thoughts

Here are some thoughts on various subjects.

I hope you find them entertaining and, possibly, useful.

The Luckiest People in History

My brother-in-law liked to say “If it wern’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all.” I’m always tempted to reply with something like “That’s because I got your allotment,” but I don’t.  While it is true that I feel like I’ve had enough good luck for ten men, I...

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The Company Is Not Coming to Dinner Cookbook

I live in a neighborhood populated by retirees.  Most of them are not far removed from rural Alberta stock.  And, can they ever cook.  Immediately upon moving here, I began receiving invitations from neighbors who took pity upon the poor guy who had to eat his own...

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Learning to talk Parrot

Learning Psittacine My youngest daughter has a facility for learning languages. She didn’t inherit it from me. I’ve tried Spanish, French and Japanese without success. It could be a lack of diligence on my part or a genuine deficiency in my equipment. Either way, I’m...

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The Power of Myth

As a person whose formative years were the 40’s & 50’s, I grew up hearing that our brand of democracy was the answer to all of the world’s problems. When I say “our,” I’m not referring to the governmental system of any particular country, but to all the peoples...

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Dressing for Dogs

I’m on the first leg of the obligatory “Visit-relates-after-loss” trip.  Since the passing of my wife a couple of years ago, they’ve all assumed that the first thing on my agenda should be a visit to their digs.  I don’t know where they got that idea, but it seemed...

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Not a poet # 1

OD’d in Denver I fed my dog catnip To keep her calm on the plane But she OD’d in Denver And can’t even remember her name She was cool on the journey, But in the hotel, found the catnip bag in my grip, Tore it open And took her own little trip Now I have to...

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Something has to be done

Enough is enough! Things have gotten out of hand; change is necessary. if it takes armed rebellion, then so be it. I refer, of course, to the deplorable state of health care in Canada. The malaise is societal; private & government agencies both contribute. I’ll...

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Breaking the cycle of insanity

Last Wednesday was a beautiful experience.  I spent most of the day higher than a kite.  It wasn’t drug or alcohol induced, it was a real high – the euphoria that accompanies finding yourself on a higher spiritual plane than the one to which you are accustomed. There...

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Gone Postal

Hey, he’s gone postal. Here he comes. Looka them guns. Looka them eyes! The image is probably clear in your mind. An armed, deranged person is opening fire on a room full of people. That’s what “Going Postal” has come to mean. I can tell you...

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Life after kids & career.

I was 77 last April and I’m having a blast! I’m having the time of my life since I left the workforce and, frankly, I’m surprised. As a youngster, I dreaded getting old. The old people I knew were grumpy; they weren’t having much fun. I didn’t...

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