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Legends of Myself 36

December 31, 2011


Continued from Legends of Myself 35 36.  Old Pop:  Libre-pensée Teddy was just my name, the name I went by until the age of 12.  Tat was, consequently, my only nickname during childhood, or that’s how it seemed to me.  The person who gave me that name, and really the only one who used it, was […]

Father Theo’s Christmas Playlist

December 25, 2011


Frankly, I grew tired of most Christmas songs a long time ago.  The overkill started setting in for me in 1961 or thereabouts, and the majority I’d prefer to never hear again. But I will, I will, unless–during the ever-extending Christmas season–I avoid every store and mall in the land until the day I die. […]

Sam Weller and the Pieman

December 24, 2011


‘You see that green hill there?’ ‘Certainly.’ ‘That’s the place where we are to lunch; and, by Jove, there’s the boy with the basket, punctual as clockwork!’ ‘So he is,’ said Mr. Pickwick, brightening up. ‘Good boy, that. I’ll give him a shilling, presently. Now, then, Sam, wheel away.’ ‘Hold on, sir,’ said Mr. Weller, […]

Arctic Sea Ice Loss Pictured

December 23, 2011


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Unfurnished Lodgings & Twopenny Ropes

December 23, 2011


Sleeping out and down and out in Dickens’ day, as told by Sam Weller. ‘You are quite a philosopher, Sam,’ said Mr. Pickwick. ‘It runs in the family, I b’lieve, sir,’ replied Mr. Weller. ‘My father’s wery much in that line now. If my mother-in-law blows him up, he whistles. She flies in a passion, […]

Fall of the Flag Patches

December 21, 2011


Once we used to sew our red and white maple leaf flag to our backpacks when we traveled. Our brash cousins to the south, with their extraverted sense of superiority, looked a lot like us but acted with a less civilized (we thought) restraint.  I mean if anyone was going to feel superior … Anyway […]

Why Business Hates a Rise in Minimum Wage

December 19, 2011


After years of being behind the race, British Columbia is slowly getting its minimum wage in line with the other provinces.  Sort of.  If those provinces don’t raise their own minimum wages in the meantime, we might eventually come close to catching up to the rest of Canada, or at least running with the pack. […]

Oracle of the Drunken Trees

December 17, 2011


See the drunken trees, tilting this way, tilting that, paused in a drunken dance?  What could have made the forest tipsy?  Is there a message in that drunken dance? It started with a puddle. It wasn’t much of a puddle at first.  There was just a slump in the ground because of a warm season […]

Attack of Half-Truth Harriet

December 16, 2011


I heard a sound in the hallway just now that was both strange and yet oddly reminiscent of something.  I didn’t know of what, at first.  Then, after a frantic rattle at my door, I open it to see Simple Sam. I realize then that the sound was just Simple Sam’s clop-clop slippers negotiating the […]

John Donne – No man is an island, entire of itself

December 15, 2011


 No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: […]