Monthly Archives: December 2018

“The Devil and Daniel Webster”

is an American classic story by Stephen Vincent Benet that I read in my grade 12 prose anthology back in 1967, which at that time was already 30 years old. With the decline of public interest in classics, American history, … Continue reading

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*A world of non-stop change

continues as always. With much more distraction factored in thanks to the phones, computers, tv, and social media. Most people lead non-stop distracted lives now without much stability and permanence. No doubt people’s preference for distraction over common sense, reflection, … Continue reading

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A Warm Sept. Evening, 1975

was a rare opportunity for us to go see a vocal group who’d written many memorable songs through the ’60s and ’70s. They had just released a new synth-driven album entitled Main Course and were playing its songs along with their … Continue reading

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Given the limits and limitations of others,

it is time to focus more on self and wind down for Christmas holidays. Peace, family, and reflection. It does not get better than that.

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Xmas 2018

From the beautiful fifties song: “When life doesn’t seem worth the living And you don’t really care who you are When you feel there is no one beside you Look for a star.” –Tony Hatch, “Look for a Star”

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Christmas Tradition

(left: Dylan Thomas reading his own “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” and the blue softcover version in an envelope; right: the well-done Canadian video with Denholm Elliott perfect as the grandfather)

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Ghosts of Xmas Past–Greetings from Dean and Spiritus!

A found picture and an unsent note from Dean McKenzie, The Legend, dated 1992. Spiritus (a unique Edmonton performance poetry trio of senior high English teachers): Dean on right, Glen Kirkland in the middle, and me on the left). Note: … Continue reading

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Washington Post’s New Trump Fact-Checking Category

Since Trump is well over 6,000 lies since being elected, The Post came up with a new category they call The Bottomless Pinocchio.

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Another Reason to Shop @ London Drugs

Their intercom music includes a spirited “Baby It’s Cold Outside”.

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The Guardians in the War on Truth

are, of course journalists, and TIME magazine’s Person of the Year. First time the mag has awarded the honour to dead persons and second time to a group. Well-done. Long one of the most dangerous jobs in the world finally … Continue reading

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