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“The Crucible”: 1996 Film

Sometimes things do work out, unexpectedly, as they did for Arthur Miller. After Death of a Salesman was first filmed and The Misfits was taken out of his hands, Arthur Miller swore off writing screenplays for movies having lost control … Continue reading

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Amazing that Alberta Education

has lost its way and been reduced to one main priority and the rest/most of education is simply lower priority. There used to be a high priority in this province on subject matter competence and academic achievement for the majority of … Continue reading

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Easily the Most Engaging Xmas Movie for Kids

The Snowman: the classic cartoon version based on Raymond Briggs’ classic book’s drawings. Good for ages 3-7. Lots of jokes and fun fantasy to stir the imagination of kids today. Highly recommended viewing in late November to Christmas holidays.

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Guaranteed Belly-Laugh Viewing for Kids

The old Disney cartoons featuring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, Goofy, and Chip ‘n’ Dale. Works really well for kids 3-7, in fact much better than 90% of the videos you’ll see for sale in stores today.

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Make a Have-Not Kid Happy at Christmas

It’s really very simple. Go to Masterminds toy store, buy a toy, and drop it in the donation box. A no-brainer. Charity comes in many forms, but this is one of the best Christmas opportunities to empathize and do something … Continue reading

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“Take this ballot

and shove it.” Trump’s message to the American military and veterans re. the extended Florida vote win which he doesn’t want them to count. More or less the same message as not visiting American graves in a French cemetery because of … Continue reading

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Why Wait for Dec. 1st?

Note to small businesses: Start playing the Christmas music now. *People’s attitudes always change for the better (less complaining, whining, gloom) once the calendar turns to Dec. 1 when the Christmas music is playing in malls and offices. Want to … Continue reading

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HAL is dead

or rather Douglas Rain, 90, the Canadian who voiced him in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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That Close

Going to work in the dark. (20 years of night shift.) The simple trek from walk-up to outdoor lot. A nasty gust sending his hat rolling fast toward the riverbank behind the block. He ran to retrieve it and tumbles unseen … Continue reading

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About Time

Viola Desmond shows up prominently on the $10 bill beginning next week. Belated social justice and a continuance of the fruits of democracy (in contrast to the States). Canada continues to lead the way into the 21st century.

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