And That’s why we Need Grace fbl

Last week I read an article about how the Nova Scotia Government has brought forward new laws which defined pedestrians, cyclists and certain others as “vulnerable road users”.  Under the new laws, the fines have doubled for accidents that seriously injure or kill them. And my first thought was, that’s a good thing.  But then…

Who’s to Blame? FBL

The question that people are asking is:  Who’s to blame?  Last week in Quebec, a 52-year-old man was hit and killed by a vehicle outside of Montreal.  There seems to be a simple answer there.  Obviously, it must have been the man himself or perhaps the driver of the car that hit him. But nothing…

A Quandary

It really is a quandary.   A while back I read a news story entitled, “The New Canadian Morality”. The story concerned a survey sponsored by Angus Reid Strategies that asked Canadians their opinions on 21 ethical questions. The results of the survey showed that 60% of Canadians still identify themselves as Christians.  Which is interesting…

Look. . . A Squirrel

Last week I killed a squirrel. Well, not intentionally. I mean, what type of squirrel killing monster do you take me for? I was driving down Hammonds Plains Road and Mr. Squirrel was making an ill-advised attempt at crossing the busy road.  When he ran in front of my car, with a nut in his…

Amazing Grace

It is a story of Grace. Last week Angela and I were sorting through some boxes that had been in storage since we moved into our present home, in 2004.  Upon opening a box of books packed by our daughter I discovered a library book I thought I’d returned in 2003.  When I saw the…

I See Dead People

We spent our vacation hanging out with dead people.  Not literally, but with a 30-day free trial from Ancestry.ca, it sure seemed that way.  People have asked if I have discovered any surprises, and the entire story of my ancestry has been a surprise.  It wove its way from Edinburgh Castle, through the Salem Witch trials…

A Gem of a Story

I have a confession to make and I hope you don’t think less of me after I’m done; That’s right I love country music.  I love listening to the new artists like Zack Brown, Carrie Underwood and Kenny Chesney and I love listening to the outlaws from the seventies like Willie and Waylon and Merle…

A Denn by Any Other Name

Twenty-Four years ago I added an “n” to my name. It was a whim, but I’ve never regretted it. Fifteen years before that I had removed the same “n” along with a “y” when I went from being Denny to being Den. And for fifteen years I had people correct my name, helpfully changing it…

A Tragedy

This is it, this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of one of the most important cultural icons of my youth.  It was a life-changing discovery for me, one that defined my teens years. It wasn’t the founding of “intel” or Pierre Trudeau becoming Prime Minister of Canada.  It was the introduction of “Two all-beef patties,…