Time

Recently someone asked me why I wear a watch when I could find the time on my phone. The fact that I like the look of watches seemed a little shallow, so I replied: it not only tells me the time, it saves me time. They looked at me quizzically, so I elaborated.  When I…

Look, a ship

I could hardly believe my eyes.  We had just arrived in the port of Aruba and as was my custom I was up early with a cup of coffee doing some writing.  And as we came alongside the pier, there it was:  The Ryan Leet. Now that might not mean anything to you, and I’m…

Weather we like it or not

Have you picked up on the fact that winter isn’t my favourite season?  As a matter of fact winter doesn’t even rank in the list of my top favourite seasons. (which just happen to be summer, summer, summer and autumn)  But it’s not just the weather, it’s having to listen to everyone gripe about the…

Giving it up for Lent

So, what are you giving up for Lent?  I was thinking of giving up brussels sprouts, Oprah and Barry Manilow music.  In some churches that are more traditional than we are, Lent is the 40 days (less Sundays) before Easter and has been seen as a time to fast or give something up for God. …

We Never Learn

I remember when gas first got to the dollar mark. There speculation about how high the price could and would go, the experts spoke about the impact rising fuel prices would have on the economy and anti-poverty groups warned of the consequences the increased heating oil costs would have on the poor. There was a…

Terrorists? Not!

You know I have never met a terrorist. Never.  And you would think I would have, considering how many Muslims there are in our community.  Unless not all Muslims are terrorists.  As a matter of fact, all of the Muslims I've met are pretty decent folks who love Canada and they seem genuinely friendly. Not…

Who’s Your Daddy?

What happens when you discover you’re not who you always thought you were?  That is becoming more and more a reality for people around the world as consumer DNA kits become much more affordable. Since having my DNA done two years ago, I’ve discovered connections and I never knew I had, and cousins I never…

A Royal Problem

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the Royal Family.  With Harry and Meagan choosing to remove themselves from their positions in the Royal Family and Andrew being relieved of his duties with the Royal Family, everyone will have to step up to fill the gaps. I have no problem with the choice that…

A Few Bad Apples

I recently read a couple of disturbing stories in the news about teachers and school administrators who have been charged with possession of child porn or with molesting students who were supposed to be their responsibility.  What I haven’t read though, is a reaction by people who say that they will no longer send their…

Not a great bet

Red Green reminds us, “You are not good at something just because you enjoy it. Karaoke has proved that.”   Tarwinder Shokar evidently enjoyed gambling, but he has proved that he’s not very good at it, and now he’s suing Caesars in Windsor Ontario for encouraging his gambling habit.  I’m not sure, but if your business…