It Was Fifty Years Ago Today…

When you’re 70 it’s hard to imagine what life was like when you were 20. As David Crosby said famously – if you remember the 60s you probably weren’t there. In 1967 I was in my 2nd/3rd years of my university undergraduate degree. For the summer I worked on a construction gang poring concrete for ...

I Don’t Normally Do Politics…

  and as a Canadian it’s probably not my place to do so here. But I did watch the Inauguration yesterday. The vision of America I heard expressed is not one I’ve experienced in my many visits there – including a pilgrimage to that most sacred place above. My family mostly came to Canada from ...

The Long and Winding Road

  This past week I received the first payout from my Registered Retirement Income Fund. It marks the end of a 44 year history of accumulation and marks the decumulation and taxpaying phase of my personal pension savings. It’s the end of a long and winding road to be sure. A RRIF is what you ...

Our Boy

  He’s growing into a tall young man, leaving his small boy years in the dust. He’s almost 8 you know – will be in a few days. Unlike his blonde and blue eyed sisters, Teddy is the most like me in physical appearance. He has some of my mental predelictions too – he is ...

Dear Mr. President

  Your Inauguration day in 2009 was historic in more ways than one.   It was also the birthday of my grandson and first grandchild. As Teddy celebrates his 8th birthday and as you leave office, I would like to thank you for your service to the United States and to the world. Your presence ...

Better Off?

  I read an RBC economics report about Millennials recently. The gist of the argument is that they are doing just fine – in many ways they have better economic opportunities now than their Boomer parents had when said parents were young. I agree with a lot of the report – but the statement that ...

Good China

Probably there’s nothing in this modern world that labels you as quaint, eccentric, old school, a dinosaur – nothing quite as much as admitting you are a collector of fine china. That in fact you have a set of “good” china. Alas, we do. We started back around 1975 – that was the time I ...

Afternoon Nap

  Let’s face it – at the end of the day Mr. Oates is Maria’s cat. He loves her best. He and I have our moments though. A key one every day is our afternoon nap. Oates waits until he hears me pull down the blind in the bedroom. Then he rushes in meowing and ...

Job…Profession…Vocation

Soren Kierkegaard famously said that life must be lived forward but understood backward. And there’s no better place to do that than in a person’s working career. I can look back close to 48 years now – more if you include my work in high school and university summer jobs. Work in my dad’s store ...

When It Gets Personal

When a mass murder scene happens – as it does all too often nowadays – I can usually objectively detach myself from the situation. After all I wouldn’t normally be in a gay bar in Orlando, a night club in Istanbul, a Christmas party in San Bernadino, an elementary school in Connecticut, a theater in ...

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