Losing a friend, a piece of ourselves

March 27, 2024   ·   0 Comments

Our home is a bit quieter than usual. It’s a strange silence, where you know something isn’t right. Our 14-year-old Lab Marley is no longer with us. For dogs, that’s a heck of a life, roughly equivalent to 98 human years! We don’t really “own” our best friends but merely “rent” them. We all hope for a long “lease.”

Grocery ‘games’ continue to baffle public

George Bernard Shaw once said “there is no love sincerer than the love of food.” While George was spot on regarding our taste buds, he never faced paying $7 for a pound of butter. “Give us this day our daily bread …” the prayer goes. But God never ventured into a grocery store.

Are we holding back the years, or letting loose?

Hindsight, they say, is 20/20 – perfect, invaluable. The only problem is, life has to be lived forward, not backward. Stevie Nicks once wondered whether she could handle the seasons her life, noting: “But time makes you bolder “And children get older “And I’m getting older too …” And wise Dr. Seuss once asked “How did get so late so soon?”

Do record bank profits translate to service?

While funny, Rudner is on to something. Jeff Bezos mentioned that he’s offended by messages from banks who offer second mortgages to people so they can go on vacation. “That’s approaching evil,” he said. Evil or not, that’s the system.

We need to be leery of human stupidity

“Never underestimate the power of stupidity,” Robert Heinlein once warned. Martin Luther King, Jr. contended that “nothing in the all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” And the late, great Stephen Hawking said we are destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity.

The ‘ugly’ surpassing the good and the bad

Borrowing on the theme from an iconic spaghetti western, our society has always had good, bad and well, ugly. Catchy theme songs aside, life is messy. And apparently, it’s getting worse.

We should all be very concerned

Is anyone overly concerned about the state of world affairs? I know the old saying – “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink” – but come on, folks! There are so many issues, concerns, and impactful events that our plates are overflowing. I realize it’s a lot to handle and take in, but we have to not only make sense of it all, but react accordingly.

Exercising your democratic privilege

The air is abuzz with electioneering here and south of the border. It won’t be long before harsh TV and radio ads appear, in an attempt to disparage this party or that. Before the rigged carnival ball throw game of politics gets into high gear, there is plenty average citizens and voters can do.

Necessity driving Canadians’ habits

Necessity has been called the “mother of invention,” and a host of other catchy terms. But we are all realizing – all too well – just how necessity is fitting into our current lifestyles.

Rewriting my ever-changing guide book

It’s been a while since I put pen to paper with my inner-most thoughts. I typically have a keyboard – virtual or physical – at my disposal for these things. It’s not always easy to come up with new, informative and enjoyable subjects for my weekly rants. But I try.

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