#TBT Sorry, But We Canadians Do Not Apologize Too Much

“Sorry, I didn’t realize you are a total arsehole unable to function in normal society” It is often said that we Canadians are polite to a fault.  As a Canadian I would suggest, but certainly not argue, that it is impossible to be overly polite. People point out that we say thank you too much,Continue reading “#TBT Sorry, But We Canadians Do Not Apologize Too Much”

The Economy is controlled by 1%, But 0.06% Control Peanuts

Touching wood I’m pleased to say I have no allergies. I touch wood because I understand they can develop later in life. When my brothers and I were young and mentioned that so-and-so had an allergy our mother would tell us we couldn’t afford to have allergies. I must admit that in retrospect it didContinue reading “The Economy is controlled by 1%, But 0.06% Control Peanuts”

Please Shelve Bread Crumbs With the Bread

While the universe is wrapped up in the discord within the Republican Party, I believe the time has come to tackle a more pressing issue; grocery store product placement.  In our busy world grocery shopping has become merely a weekly replenishing of basic necessities rather than the more sociable daily visits to butchers and bakersContinue reading “Please Shelve Bread Crumbs With the Bread”

World War One Centenary: Family Lore and Family Loss

Originally posted on DCMontreal: Blowing the Whistle on Society:
My grandfather on the far right with the Piche brothers I often wonder what those men who managed to survive the “War to end all wars”, my grandfather among them, felt when twenty-odd years later they watched their sons go off to the battlefields of Europe once…

My Great-Grandfather’s World War One Lie

Originally posted on DCMontreal: Blowing the Whistle on Society:
My great-grandfather, Ernest Henry Blackwell, was born in Sussex, England. As a young boy his family emigrated to Canada where he would spend the rest of his days. He met and married my great-grandmother, Annie Ellis, whose family had also made the move across the pond.…

On the Anniversary of 9/11 a Letter of Appreciation to Canadians

On the anniversary of the attacks on the U.S., a letter of appreciation from one American in the Montreal Gazette. Fourteen years ago, when U.S. airspace was spontaneously closed to arriving flights in the aftermath of the terror attacks, inbound aircraft were diverted. From the Atlantic Provinces to Ontario and Quebec, landing rights were grantedContinue reading “On the Anniversary of 9/11 a Letter of Appreciation to Canadians”