An open letter to the overseers of the English language

An open letter to the keeper(s) of the English language: It has often been stated that languages are living, breathing things, they are constantly evolving and changing to accommodate current trends and needs. One needs only to consider the numerous additions to the English language that arose from increasing computer and particularly Internet usage; reboot,Continue reading “An open letter to the overseers of the English language”

Summer Rerun: Interview with Twitter’s #

Here is my interview with perhaps the most important driving force at Twitter; the Hashtag. DCM:  Thanks for taking a few moments from your busy day to talk to me Hashtag. I know you are busy because you are the only thing that is always trending on Twitter, albeit in conjunction with something else. #:        Continue reading “Summer Rerun: Interview with Twitter’s #”

Interview with Twitter’s #

Here is my interview with perhaps the most important driving force at Twitter; the Hashtag. DCM:  Thanks for taking a few moments from your busy day to talk to me Hashtag. I know you are busy because you are the only thing that is always trending on Twitter, albeit in conjunction with something else. #:        Continue reading “Interview with Twitter’s #”

The sacrilege of going back to school in August

August Blues indeed … “Will I get that marine-wannabe lunatic for phys ed?” “Will Mrs. So-and-so be sober this year?” “Is he back, I thought he had a breakdown?” Back when I was young the new school year started on the Tuesday after Labour Day. “Summer” consisted of those days between the last day ofContinue reading “The sacrilege of going back to school in August”

Weekly Writing Challenge: Health and a millennial coincidence.

The Weekly Writing Challenge this week focused on “Fit to Write”. My piece is about my attempt to stay fit by running, as well as a millennial coincidence. Sometime during the late winter of 1997 I decided it was time I started doing some physical exercise. I had for many years been a pitcher inContinue reading “Weekly Writing Challenge: Health and a millennial coincidence.”

Weekly Writing Challenge: I Remember

  This week’s Weekly Writing Challenge: I Remember calls upon bloggers to think back. Here’s a freestyle memory piece. I remember… … during the mid-seventies,  it seemed Montreal was awash with Anglo/Irish Pubs. There’s still a good number of them today including Hurley’s, McKibbin’s , The Irish Embassy and the Old Dublin to name but aContinue reading “Weekly Writing Challenge: I Remember”

Weekly Writing Challenge: Reel Talk – Time for Don Lemon to move to primetime

This week’s Weekly Writing Challenge: Reel Talk encouraged bloggers to incorporate video into our posts. A recent Don Lemon piece on CNN affords a great opportunity to do just that! Dear CNN, As a long time viewer I thought I’d take a moment to bring something to your attention. I understand fully that you may be wellContinue reading “Weekly Writing Challenge: Reel Talk – Time for Don Lemon to move to primetime”

Pope Francis fast-tracks saints

This week the Weekly Writing Challenge calls for humor. Having already commented on the rumor of a Papal recall, I thought I’d take on the latest news from the Vatican! Now just a gosh darn moment. According to the New York Times, Pope Francis “has sped two of his predecessors toward sainthood”.  Pope John Paul IIContinue reading “Pope Francis fast-tracks saints”

Hand-drawn envelopes; works of art that probably wouldn’t be delivered today

My maternal grandmother’s brother, which I believe makes him my Great Uncle, Earnest Deegan, was a well traveled man. During the early part of the last century he was what was then known as a “Gentleman’s Gentleman” – a butler or valet. This profession took him to places far and wide, exotic and remote. HisContinue reading “Hand-drawn envelopes; works of art that probably wouldn’t be delivered today”

Back when I was young: Bartenders were artists

This week the Weekly Writing Challenge encouraged the use of pagination for longer posts. I thought it a good opportunity to publish one of my longer posts that falls into the “Back When I was Young” category. They say that one of the signs you’re getting old is that you find yourself, more and moreContinue reading “Back when I was young: Bartenders were artists”