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”

Results: After the Boston bombing, are you more careful about attending public events?

This week’s Weekly Writing Challenge focuses on the use of forms. I took a recent post, and added a form for feedback at the end. I had never used a form before, but will certainly consider doing so. The comments were lengthy and often heartfelt. As for statistics, 100% of those who responded said theyContinue reading “Results: After the Boston bombing, are you more careful about attending public events?”

After the Boston bombing, are you more careful about attending public events?

This week’s Weekly Writing Challenge focuses on the use of forms. Here’s a recent post of mine with a form for feedback added. Dear Boston, On behalf of all Montrealers let me express my sincerest condolences for the tragic events at your esteemed marathon. For as long as I can recall, the passage from winterContinue reading “After the Boston bombing, are you more careful about attending public events?”

Don’t ask for the subway in Mun-tree-all unless you’re hungry

This week’s Weekly Writing Challenge: A Manner of Speaking may have been devised with Montréal in mind. Montréal is the largest city in the Canadian province of Québec, and a hotbed of mispronounced words, words borrowed from one language to another and local slang. If you ask the federal government about official languages they’ll tell youContinue reading “Don’t ask for the subway in Mun-tree-all unless you’re hungry”

Weekly Writing Challenge: Looney Toons, movies and violence

Regarding the question posed in this week’s writing challenge: Does watching violent movies inspire violence in the real world? I am of the opinion that those with violent tendencies are going to act-out regardless of their viewing habits. Perhaps it’s a chicken-and-egg situation; do those with violent leanings watch more violent films, or do theContinue reading “Weekly Writing Challenge: Looney Toons, movies and violence”

Weekly Writing Challenge: Montreal’s iconic outside staircases

This week’s Weekly Writing Challenge theme is Iconic. Montreal has its fair share of cultural icons, from the cross atop Mont-Royal to the beacon on Place Ville Marie; from Schwartz’ smoked meat to Montreal bagels, the 24 Stanley Cup banners suspended from the rafters of the BELL Centre to the outside stairs, they all scream Montreal. It’s theContinue reading “Weekly Writing Challenge: Montreal’s iconic outside staircases”

Weekly Writing Challenge: The role of government in society, Canadian and American, from an armchair sociologist

This week’s Weekly Writing Challenge: The State of the State gives me the opportunity to write about something that has long interested me: the different attitudes toward government held by Americans and Canadians. Canada is often referred to as socialist by US commentators but that is a relative opinion. When compared to the US, Canada mayContinue reading “Weekly Writing Challenge: The role of government in society, Canadian and American, from an armchair sociologist”

Weekly Writing Challenge: Image vs. Text – Viagra advertisement

The Weekly Writing Challenge offered the theme of Image vs. Text this week. This brought advertising to my mind. The concept of what is called direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs differs greatly in Canada when compared to the United States. In the US these ads provide details on what the drug treats and then goContinue reading “Weekly Writing Challenge: Image vs. Text – Viagra advertisement”