Sleeping With the Elephant

| March 30, 2009

Addressing the Press Club in Washington, D. C., on 25 March 1969, and in reference to the relationship between Canada and the United States, then Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Elliott Trudeau said, “Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, […]

Polish By Marriage: The T Shirt

| March 25, 2009

If this was my shirt it would say, “YIPPEE!!!!” on the back and everything after “WIFE” would be covered in exclamation points.

Die My Dear? Why That’s the Last Thing I’ll Do.

| March 24, 2009

I took the title of this post from among the many wise and witty utterances of the immortal Groucho Marx. He also said, “I intend to live forever, or die trying.” Of no surprise to my readers will be the disclosure that my brand of humour veers sharply toward the dark side. My dance card […]

Kitchen Knife Technique

| March 24, 2009

A kitchen knife wielded by a master is magical to behold. One seeking to succeed in an endeavour should aspire to start nowhere but at the beginning, and only through the development of sound technique can speed and style be built. In my recent travels I encountered some training videos on the subject of kitchen […]

Polish by Marriage

| March 23, 2009

On my father’s side of the family, all ancestry leads back to German settlers arriving in Lunenburg by way of Halifax in 1753. On my mother’s side, the paternal line goes straight back to the same source, but her mother was born and raised in Surrey, England. That makes me a mutt, and I’m proud […]

Of Foo Birds and Drop Bears

| March 22, 2009

Australians have long been known to warn gullible tourists about the perils of drop bears. As everybody who reads Wikipedia knows, “Drop bears are … unusually large, vicious, carnivorous koalas that inhabit treetops and attack their prey by dropping onto their heads from above.” To make things worse, they warn that there is no way […]

A Rant Motivated by Something I Read

| March 16, 2009

In case you haven’t noticed yet, most of modern culture is built on a foundation of 100% pure bullshit. Entire industries make obscene amounts of money convincing people that they aren’t thin enough, young enough, pretty enough, investing wisely enough, would get more sex if they were driving a different car, don’t smell good enough, […]

Moments of Magick

| March 14, 2009

“I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance than I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.” ~ Henry David Thoreau Many experiences in my life have contributed to […]