Nelson Mandela has passed and I feel a ‘gap’ or an emptiness in the world’s energy. It isn’t just all the wonderful kudos and expressions of sadness. No, it is more, much more than that. This gentleman epitomized forgiveness – he walked the talk and …Read More
Bah! Humbug (Again)!
Yes, it is almost that wonderful time of year again. That special occasion that is getting stretched longer and longer every year. Of course , we are discussing ‘Christmas’, a term I am loath to use anytime before the actual month in which it occurs. …Read More
Thirty Things I Don't Get
1. People who ride bicycles without helmets or helmets hanging on their handlebars or the straps of the helmets undone 2. Full body tattoo art 3. Self important people 4. Inconsiderateness 5. Winter 6. Victoria/BC drivers 7. People ‘liking’ their own posts on Facebook 8. …Read More
A summer morning in Whistler. DevilPuppy walked, coffee brewed and sipped. Paper read (On-line version), and the day stretches out endlessly before me. What to do? Shall I snap together the modular kayak I purchased while in Afghanistan and take it down to Alta Lake? …Read More
What WERE They Thinking?!
A little while ago, I took on a last contract with the navy to see me through until I ‘swallow the anchor’ (Yup. Retire.). I won’t tell you what I do with the RCN, because then of course, I would have to kill you all, …Read More
It is okay to be mouthy, but one should have some intellect and/or common sense to back it up If you do, most people will forgive you, or at least cut you some slack. If you are just plain …Read More
This article contains two links to articles I have written for The Diplomat and International Canada. The first article (Cover article), published Spring 2009 pertains to my time serving in the Sudan as a United Nations Military Observer (UNMO) in 2006. The second article (under …Read More
Ho, Ho, Bah!!
It’s okay now. It is early December and I am out of – what has been charitably described as – my Grinch/Scrooge mode. And it is true I suppose. Every year, I get bent more and more out of shape, by the increasing earliness …Read More
Canada: Economic Coward?
You know, if you were an outsider looking into Canada, you would think we were world’s biggest economic cowards! Note all the wailing, clasping of heads, woe-is-me’s, predictions of doom and the like when it comes to discussions of the new Canada-China Free Trade deal. …Read More