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Monday, August 27, 2012

Afghanistan - get out as quick as we can

What a craphole that place is. I just read that 17 villagers were beheaded by the Taliban after a party that featured music and mixed sex dancing. The sad fact is, every Taliban they find should also have their head removed but you know what a hue and cry there would be over that. Totally out of... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Politics and business

The posters on the walls and the counters clearly told the story of the business owner’s politics. While he had every right to exercise his freedom of speech, I also had every right to make a decision whether or not to do business with him based not on his business, but his politics, should I so... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Let the crap begin

Political crap that is. Forget which side you like, the truth has left the building. These guys will say anything, true or not, since what is repeated often enough ends up being mistaken for the truth. What we need is for journalists to confront the politicians and say, “for the record, you didn’t... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

A strange day at the border

Border crossings are potentially fraught with peril. What new questions are the agents going to ask that are designed to throw one off? I remember a peculiar reaction to a question I was asked once, “do you have any hand grenades in the car?” I blurted out a laugh. I thought to myself, “hand... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 10, 2012

What you and Stephen King have in common

Writers often tell people they really don’t know where some of the stuff they write comes from. Non writers seem incredulous. They think a person spends a lot of time inventing plot lines and such. For most of us, it is simply a matter of going into a daydream and writing it down. Then after a... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Is it really that bad?

With the passing of my mother-in-law I have become involved in helping write the obituary. An issue that has cropped up is the reluctance of some family members to include the full date of birth and death. It seems the concern is identity theft. I am going along with what they want, that is their... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Life and death in Canada

My mother-in-law made it “home” to the hospital in Trail, B.C. only to lose her battle last Monday night around 11:00 p.m. Her decline had been evident these past few months but I didn’t realize just how much until I stated looking at photos for the memorial. This bright, smiling woman standing... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 23, 2012

The road ends

It’s official, my mother-in-law is back home, there was nothing they could do for her and today’s news gave her only two or three days more. The reality is suddenly very bitingly real, cold, hard and ugly. We are going to see her tomorrow and that will be hard since she is now getting morphine for... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

When bad things happen

What is the nature of Evil from a scientific standpoint? Especially relevant in view of recent events, I found this episode of “Through The Wormhole” Can we eliminate evil? illuminating. Evil has been with us a mighty long time and there is no real reason to think it will ever go away. As one... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

When the end of the road has been reached

For all of modern medicine’s promises, there are only so many things that can be done. Thus the promise of a procedure to strengthen my mother-in-law’s heart valve has been negated by her declining condition. So now she lies in one of the finest hospitals there is but even they can’t do anything... Sign in to see full entry.

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