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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.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Strange Days...

There are times one is yanked out of an assumed reality and thrust into something, while at least if not completely alien, is certainly different. Such is our case. We followed my mother-in-law to a hospital in Vancouver, B.C. Our quiet place in the country is a far cry from where we are now. At... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Stop the world!

No, I don’t want to get off, just slow down a bit. It seems the past few weeks have gone by in a whirlwind. Every day brought a new challenge and not just the usual, “hmmm, do I separate the whites and wash them or just throw everything in the wash machine?” Where to begin? First my mother actually... Sign in to see full entry.

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