Wednesday, February 19, 2020
I am exhausted by outrage, exhausted by it. Also bored of it and a little bit depressed by it. Outrage greets me when I wake up in the morning and turn on the news. It’s on my car radio on...
In a few hours from now I will turn 40. Forty. Years. Old. While that isn’t as scary a prospect as it used to be, I still find it hard to reconcile that I could possibly be that far out...
Let me see if I can take some of the 40-plus readers back to elementary school. Gone are the days when almost all the teachers were women, when we had religion class every Thursday morning, when altar servers were excused...
Lately, the endless stream of news stories about sexual assault by powerful men has made me feel pretty gross, not to mention increasingly worried. Staying positive, while being exposed to one grimy detail after another, is a tough sell. Even...
It’s the type of news story that makes me queasy, the kind I dread reading and that implores me to scroll past when it pops on the screen. And yet, I can’t look away either. Without adequate words to...
As Canadians usher in the holiday season, we have much to be thankful for. While many places in the world are in turmoil, we enjoy relative prosperity and comfort. Despite the less-than-ideal economic conditions, Canada, and especially Nova Scotia,...
Driving home from town two weeks ago, we noticed one of our neighbours was outside starting on his outdoor Christmas display. We slowed down to have a look at what is always a pretty elaborate setup. “Already?” came the question...
If you ever want to start an argument about something other than politics or vaccinations, I invite you to discuss banning children from restaurants. That’ll get the ball rolling, real quick. I happened upon this topic again recently when I...
I often complain — rather gratuitously, I now realize — that I don’t have a moment to myself. Responsibilities and relationships tug at my time, and hardly a day goes by without being surrounded by friends, coworkers, and strangers. Not...
Another day, another example of parents behaving badly. You may have heard about the most recent college admission scandal – the latest public embarrassment but not, I suspect, the last. An investigation by ProPublica Illinois, an independent,...


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