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Forever Running Late

May 1st, 2010 · 6 Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, Clash of the Sexes, Coming of Age, Cute, Family, Family Humor, Fantasy, Funny Friends, Funny Gotcha, Funny Labor Relations, Funny Office, Funny Romance, Funny Science Fiction, Funny Sitcom, Funny Travel, General Humor, General Interest, History, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Lyrical, Not As It Seems, Romance, Science Fiction, Slice of Life, Storytelling, Surprise Twists, Technology Advances, Whimsy

For all her flustered outward appearance, Jilal was a deep thinker. Single, aged 32, a brunette well-above average in appearance and living in an eco-friendly home halfway between the citizens on ground level and those perched high above, she was having a typical day off. Mid-morning and her heart was already pounding. Too much to […]

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A Curious Case of Bottled-up Passion

January 23rd, 2010 · 3 Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, Art History, Canada Humor, Career Choices, Charming, Children and Pets, Clash of the Sexes, Cop Humor, Cute, Difficult Decisions, Drama, Fairy Tale, Family Humor, Family Tragedy, Fantasy, Feel Good, General Humor, General Interest, Hard Life Choices, Heartwarming, History, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Mystery, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Offbeat, Police Lifestyle, Romance, Satire, Science Fiction, Screwball, Sexual Innuendo, Slice of Life, Surprise Twists, Technology Advances, Twisted, U.S. Social Commentary, Uplifting, Whimsy, Witty, Zany

Pug-nosed Pat and gum-chewing Chris, two long-time Irish cops, were back on the day shift after a month spent on the night rotation. Their patrol area ranged from the entertainment district in the east to the upscale shopping blocks downtown. Being a cop in these days was quite a different experience than it had been […]

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The Red-Suit Mistletoe Initiative

November 29th, 2009 · 15 Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Celebrities, Charming, Children and Pets, Christmas, Cute, Difficult Decisions, Economic Humor, Entertainment, Fairy Tale, Family, Family Humor, Feel Good, Funny Christmas, Funny Family, General Humor, General Interest, Green Environment, Heartwarming, History, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Magic Realism, Oddball, Offbeat, Satire, Screwball, Surprise Twists, Sweet, Whimsy, Witty, Zany

Little Jimmy Flotsam, aged 10 and living in Tampa, had never known Christmas. The current year was 2025 and in 2015 Santa Claus and his wife had wrapped things up at the North Pole and skipped town, so to speak. In a sadly mimicking blow, Jimmy’s father abandoned his family when his only child was […]

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A Year in Residence at Canada’s Most Exclusive School

May 10th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Academics, American Humor, Architecture, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Celebrities, Coming of Age, Funny Sports, General Humor, General Interest, Ghost Story, History, Human Nature, Lifestyle, Literary, Nostalgia, Not As It Seems, Opinion Piece, School Days, Slice of Life, University

I have decided to write about the year I lived in residence in Massey College at the University of Toronto because I have a bad feeling about post-war “baby boomers”. Having had some experience with human nature, and aging parents, I know the boomer generation is likely to become quite nostalgic as the years plod on.   […]

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The Reader is a Movie to See and Not Just Hear About

January 26th, 2009 · No Comments · Celebrities, Drama, Entertainment, Famous Actors, General Interest, History, Movies, Romance

Where did Kate Winslet come from? I mean the actress, not the person. Kate Winslet the person comes from the United Kingdom and a family with a background in the theatre. Kate Winslet the actress started life in a small film called Heavenly Creatures as an almost mindless teenager who commits a senseless and premeditated […]

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Canadian Artists – A Talented Lot, but Poor at Math

December 15th, 2008 · 1 Comment · American Humor, Art History, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Canadian Art, Canadian Painters, Charming, Cute, General Humor, General Interest, History, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Literary, Offbeat, Romp, Screwball, Sweet, Whimsy, Witty, Zany

What’s with the Canadian obsession for categorizing our artists according to numbers? There is the Group of Seven, Painters 11 and the Regina Five, for starters. We’re not the only nation to do this. The Americans had The Eight and I am sure that there are many other examples around the world. However, we may be unique in not being able to count.

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Three Cities with a Lot in Common: Calgary, Edmonton and Venice

September 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment · American Humor, Amusing, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Construction Humor, Economic Humor, Funny Allegory, Funny Canada, Funny Construction, Funny Economy, Funny Editorial, Funny Geography, Funny Gotcha, Funny Government, Funny History, Funny Outrageous, Funny Politics, Funny Technology, History, Human Nature, Lifestyle, Offbeat, Political Humor

Cities rise and fall. Currently in Canada, Calgary and Edmonton are bursting with commerce and energy as a result of the construction boom in the nearby Oil Sands. However, events can pass a city by more easily than might seem possible. The story of Venice presents a cautionary tale.

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How to Get Ahead in this Life

September 25th, 2008 · No Comments · Art History, General Humor, General Interest, History, Lifestyle

This blog entry comes under the category of fascinating life stories. There are those among us who truly are compulsive and obsessive and others who think we might be. Whenever I start to go down this path, I remember the example of Caravaggio. There was a man who truly “lost his head” over a single […]

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Coppering the Fleet

April 25th, 2008 · No Comments · Economics, Entertainment, General Interest, History, Lifestyle, Technology Advances

Faced with the rapid changes brought about by computers and the Internet, one can easily be fooled into thinking that leaps in technology are something new in the course of human events. In actual fact, there have been similar seismic shifts throughout history. These have often come in the area of military advances, to gain […]

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Deuteronomy No Longer Describes Canada’s Place in the World

April 24th, 2008 · No Comments · Canada Humor, Construction Humor, Economic Humor, Economics, General Humor, General Interest, History, Political Humor

Looking for a “big gulp” experience? Fill up your gas guzzler. With gasoline at $1.20 per litre in Canada, it can bring a lump to your throat and tears to your eyes.   Yesterday, the Bank of Canada concluded that the Canadian economy is facing a difficult time over the next two years. In an […]

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