The Epistle of Q — Chapter Ninety-Two

What really can be gained from a retrospective on the SNC affair and its impact on our next election? Isn’t it interesting that so often the most obtuse or maybe oblique issues can become the biggest burr under one’s saddle? The Sponsorship Scandal is one that comes to mind. Watergate was so unnecessary when the […]

The Mentor has passed…

I am not going to be long-winded tonight. I am sad. I received sad news. And all I can do is share that moment of sadness. You don’t have to be sad yourself. Just allow me to intrude into your world in this moment of sadness. R. Gordon McIntosh, the great mentor about whom I […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter Ninety-One

What a way to start into Spring!! There was a song that Blood, Sweat and Tears had on one of their albums back in the day that had the line: “Sometimes in winter…” Always loved that song, partly because I first heard it while in Graduate School in Minnesota and that state can match most […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter Ninety

How did this year’s ski season go? This is going to be a very short note this year. While it was the coldest February on record (or maybe the second coldest), and while we received more snow in the Valley than we normally get, it was not an outstanding ski season. Furthermore, even when we […]

In Memoriam — Bruce Johnson

It never gets easy to say good-bye, especially to a friend you’ve known for probably forty-five years. Last night, at about 7:45 p.m. Bruce passed away, He was in hospice care at the Penticton Regional Hospital’s Moog & Friends Centre. He was well cared for and he was surrounded by family. All this is not […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter Eighty-Nine (Part B)

So why do people get together 55 years after they were actually significant personages in each other’s lives? This elongated journey to and from APPE provided the opportunity for another Madoc’rs luncheon in Toronto. The first one happened some time ago and another was held in 2016 during Grey Cup week and brought together. The […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter Eighty-Eight

What is it about the Okanagan Symphony that makes me think it is the best regional orchestra in Canada? Saturday night was just another evening at the office for Music Director and Conductor Rosemary Thompson but it certainly wasn’t anything blasé for the audience in attendance. Titled Amadeus the entire evening focused on three final […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter Eighty-Seven

What makes a birthday special? Many people have birthdays. In fact, most people have at least one each year. Some people consider certain years to be extra special – 13, 16, 21 (or maybe 19 or 18, depending on the province), 30, 35, 40 50 65, and often 80 (if one gets that far). I’m […]