A Tribute to a Mentor

You may not know Gord McIntosh (or more properly: Dr. R. Gordon McIntosh), retired professor of educational administration at the University of Alberta. But I want you to meet him. He is a very special person, and not just in my life; although, that is what I am most knowledgeable about. I had lunch on […]

Upon a road oft travelled

What is it that makes us travel fast Always intent on the destination Never taking the time to stop For needless or even needed Breaks, pauses, reflective moments And really there is no sound excuse Freeways have rest stops there to use And when I need to rest I have no trouble pulling in I’ve […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter Seventy-Eight

Why is it that I still hear people talk in disparaging terms about the city of Edmonton? After all it has the Edmonton Eskimos, the Winspear Centre, the Jubilee Auditorium, a new Royal Alberta Museum, the University of Alberta and as perhaps its greatest asset — the Saskatchewan River and the Valley it has carved […]

Notes to EL29

Here are the notes related to Days 8 & 9: SMALL GROUPS for DAYS 8 & 9 {first name is the group coordinator} GG-1: Gloria Harrison Dolores Brent Julie Milne Larry Charach, Danielle Arrand GG-2: John Pressey William Cook, Scott Watson Bev Norman GG-3: Colette Zuberbuhler Joanie Parker Jeanette Espie Dilys Dranchuk GG-4: Karen Ferguson, […]

Notes to EL29 (my ELLA class)

Sometimes it may be quicker to simply post some thoughts to this part of my web-site and let those enrolled in my Ethical Reasoning course at the UofA this spring, pick up my thinking or the changes to the course right here. Here now is the revised version of the Course Guide for Days 4 […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter Seventy-Seven

Sometimes “letters to the editor” do not give enough space for a thoughtful conversation. So I’m going to tell you and if it rings true enough, you can take what you want and send it to your paper. Where has rationality gone in this province of ours, let alone our country? We seem to be […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter Seventy-Six

Have I got an idea for the churches who need to turn their real estate into longer-term survival plans? Let me try to explain… Things are happening in Penticton these days in part because there is an election coming. There will be people wondering who they can get to run for office so that the […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter Seventy-Five

Okay, help me here, when are we really going to understand how this country has any money at all to invest in infrastructure, in training, in getting back to balanced budgets? I am getting more puzzled every day. Is it just me, or are leaders here in BC really inconsistent? A couple of fays ago, […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter Seventy-Four

What music has been in the air this weekend? Where to begin…well let’s start with today and then I’ll talk about last night. Today it was Live From the Met and the production of Luisa Miller. As you know even though I’ve become quite a fan of opera in recent years, I’m in the same […]

In Memoriam — Humboldt SK

There are times when words are not easily found to say things that one wants to share. While this often happens when trying to discuss feelings at times of death, the problem is compounded when death is both tragic and involves many people, most of them young like my grandkids. I am not sure I […]