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 […]

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-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 […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter Eighty-Six

Why do we so often think that good talent must be from somewhere else? The Biblical expression, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country too often seem borne out by the way we treat our local heroes, no matter what profession or vocation or life-style they inhabit. Last night I went to […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter Eighty-Five

Why would I walk for 45 minutes, more or less downhill, to see a matinee movie when I have two vehicles in the garage? Well, perhaps because it was almost +10C and it was sunny. More likely because I needed the exercise. The problem, of course, would be in the return. No longer even light […]

The End of 2018 Sermon

What does one do to conclude a year that has been intriguing to say the least but as it draws to a close has seen an up-tick in tragic and sad moments?  This is not a letter per se, and I am not sure I have a good response to my initial question. So I’m […]