Notes to Politicians (Part B)

Another colleague has been rather persistent in calling me out for not being an avid “global warmist” — well, to be fair, the criticism has been shifting more onto my skepticism towards much of the scientific community’s ranting about “climate change”. So, since I’m on this pulpit about politicians and their complete irrationality at times, […]

Notes to Politicians (Part A)

I was asked recently why I have been dwelling on my life more than my opinions. Good question, except I have been writing an Epistle and letters tend to be less opinionated. However, lest you think I can no longer think, I thought I would provide you with some thoughts that have been percolating later […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter Seventy-One

So, how did the ski lesson turn out? Well, remember last autumn I decided to go to a high performance driving school? It turned out that even though I have been driving reasonably well for some fifty-seven years, there were some things that needed re-tooling…refining my approach to sitting behind the wheel, so to speak. […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter Seventy

So am I still stimulating my brain with music since returning from Chicago? Absolutely! In fact I just realized that the last ten days have been filled with interesting events, including several musical moments. After the pruning morning and a well-earned shower, I attended a concert by the Okanagan Symphony entitled “Prodigy!” which was well […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter Sixty-Nine

Why would the late Chuck Lupton be proud of me now? I had a life long friend pass away three years ago. I had worked for Chuck’s dad — Chas Lupton — on Up-Ridge Holsteins for three years in my early to mid teens. Chuck was ten years older than I but we became friends […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter Sixty-Eight (Part C-3)

And any final comments? For sure, I always have final comments, even when I’m right!! A very interesting conversation emerged around two topics that shared the common issue of awareness. One was the question of whether self-awareness is counter-productive to moral awareness and does this lead to the loss of the selfless leader? The other […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter Sixty-Eight (Part C-2)

And what else happened? I should mention there was one activity that was mis-scheduled. Early on Thursday there was a PechaKucha Session. This is where people get to address a topic with no more than 20 slides (on the screen) and no more than 20 seconds to discuss each slide. [They have them occasionally in […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter Sixty-Eight (Part C-1)

And what about the conference itself? How did it all unfold under the leadership of the new host institution — Depauw University? The conference, the 27th Annual International Conference of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics to be exact, was very well organized in large part because APPE has a good professional staff (which […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter Sixty-Eight (Part B-3)

And you thought I was done going to church in Chicago? Well I have, and then after finishing up my last grad course (via distance) in public health ethics at CUE and doing some skiing and participating in pruning four rows in a vineyard, I took a “staycation” (if that is the right term). Nevertheless, […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter Sixty-Eight (Part B-2)

So what was the main service like? Because of the inspiration I received during the early morning service, I decided to stay around the church and attend the 9:30 a.m. “main service”. I’m not sure how many people the sanctuary will actually hold (Fourth Presbyterian has a membership of 5,200 congregants) but it’s a lot. […]