Completely Random Thoughts

We Should Know Better

August 26, 2023

I know! I am going to sound like a grumpy old man. Maybe that is because I am. I have been scratching my head in wonderment at the Taylor Swift phenomena. Is she an Incredible song writer, composer, and performer? I really don’t know! A discussion for another time? But probably not. At my age […]

See those white wall tires

My age odometer turns over

June 8, 2023

My age odometer turns over this week. I won’t tell you my age – many of you know anyway. The rest of you will have to guess. I will give you hints. Things I miss: I don’t miss My age odometer turns over I think it is natural to think back as we grow older. […]

I Have Missed Writing

April 13, 2023

We left for Portugal on January 31st. I have only published twice since then. But, I have been busy. We spent four weeks in Nazaré, the World’s surfing capital. Yes, this is the place that surfers go to catch the 100-foot waves. And then, two weeks in Vienna. I did take time to enjoy my […]

Stay Woke! – Issue 76 

May 3, 2022

Definition of the word “Woke”: verb – the past tense of the verb wake adjective – alert to injustice in society / aware and actively attentive to important facts and issues – especially those relating to race, social justice, and all forms of discrimination.  I find the adjective “woke” to be very clumsy. It really […]

Week of April 4th 

April 10, 2022

I have fallen behind so some of this is not from the week of April 4th. Amongst the things that I found interesting:  Vietnamese investment in the United States US insistence that Putin and Russia be charged for war crimes in the Ukraine “Don’t Say Gay” laws The Good Country Index Sunflower oil shortage VinFast […]

Was It Inevitable? – Issue 74 

March 30, 2022

We spent four weeks in France. We were in airports and train stations; on the Metro, buses, trains, airports, and airplanes! Restaurants and museums! No Covid-19! We get back to Canada and my wife, unknowingly, visits an infected family member! A few days later she has Covid, and two days later I test positive too. […]

Good Bye LinkedIn, Issue 72

February 20, 2022

Good Bye LinkedIn! Good bye social media!

Week of February 14

February 17, 2022

What caught my attention the Week of February 14 New Words (at least for me): Hellacious – very great, very bad, very overwhelming. Example: The pandemic was hellacious. Chris Selley, National Post of February 14 Selley addresses the need to manage and police protests with consistency. So, he calls out Justin Trudeau for attempting to […]

Clarity and Data are Important – Issue 71

February 11, 2022

I am fed up with the COVID-19 debates over mandates and sanitary measures. To find a path forward, agreement on data and clarity are important. Clarity: Different levels of government have different responsibilities. So, in Canada and the US mask mandates, school and office closures, restaurant and bar openings, and most of the things that […]

Week of January 24th

January 29, 2022

My head hurts!

Unfortunate Politicization of LinkedIn – Issue 70

January 28, 2022

I keep poking away at this issue. I published a newsletter on February 25, 2021 about Fact, Fiction, and Opinion. Then on June 12, I wrote about Prejudice, Discrimination, and Hate. Was the unfortunate politicization of LinkedIn inevitable?  Over the past two years, I have  watched the unfortunate politicization of LinkedIn. Probably! Any forum that allows […]

Week of January 17th

January 21, 2022

What caught my attention the Week of January 17th? Covid Risk Calculator  In its January 19 newsletter, the New York Times  publicized this online tool. Scientists at Oxford University developed this calculator available to UK clinicians on the NHS web site. It helps determine patients that can be returned home safely. Sample calculations: If vaccinated […]