Education and life skills

Good Bye LinkedIn, Issue 72

February 20, 2022

Good Bye LinkedIn! Good bye social media!

All Things Robbie Burns – Issue 69

January 19, 2022

Time to buy haggis, neeps, and tatties! Make the Cullen Skink and Clootie pudding! And don’t forget a good bottle of Scotch! On January 25th, the world celebrates all things Robbie Burns with a traditional Burns’ Night Dinner. The menu explained Cullen Skink is a rich and creamy soup made with smoked haddock, potatoes, butter […]

Chaos! Issue 67

January 5, 2022

The Oxford Learners’ Dictionary defines chaos in five words – a complete lack of order.  Well, a complete lack of order defines global Covid-19 responses. The scrambled reactions to the Omicron surge do not leave many world governments looking good.  Confusion I don’t know what signals your governments sent you when the Omicron variant emerged. […]

I was born in Scotland, Issue 64

December 9, 2021

I was born in Scotland. However, my family left our home in Dundee for Canada when I turned three. So, I am more Canadian than Scots. The double “o” sound in spoon is the only remnant that I have of any kind of Scots accent. But, I do a better job than most in understanding […]

What Have I Been Reading – July 30, 2021

July 30, 2021

Learning to live well on this fragile planet is far more important than dreaming about the next one. Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development, and Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), University of Surrey. Tim Jackson, The Alternative UK, July 24, 2021 Essay – the Plutocrat Space Race Fear of […]

Prejudice, Discrimination, Hate -Issue 52

June 12, 2021

I have found it very difficult to write this issue about prejudice, discrimination, and hate.  However, I was born in the UK to parents that lived through two world wars. I don’t know if anyone quite knows the real cause of WW I.  However, the root cause of WW II was the Reich’s belief in […]

It has been quite a year! Issue 41

March 12, 2021

One year ago today I had made the decision to cut short our escape from winter. On March 13, we were flying back to Montreal from London, two weeks early. It was disappointing to lose those last weeks. We had tickets for the opera and the ballet. There was a plan to splurge at Core […]

The Ability to Create, Issue 25

November 26, 2020

I worked at the corner of St-Laurent and St-Viateur from late 1973 to mid-1975. I then worked on Chabanel Street in 1979 and 1980.  In that era, much of the clothing that we we wore in Canada was still designed and made in those areas of Montreal. The garment trade granted me my informal business […]