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Calling all “Fred’s Maid” fans

October 11, 2013


A while back I wrote about the little maid in the 1953 Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol. With only 42 seconds on screen, and no dialogue, this shy little woman has captured the hearts of thousands of fans. Unfortunately, these fans have never had a name to associate with their crush. Well, now we do, […]

Smoking Guns: #3 — Death comes calling

August 3, 2012


[This is the account of my third “smoking gun.” It is as accurate as I can make it, a process that has included repeated interviews with the principles involved, always following Gibbs Rule Number One: Never question suspects together. Conversations are left out except when the exact words can be confirmed, or the comment was […]

Smoking Guns: #2 – Dreams behind the store

April 13, 2012


The second of the Smoking Guns series. While everything else may be explained by stretching the meaning of "coincidence," those damned boxes undermine any conventional explanation.

Smoking Guns: #1 – Night Fog – Possible Conclusion

April 12, 2012


This is the best I've got in the way of an explanation for the events described in "Smoking Guns: #1 - Night Fog." It ain't much, but it's the best I can do.

Smoking Guns: #1 – The Night Fog

April 11, 2012


This is the first "Smoking Gun" incident. It describes an event so unusual, yet so well attested, that it can only stand as evidence that life is not entirely material in its essence.

Digging through boxes

March 12, 2012


While cleaning out the locker I discovered something very interesting -- using old photos and sketches for a blog post is way easier than actually writing one.

V8 Juice and Canadian unity

March 9, 2012


In 1994, during a crisis in Canadian unity, one food manufacturing company quietly stepped in to help ward off an imminent invasion from the United States. In this post we salute V8 Juice for helping to keep Canada a sovereign nation.

Jessica Simpson, Demi Moore, and me

March 8, 2012


Yesterday I set upon an experiment in bringing hundreds and hundreds of readers to my blog. Did it work? Well, yes and no.

Six pieces of advice for parenting while cooking in exotic locations during a photoshoot on the journey to becoming a writer — all in list form!

March 6, 2012


WordPress has a feature called “Freshly Pressed” in which 19 posts are published on the WordPress front page. These posts are meant to represent the “best” of all WordPress bloggers. That certainly seemed to be true when I first noticed them a couple of years ago. They were diverse, well written, and frequently over 1,000 […]

Chicken art and Canadian politics

March 5, 2012


At the end of “When Pookas attack,” I intended to link to an article I did back in 1997 called “Chicken art and Canadian unity” —  a review on Rob Thompson’s art performance piece in which he protested treatment of commercially-bred chickens by putting two people in a cage for a week. But then I […]

When Pookas attack!

March 1, 2012


On Wednesday night I had a class in Toronto. The same night, our friend, Joe, was going to be attending an art salon and extended an invitation for us to go along. The salon originated in France in 1725 with the exhibition of the Académie des Beaux-Arts — which is French for “Academy of Pretentious […]

We have met the enemy, and it is HR

February 29, 2012


I’m job hunting right now. I won’t bore you with the details. It’s a bitch, but that’s the way it goes. I just want to talk about one particular application I recently completed for an editing position. After registering with them (which is mandatory for pretty well every company now) I’m finally allowed to actually […]