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, […]
October 1, 2012
We chased our first fire engine a few days ago. This turns out to be one of my responsibilities as managing editor of a small town newspaper in the Canadian Prairies. Chasing fire engines. As hard-hitting journalists out for the latest scoop we’re supposed to make sure we’re first on the scene so that we […]
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.
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 […]
February 27, 2012
Reprinted from an old column I once had on advertising. This was actually one of a series on Internet advertising and CTRs (Click Through Rates). It’s been modified somewhat to include necessary information from the previous pieces leading up to this, and to make it a bit more understandable to a lay audience. ___________________________________ As […]
February 7, 2012
From a piece I did three years ago. ———————————– A search of Google News shows that in the last 24 hours there have been almost 800 articles with the phrase “impacted on.” That means that in one day alone, almost 800 news stories have gone out of their way to irritate me. That’s a lot […]
February 2, 2012
Mummering is an ancient tradition, although nobody is quite sure what the tradition might be. In any event, there are worse things you could do -- like plunging through the ice into frigid water while playing a children's game.
December 12, 2011
Local angles can be good. People like to read about events in their own neighbourhood, city, and country. Even national and international stories can be put into perspective by focusing on the local ramifications. But sometimes there just isn’t a local angle, and efforts to provide one can be outright embarrassing. Take the case of […]
January 21, 2011
This is just my latest piece for the Standard. I’m sneaking it in as a blog post because I’ve not been posting much lately (and by “much,” or course, I mean “at all”). They changed my original title. I understand why, but I decided to sneak it back in here as the title of the […]
December 20, 2010
Recycling is good, right? Well, recently I heard from the son of the man this post is about. He found it on an old blog I kept a number of years ago. On rediscovering the blog I found a number of pieces I wouldn’t mind reprinting here, and what better to start with than this […]
July 1, 2010
It’s Dominion Day here (which, in metric is “Canada Day”) and I’ll be taking today off. It’s quite likely I’ll be going silent for a few days, in fact, so I’m leaving with something I wrote a few years back for an editors’ site. Henry Louis (H. L.) Mencken (September 12, 1880, Baltimore – January […]
April 20, 2010
Good technical writing is so rare, we need an award for it. So I created one.