Archive for December, 2007

Happy New Year

Monday, December 31st, 2007

From Dr. J., our families and me, Happy New Year to all. We’ve both been travelling and busy with family commitments, but we’ll be back blogging soon.

A Home for the Holidays

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Exactly one year ago Mrs. K. and I were in the midst of a five-day visit to Silver Star and Big White, two of the most popular mainstream ski resorts in B.C.’s Interior. You can read here (illustrated pdf) what I had to say in Ski Canada magazine about what they were like during the busiest time of the ski season. [...]

Tabloidism of the week

Monday, December 31st, 2007

“J.Lo has Baby with In Vitro” – Headline, National Enquirer Although this isn’t strictly a full-blown Stupidism it is a backhand tribute to all those (much better) tabloid headlines you’ve read in the supermarket checkout line over the years. Most shoppers would likely know what this one was about, but I couldn’t help thinking that [...]

A coupla’ lines too good not to pass on

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

Annual retrospectives count among my least-enjoyed form of column. So who would have thought that one of these look-backs would prove one of my favourite reads of 2007? Today’s piece by George Will, the sometimes boring and not-infrequently overbearing yet usually insightful dean of conservative American columnists, this year took the approach of recounting some [...]

Merry Christmas, Joy to All

Monday, December 24th, 2007

  From Dr. J. and his family, and from Laurie and me, wherever and to whomever your travels may take you, best wishes for wonderful days from tonight, Christmas Eve, onward throughout the holidays.   

The high dollar: making Christmas more expensive?

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

Dr. J. has written in the past about the strange reluctance to accept good economic news. A related phenomenon is the seeming desperation to ascribe incontrovertibly good economic news to any causes but the obvious. A couple of nights ago CTV News attributed the willingness of Canadians to spend, at long last, with American-style abandon in preparation for the “holidays” firstly to the…high [...]

From microbophobia to toxinmania

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

“Thank God I finally got myself a glass water bottle,” muttered the colleague in the communal staff kitchen. “Why’s that?” I inquired innocently. “To avoid all the toxins leaching out of plastic bottles, of course!” he retorted, as if explaining self-evident reality to a simpleton. I had to chuckle at the long, long road mankind had [...]

The Making of a Mountain

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

For an illustrated pdf of my story in the December issue of Ski Canada magazine, about heli-skiing elder statesman Mike Wiegele’s plans for a new hybrid heli-lift-village resort called Saddle Mountain, please click here. 

Anachronism of the week

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

While searching out a link for my last entry, I took the opportunity to look up one of my favourite hymns on this site. I particularly like the historical cadence of Isaac Watts’ text, but there’s a noteworthy story given too. Besides the words, the site also relates “one of the more interesting occasions” that [...]

So just park all your planes in the desert

Monday, December 17th, 2007

“As a further gesture this holiday season, I am pleased to let you know that Air Canada will match your voluntary carbon offset contribution dollar for dollar, during the month of December. Together we can double our contribution toward a greener environment.” – E-mail marketing bumph from the world’s favourite airline An alert reader who [...]

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