Monthly Archives: March 2012

A bag full of it

In the spirit of intolerance, I have to draw this little piece of public policy to wider attention. Where I live, the local governments have imposed a bag tax: 5 cents for (paper and plastic) disposable bags, whether in supermarkets … Continue reading

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Hoodie done it

Looking in my wardrobe, I wonder what to wear. Should my choice be geared by style or by fear? A warm day, true, but would I feel good, If I put on the sweater with the big hood? What I … Continue reading

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Create a way

I caught a riveting discussion on NPR yesterday about the roots of creativity: it has some great take-aways, including the need to think like a seven year-old. For today, I’m not going to try to outdo the discussion, but recommend … Continue reading

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Happy half-birthday!

My second grade daughter’s birthday is September 21, so today, March 21, she is getting excited. She tells me it’s her half-birthday. What? She will be exactly eight years and six months old. Let’s celebrate! She would love it if … Continue reading

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Are you my type? Redux: The Curious Case of Trayvon Martin

I wrote yesterday about how a chance remark reminded me about profiling and how it can be wanton. I was also reminded about how dangerous and destructive it can be to many, but it seems especially to young black men. … Continue reading

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Are you my type?

My good lady and my good kid were chit-chatting in our car as we did our best to conserve fuel on the way to work and school, yesterday. A truck was making a turn as we waited at a junction … Continue reading

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Smith at his anvil

If the name Greg Smith does not mean anything to you, then perhaps you had left the planet yesterday in honour of Pi Day, March 14th (written American style that is 3/14; close enough to Pi = 3.1415926535…). When the … Continue reading

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