Category Archives: Service economy

Lenten Reflections: Forty Things I Really Like And… (Day 33)–What price those peaches?

Markets. What else would warm the cockles of an economist’s heart? I was talking with someone the other day and let slip that I was trained as an economist. “Are you a Keynesian?” he asked. I laughed and replied that … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: Forty Things I Really Like And… (Day 32)–The richness of being hand-to-mouth

A roof over my head and food on my plate. Yesterday, completely by happenstance, I got the chance to meet someone a little better. I’d just dropped my third grade daughter at the church for her regular choir practice, and was … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: Forty Things I Really Like And… (Day 31)–Can you help me?

The right context. The woman picked up the telephone and dialed the numbers slowly, trying to reach her bank. “If you want to continue in English, press 1,” she heard. “If you want to speak to someone about online access, … Continue reading

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Can you do without it?

I’ve noticed in the past few weeks reports that we (or at least some of us) may be moving rapidly towards a cashless society. Don’t panic: the intention is not to do without money, far from it. Sweden’s plans are … 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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Write on!

I had lunch last week with a friend who is a publisher-editor. We do this occasionally at one of the cheap and cheerful small restaurants near his office. We do not have any specific agenda and usually talk about several … Continue reading

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