A little advice about social media.

Why the advice? To encourage you to 1) Protect your health and well-being (physical/mental/emotional/social); 2) Protect your reputation; 3) Protect your intellectual integrity. ADOPT THE COUNT-TO-10 RULE. If something someone says on the internet pushes your buttons, do not immediately reply. Instead. Count to ten. And think. If you are still worked up, log out and…

Small town diaspora.

Are there any, like myself, the diaspora of a small and rural, remote town. Are there any, like myself, who yearned to know where the gravel road led. But, now that it's gone, wish I could follow it home. Are there any, like myself, who used to think the open spaces were like walls that…

A road sign for the labourer.

During our recent visit to the UK, I snap a photo of a road sign (see below). It catches my eye because British English is so delightful, with so many common words just different enough from my Canadian dialect that I have to do a little interpreting. Instead of 'no waiting or overtaking', I note, Canadians…

Hobbes’ Humility Check

Lately I've been troubled by laughing-at-stupid-people infotainment, especially in partisan news media, and on both sides of the political spectrum. I'd like to watch a broadcast that doesn't devolve into some version of nanny-nanny-poo-poo-you-have-stinky-pants. That the anchor wears a suit and tie, frowns, and speaks solemnly makes the content no less snide. But from my armchair,…