This article, “Fundamentalism, racism, fear and propaganda: An insider explains why rural, Christian white America will never change,” caught my attention recently. The author begins: As the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump is still being sorted out, a common theme keeps cropping up from all sides: “Democrats failed to understand white, working-class, fly-over […]

The Decline of Trump’s America

This brutal, frank analysis of Trump’s performance at the G20 this past week by Australian journalist Chris Uhlmann appeared on my Facebook feed this morning. It is a sad commentary on way the United States is now perceived by the world. There can be no pleasure in the fall from grace of this mighty nation. […]

Family Portraits

Family Portraits

A blog post for Canada Day, Family Portraits, with an actual portrait, and some remarkable connections.
In 1880 William and Margaret Slee brought their young family to Hamilton, Ontario. This is their story.

Saturday Morning Musings

It took a monumental event to bring me out of my blogging wilderness. Brexit is a cautionary tale for all who are concerned about the future of democracy and the role of its citizens.

All Creatures

It was Animal Planet here this morning. Tommy had words with a black cat and I had to doctor a couple of scratches on the nose. I hope there aren’t any more. With fur it’s hard to tell until a scab forms. It turned out the cat Tommy tangled with was our neighbour’s indoor kitty who […]

Talk Show – Dick Cavett

Dick Cavett was my favourite talk show host when I was young. Hands down. I read his first book, Cavett, years ago. He slipped out of my sight when I moved into rural mid-western Ontario without the benefit of cable and, therefore, PBS. Then I heard an interview on CBC radio with Mr. Cavett a […]

#Cdnpoli: Harper Watch

After writing blogs on Scottish and American politics, it’s time to return to my home and native land. There’s plenty going on in this country to keep an eye on. This weekend there were three articles about our current government that caught my eye. Doug Saunders in Peak Oil? More Like Peak Canada writes about […]