Year: 2009

Chuck You

If you haven’t yet heard of a TV show called “Chuck,” do yourself a favour: get your hands on Seasons 1 and 2 and clear your schedule. There may have been more meaningful, better-written, or more insightful shows in the

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Party Kris Kringle

I don’t know whether it’s a wider cultural shift or simply that my friends and I are getting older, but a number of years ago I noticed that many people in my life were getting fed up with the traditions

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Confused Expressions #10: Money is the Root of All Evil

There’s nothing inherently confused about the expression “money is the root of all evil.” I don’t happen to agree with it, but that’s a philosophical point that can be debated. The confusion comes in since most people who use the

Forthcoming Story: Beat-Down

My story “Beat-Down” is scheduled to be published by on October 20. Here’s a teaser: “What’s up?” Patricia said to Adrian. Jason already knew; of course he already knew. “Beat-down,” he said. Adrian nodded, the smile growing larger, more

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Confused Expressions #9: My Body is My Temple

When I was younger, a friend said to me—if memory serves, in response to my resolute disinclination to smoke cigarettes with him—”Your body is your temple, isn’t it?” It was the first time I’d heard the expression, and although I’ve

Bike Log #6

Before several high-profile cycling accidents and enough close-runs of my own changed the focus of the last few bike logs to safety, the initial ones were all about the benefits I was delighted to find by cycling to work. As

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Confused Expressions #8: The Wheel that Squeaks … and Squeaks … and Squeaks

For reasons personal and interesting only to myself, I’ve been thinking about people who complain regularly (often with the preamble that they aren’t the type of person who likes to complain), and the very old expression about which wheel gets

Confused Expressions #7: Begging the Question

Very few things throw me more in a conversation than when someone says, “And of course that begs the question …” In philosophy, “begging the question” is a technical term that means you’ve made the fallacy of assuming the truth

Bike Log #5

After I published my previous bike log, in which I begged motorists to be more careful around cyclists and to do a better job of sharing the road, it was pointed out to me that cyclists have a role to

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Bike Log #4

My plans for this month’s bike log changed the moment I heard about a traffic accident that happened earlier this week in Kanata (a suburb of Ottawa). Early Sunday morning, a man driving a minivan swerved into the bike lane

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