Best-sellers say a lot

You can learn about a country by checking the best-seller list, especially for non-fiction. Judging from the latest New York Times list, Americans – those who read – are fascinated with U.S. history and political figures. No fewer than eight of the top ten NF books are in those categories. The list: 1. Leonardo Da… Read More

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When my mother died in 2009, I decided to honour her memory by sponsoring a child through an organization called Plan International. Letters and photos are exchanged, and it’s like the film About Schmidt. In the final scene the character played by Jack Nicholson bursts into tears upon receiving a letter from the little boy… Read More

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George Orwell and his epic novel 1984 are making a comeback. His character Winston Smith existed in a world where freedom and privacy have disappeared. Some think this is happening today. His colleague H. G. Wells wrote War of the Worlds and because of that we can thank Wells for introducing us to ‘fake news,’… Read More

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Wages with garnish

The other day I was in the car when a radio ad came on saying how government can “garnish your wages.” I immediately did a double-take and wondered how one’s salary might be adorned with a side helping of parsley, broccoli or hot spice. But lo and behold when I checked the dictionary for ‘garnish’… Read More

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