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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One year ago I lambasted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for issuing a statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day that had no mention of Jews in it. I found his words hollow, without substance, and displaying a shameful naivety and ignorance about history. He deserved the criticism. Last Friday he issued this year’s statement. “Today… Read More

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Happy New Year and I hope 2017 will be good to you – better than it’s been for me so far. I began the year with my left forearm in a cast due to a broken wrist sustained in mid-December and it ain’t fun, especially when you need two hands to type, never mind negotiating… Read More

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I’m no fan of astrology. My birthday is April 20 which makes me a Taurus and means I share it with such people as actress Jessica Lange, Carmen Electra who isn’t really an actress, and oh yes, Adolf Hitler. Indeed, when I was a kid and April 20 came along, I always wondered about these… Read More

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On inspiration and irony

I don’t know what writers put on their wall for inspiration. Some go with motivational quotes while others opt for photos of majestic mountaintops and beaches. But for me it’s a 14 x 20, black-and-white print of Terry Fox. He was 19 when he lost his right leg to cancer and in 1980 he decided… Read More

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General Robert E. Lee and the most likely to … What if I told you Robert E. Lee went to the United States Military Academy – better known as West Point – in 1825 (which he did), finished second in his class (which he did), and upon graduation was voted by his peers as “the… Read More

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Where in the world do writers get all their ideas? Well that’s just it. The world. And beyond. Sometimes dreams play a part. Stephen King got the idea for Misery after he fell asleep on an airplane. He dreamt about a woman who held this author prisoner. She killed him, skinned him, fed his remains… Read More

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As a writer I like to poke the bear and in my case it’s the historical bear. For example, Americans think of baseball as their game and there is no bigger name in the sport than Babe Ruth. Ruth hitting his first pro home run in Canada may rub some the wrong way. But Ruth… Read More

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