Bridges to the Past

Bridges to the past I cherish stories that provide a bridge to the past which is probably why novelist James A. Michener, who penned many historical epics, is my favourite scribe. But photographs can do this as well as books. One such photo, taken June 5, 1948, is of two men. One of them is… Read More

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Four years ago I visited a major Canadian university and asked students questions about World War II. FDR? Never heard of him. Churchill? There’s a statue of him but I don’t know what he did. The Allies? Can’t tell you who they were. D-Day and the Beaches of Normandy? Nope. It wound up in a… Read More

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On June 12 at 8 p.m. I will appear as a guest on TV Ontario’s flagship show The Agenda With Steve Paikin to discuss my book BABE RUTH – A Superstar’s Legacy, and in particular, why the issue of racial segregation may have been the reason Ruth never became a big-league manager. It should be… Read More

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Perspective and Balance

The call came on a Wednesday morning. They were a group whose guest speaker had suddenly taken ill and was in hospital, and could I come and take his place. And when might that be? The very next day. Well, they say it’s best to be flexible in life and so, I did it. My… Read More

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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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The worst kind of historical revisionism is that which is practiced by governments. Take the Government of Canada which just revealed a plaque for its new National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa. The plaque reads: ‘The National Holocaust Monument commemorates the millions of men, women and children murdered during the Holocaust and honours the survivors who… Read More

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The time to write

The first thing of any length that I ever wrote was a play in university. It was performed by drama students before an audience and one of my friends asked if I had written it the night before. The night before? Well no, it took longer than that. Any writer will tell you the key… 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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