Category Archives: Tributes

Some words, in memory of my father

My father would have been 94 today. When he passed away a few years ago, I made a list of some words that I thought described him well, with the intention of trying to craft a remembrance poem. The best-laid … Continue reading

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Towel Day 2021 kicks off in 101010* days

* There are 10 kinds of people: those who grok binary, and those who don’t.§ As of now, the number of days remaining until Towel Day 2021 is also The Answer to The Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and … Continue reading

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Who wrote the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”?

There’s a famous song, written in 1988, that begins, “Here’s a little song I wrote”. I believe in giving credit where credit is due; here’s a miniquiz…. What was the name of this song’s writer? (a) Bobby McFerrin (1950–) (b) … Continue reading

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Say his name (with a towel)

Jill Dennison posted something yesterday on her blog Filosofa’s Word that suddenly made me sit up and pay attention. Her post begins with a simple statement of fact: Seven jurors were selected this week for the trial of Derek Chauvin, … Continue reading

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Planet of The Idiots: a lecture by Carl Sagan

Disclaimer: this lecture is actually entitled ‘The Age of Exploration’, but I think my title is more appropriate. Let’s make a planet in which nobody is starving. Let’s make a planet in which men and women have equal access to … Continue reading

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For Missy

Journey to the land where all dreams hold sway Where anything at all is possible And from this realm then pass entire away Adorable and ever comical Nine lives to live are simply not enough Where anything at all is … Continue reading

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For Minouche

Kitten : Little furball Skittering underfoot Teasing yourself into my heart Sharing A feline lifetime of friendship Years of frolicking fun All too soon gone : Farewell

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Time to paint the town red?

Monty Python’s Life of Brian scene 9: Brian Learns to Conjugate. I love the way Brian narrowly avoids heading off to an earlier crucifixion than the plot calls for because he initially gives what turns out to be the right … Continue reading

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The right to choose

By a devious route that is an idiosyncrasy — emphasis on the crazy — of this innerwebz thingy I stumbled upon the following video for the first time, just now. In respect for the memory of my dear friend, I … Continue reading

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Pondering death

I was recently advised, by Shelf Life Books, of the publication of the book ‘Cartwheels’ by Amy Doolittle. Cartwheels offers a glimpse into my world with all its pain, humour and quirky sensibilities. — Amy Doolittle The book is subtitled … Continue reading

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