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    Paralympian Rick Hansen wheelchairs around the world. An excerpt from About Canada

    October 17th, 2013

    Thousands of cheering supporters greeted 30-year-old Rick Hansen at Vancouver’s B.C. Place Stadium, May 22, 1987, as he pushed his wheelchair the final yards of a 26-month, 40,073-kilometre journey, crossing four continents, 34 countries, and five mountain ranges. Read the rest of this entry »


    Sound of silence, and other noises

    April 19th, 2013

    The great compensating benefit of being hard of hearing is the easy ability to tune out. Unplug. Abolish noise pollution. Turn the roar of the world into meow. I speak from experience.

    Another benefit is that civic authorities would likely have much less trouble on their hands if more people were hearing impaired. Few things seem to occupy the authorities of big cities and small towns more than noise, judging by a Google search that yielded a score of news reports about noise, all dated within two days in mid-April, 2013.

    In Durham, North Carolina, police issued a citation to the New Hope Church Read the rest of this entry »


    Endurance of the last runner

    October 17th, 2012

    At 10 minutes to seven on a dark, cool evening in Mexico City in 1968, John Stephen Akwari of Tanzania painfully hobbled into the Olympic Stadium — the last man to finish the marathon. Read the rest of this entry »


    The great secret of morality

    July 3rd, 2012

    “The great secret of morals is love or going out of our own nature in Read the rest of this entry »


    Imagine the autistic world

    June 13th, 2012

    Imagine your sensory world scrambled and unregulated, your auditory intake a rock station — or worse, mere static — blasting incessantly in your ears. Imagine your kitchen light as bright as a searchlight, Read the rest of this entry »


    Sweet revenge, Grandma’s delight

    May 2nd, 2012

    Bailey, a 19-year-old male reader of a woman’s erotic magazine, tricks a Lothario, to the delight of grandma. Read the rest of this entry »


    Vaclav Havel experiences uncertainty

    April 27th, 2012

    I suffer more and more from stage fright; every day, I am more afraid that I won’t be up to the job, or that I’ll make a hash of it. Read the rest of this entry »


    Rockefeller’s dime

    April 20th, 2012

    Exploring the country around Sleepy Hollow, New York, I found a golf course on John D. Rockefeller Sr.’s Pocantico Hills estate. He and I sat on a bench Read the rest of this entry »


    Writing triumphs cancer pain and paralysis

    April 19th, 2012

    Surprising how things turn out better than feared when we meet adversity and pain with courage, resolve and effort. Read the rest of this entry »


    Naval officers and gentlemen

    April 17th, 2012

    A gentleman of liberal education, refined manners, punctilious courtesy, and the nicest sense of personal honour. Read the rest of this entry »


    How to fire your mistress

    April 12th, 2012

    Even in their vices, overseas Chinese often demonstrate fiscal prudence. When changing mistresses, Read the rest of this entry »


    Nelson Mandela: power of self-worth

    April 12th, 2012

    An abiding conviction in universal human self-worth and fulfillment lay at the core of the remarkable fortitude and accomplishments of Nelson Mandela (1918- ). Read the rest of this entry »


    Fishing with hope

    April 6th, 2012

    Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, “To travel hopefully is better than to arrive.” This could be rewritten for fishermen, Read the rest of this entry »


    Lighting the way for blind and deaf kiids

    April 5th, 2012

    The impossible is only the untried. Motto of the W. Ross Macdonald School, a school for elementary and secondary students who are “visually impaired, blind and deafblind.” Read the rest of this entry »


    Why satisfaction fails, dissatisfaction succeeds

    March 30th, 2012

    Dissatisfaction is a powerful incentive to get things done, especially when it is tied to some goal. Read the rest of this entry »


    Aim for a big goal

    March 21st, 2012

    In his book, “The Spirit of St. Louis,” Charles Lindbergh recalls addressing a group of naval officers on the subject of long-distance aerial navigation. Read the rest of this entry »


    Self-improvement not exactly moral improvement

    March 20th, 2012

    We have elevated self-improvement to an unprecedented level, Read the rest of this entry »


    Meals on wheels

    March 13th, 2012

    God is walking through heaven. He comes to the area of heaven where the mice are playing. Read the rest of this entry »


    Love and beauty in death

    March 9th, 2012

    “Living with people who are dying can be a remarkably rich time that yields valuable insights about the beauty and mystery of life and the things that are most important,” Read the rest of this entry »


    Sex and the single senior

    March 5th, 2012

    “Before I turn 67 — next March — I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like. If you want to talk first, Trollope works for me.” Read the rest of this entry »