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    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 »


    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 »


    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 »


    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 »


    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 »


    How much money does happiness cost?

    February 29th, 2012

    Study after study shows that inhabitants of richer countries are, on average, significantly happier than those in poorer ones — but there are clear limits to what money can buy. Read the rest of this entry »


    Absolute wisdom

    February 18th, 2012

    An angel appears at a faculty meeting and tells the dean that in return for his unselfish and exemplary behaviour, the Lord will reward him with his choice of infinite wealth, wisdom or beauty. Without hesitation, the dean selects infinite wisdom.  “Done!” says the angel, and disappears in a bolt of lightning. Now all heads turn towards the dean, who sits surrounded by a faint halo of light. At length, one of his colleagues whispers, “Say something!” The dean looks at them. “I should have taken the money.”

    From Absolute Zero Gravity (1992), by U.S. journalist Betsy Devine (1946- ), and mathematical biologist Joel E. Cohen (1944- ).


    A chief engineer saves the U.S. Navy’s Bunker Hill

    December 4th, 2011

    “This is the chief engineer speaking. The ship is not sinking. It is not in any danger of sinking. Read the rest of this entry »


    Lucky seniors

    November 13th, 2011

    We Canadian seniors are the luckiest generation the world has ever known. We are more fortunate than our grandparents. We are more fortunate than Read the rest of this entry »


    Dorothy Rodham, the power of empathy, and the gift of teachers

    November 3rd, 2011

    We can never know how much simple, decent empathy will help uplift and transform lives, nor the power of good teachers to change the world. Read the rest of this entry »


    Best Christmas gifts

    October 12th, 2011

    The best thing to give your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity. Read the rest of this entry »


    Happiness is a garden

    October 6th, 2011

    There is a Chinese proverb that says to be happy for a week you take a new concubine. To be happy for a month, you kill a pig, and to be happy all your life, you build a garden. Read the rest of this entry »


    The God delusion

    September 11th, 2011

    A nice Christian girl brings home her fiancée to meet her parents. Read the rest of this entry »


    The blind man who sees colour

    September 2nd, 2011

    It’s  interesting to have a blind person in charge of making images look better Read the rest of this entry »