The Love of Lists

  I love lists.  Ah, the moment I check off a task with an exaggerated flourish, there is an immediate sense of accomplishment.  Efficient, effective and documented, checklists give significance to the small, seemingly trivial actions that fill up our days. The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande is an excellent illustration for the merits of […]

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Another Year, but he is remembered…

“But little Mouse, you are not alone, In proving foresight may be vain: The best laid schemes of mice and men Go often askew, And leave us nothing but grief and pain, For promised joy! Still you are blest, compared with me!” Robert Burns Robbie Burns was celebrated this past weekend with the traditional Address […]

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Happy Birthday C.S. Lewis

“We were talking of DRAGONS, Tolkien and I In a Berkshire bar. The big workman Who had sat silent and sucked his pipe All the evening, from his empty mug With gleaming eye glanced towards us: “I seen ’em myself!” he said fiercely.” C.S. Lewis Today, I am celebrating C.S. Lewis’s birthday by drinking tea […]

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Song of the Witches & The Great Pumpkin

It is  Halloween, the night of October 31, the eve of All Saints’s Day.   Some scholars believe that Halloween has Christian roots which have been influenced by the Celtic harvest festival.  Some others believe that there is a connection to the Gaelic festival, Samhain.  Whatever the case may be, I am reminded of two […]

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October Celebration

My dear friend at Leaping Tracks advised me that today the United Kingdom celebrated National Poetry Day.  In 1996, Canada set aside April as the month to appreciate poetry.  Most of us would agree, however, that poetry cannot be limited to a day, a month, even a year.  Poetry allows us to exchange complex thoughts […]

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