On Taxis, Trains, Buses and Planes

(Ed. note cum Side note: Since I have now officially taken over the writing of this blog, it is no longer appropriate for the asides to be known as Ed. notes, so I have changed it to Side Notes. These are still critically important, yet mostly irrelevant asides which should be shared with you, butContinue reading “On Taxis, Trains, Buses and Planes”


In light of the horrific weekend in Paris and Beirut, here are some interesting statistics and some articles on terrorism. Children dying from hunger/poor nutrition/water-related issues: on average 1 child dies every 10 seconds, all day, everyday or 3,000,000 per year In Canada, the 2015 projections indicate that 214 people will die of cancer everyday or 100,740 thisContinue reading “Perspectives”

Surprise, Surprise – Special Edition!

Well here we are again. I have been busy for the past two months trying to find interesting anecdotes to share with you. I have walked the lanes of Port Coquitlam, peering into backyards, I have joined a Fitness establishment, I have found a new office and also spent time in a couple of StarbucksContinue reading “Surprise, Surprise – Special Edition!”

Don’t Fence Me – Is it In or Out?

(Ed. note: Walls have been built since ancient times, to mark borders, protect kingdoms and settlements, or keep out unwanted people. In more recent times, walls have also been built to serve as memorials and structures of art – but not in this blog.) The Great Wall The Great Wall is the culmination of many,Continue reading “Don’t Fence Me – Is it In or Out?”

Living In a World We Can’t Grasp

(Ed. note: 3 disparate perspectives today) DESTITUTE SYRIAN REFUGEES IN JORDAN AND LEBANON MAY RETURN TO WARZONE Sam Jones, Kareem Shaheen in Beirut Friday 11 September 2015 As neighbouring nations struggle to cope with scale of crisis, agencies report that Syrian refugees stranded in exile may go back to war-ravaged homeland. Conditions for Syrian refugees in the MiddleContinue reading “Living In a World We Can’t Grasp”

Dangers of Visceral Reactions

(Ed. Note: My original thought was to continue to be a glib, flippant observer of societal ills and, in fact, I was all set to publish my first post in that vein, when a friend sent me the following after an evening of discussion and wine. I will definitely be my old where did thatContinue reading “Dangers of Visceral Reactions”

The Times They Are A Changin’ *

* With credit, thanks and apologies to Robert A. Zimmerman We have now been home for two months and, generally speaking, all settled in to our old/new routine. We have supped, dined, visited and golfed to our hearts’ content. We have watched with mild interest how the politics of BC and Canada are done –Continue reading “The Times They Are A Changin’ *”

Final Impressions

Well this is it. Our final blog from Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China. (Ed. Note: Not necessarily to be interpreted/confused as the final blog posting.)  I debated a long time about what to call this – The Final Chapter, #342 In The List, The Last Hurrah, The Last Good-bye/Blog/Picture Show,  (Ed. note: Strangely enough, the last two times IContinue reading “Final Impressions”