The Way of All Flesh

The Way of All Flesh

I’ll admit, when I first floated the idea of writing about our views of death, my instinctive reaction was to recoil with horror. “No one wants to read about that,” the little voice inside me hissed. “It’s grotesque and morbid and…” By this time I...
By Any Other Name

By Any Other Name

“A book is simply the container of an idea — like a bottle; what is inside the book is what matters.” So said the English novelist and journalist Angela Carter. She’s absolutely right of course, blasphemous as it may sound to those who venerate the printed book as a...
International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

I’ll admit dear reader, I hesitated writing these words. Not because I don’t support International Women’s Day and what it represents – of course I do – but because I felt as if anything I said about it would be trite and vacuous. Please understand, this...
If Wishes were Horses

If Wishes were Horses

My dear and long suffering reader, I like to think of myself as an optimist, despite it seems, the best efforts of the world around us to pummel that sense of idealism into a dark and pitted shield of cynicism. I hold the opinion that – naive as it may be...
The Art of the Matter

The Art of the Matter

Dear reader, you may be aware that for some time now I’ve been writing a book. This particular vade mecum marks my second foray into the world of authorship, my first of course being the Nobel Prize-winning anthology, “Of Cabbages and Kings: Musings of a...
Kingdom of Ashes

Kingdom of Ashes

My dearest reader, a recent study by the Centre for Studies Created So People Can Win Pointless Internet Arguments, has revealed that internet essays that open with the words “I read in a recent Facebook post…” are horrid, unreadable and ultimately...
Head in the Sand

Head in the Sand

Dear reader, you may have heard the oft-repeated idea that ostriches, when frightened, will bury their heads in the sand to avoid being seen. This belief is common, but sadly mistaken, which is a good thing for our Struthio camelus friends, as that would indicate that...
And Still the Wheel Turns…

And Still the Wheel Turns…

Dear reader, it was bound to happen. I have precious few words to offer you today. The literary “Sword of Damocles” that looms above my head each morning as I pen these missives has finally dropped, leaving me cut off from anything like a coherent line of...
That Way Madness Lies

That Way Madness Lies

If I may dear reader, I’d like to tackle a topic about which I’ve become quite passionate: food waste. The world we live in is full of treasures beyond imagining, both natural and man made and yet, even a cursory look at our behaviour would seem to damn us...
Getting Down to Business

Getting Down to Business

Dear reader, it’s a very interesting experience living here in Downtown St. John’s, Newfoundland. For those unfamiliar with the City of Legends, “Downtown St. John’s” is an area roughly equivalent in size to a washroom in the New York...

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