Showing posts from December, 2018

"We The People" The Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776

"We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." So sayeth page 13 of this mightiest of declarations.  A Declaration that has stood the test of time, created opportunities for millions of disparate peoples from around the world, grew to represent perhaps the finest Democracy known to man, defended the sovereignty of nations under attack during war and peace, and perhaps more than these, gave mankind a direction to seek and follow its dictates, all written and spoken long before the Age of Reason, Enlightenment, Prohibition, World Wars, Television, The Internet and Social Media by the likes of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston and Roger Sherman; the writing was

Mr. Bill Gates (Microsoft Guru) has commented on Yuval Noah Harari's books.

Bill Gates' reading list is one of significance and a source of knowledge and betterment for those who follow persons of measurable impact on our world. One of his favourite authors is Yuval Noah Harari - a professor of history in Israel - who has written three books: Sapiens; Homo Deus; and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Harari is recognized and honoured around the world. These books are printed in twenty or more different languages and have caused a stir amongst all manner of citizens, no matter how learned they may be, who enjoy reading views of an intellectual nature on global affairs, past, present and future. Mr. Bill Gates is one of us. (Even though his net dollar worth is certainly greater than yours or mine, he's still one of us.) He has spoken and written about Harari on numerous occasions and I thought it prudent to add his comments here: "[...]What does Harari think we should do about all this? He offers some practical advice, including a three-prong stra

"How I Started to Write" by Carlos Fuentes

How I Started to Print By Gary McDonald I WAS BORN on September 1, 1941 under the sign that amateur horoscopians would later predict quite applicable to me: a Virgo. So too were Edgar Rice Burroughs (born in 1875) who wrote: “I write to escape poverty.” and Rocky Marciano (1923) who said: “What would be better than walking down any street in any city and knowing you're a champion?" and Lily Tomlin (1939) who made us all laugh with lines like: “The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.” Perhaps the only entity Burroughs, Marciano, Tomlin and I have in common is our birth date. No, I lie; we all have, or once had a vocation. Almost all people have a pursuit, a calling or line of work, but few write about it. This is my story warts and all. [Many years ago I read "How I Started to Write" by Carlos Fuentes, a Mexican writer born in 1928 and published in several books as well as movies such as Old Gringo, Las Dos

"Backward Glances" by Conrad Black Springtime 2019

I'm honoured to glean the following words written and spoken by one of Canada's gifted writers and financiers after a lengthy ordeal. Perhaps, you will recognize of whom I speak: "...there are a few things that need to be said. The prosecutors have never  ceased to accuse me of being defiant of the law, of disrespecting the courts, and of being an antagonistic critic of the American justice system. Nothing could be further from the truth. [...] Mark Twain famously said that 'a lie gets half way around the world before the truth gets its trousers on.' [...]" "I never ask for mercy and seek no one's sympathy. I would never, as was once needlessly feared in this court, be a fugitive from justice in this country, only a seeker of it. It is now too late to ask for justice. But with undimmed respect for this country, this court, and if I may say so, for you personally, I do ask you to avoid injustice, which it is now in your gift to do. I apol

Travels With Terryl [January 2006]

WHEN TERRYL was very young and the urge to be someplace else was upon her, she acted boldly and signed on with Air Canada, and, as it turned out for her, the itch continues. I never knew that itch would affect me when we met in October of 1998 . But it did—eventually, but still not to the degree that commands her daily thoughts. Why just the other day when touching down at Pearson Airport in Toronto Terryl took my arm and said: “Where are we going next?” I laughed and chuckled about that and only ten days later I was asking myself that same question.  This chapter will recall someplace other than where I live or work, not only as Terryl’s accomplice on layovers around the world and not only on vacations of which there have been many: I will recall business trips to the United States and Europe and record these experiences as having a major influence on me; but mostly on what and how I think about the world and its people. Why? Because it has.  We have been to London, Los Angeles,

"FactFulness" by Dr. Hans Rosling The above link will take you to a site that illustrates numerous peoples' incomes, homes and compares families of the world. He does this showing income and pictorial living conditions all designed and created by Dr. Hans Rosling who wrote " FactFulness" a book that gives us 'Ten Reasons why we're wrong about the world--and why things are better than you think.' I have finished this amazing read and will give it to Greg; after that please ask me for it. In this astounding book Rosling asks us to take a survey of 13 questions about our world and all of its people: How many girls finish primary school? Where does the majority of the world population live? What is the life expectancy of the world today? We have 2,000,000,00 children 0-15 in our world in 2018. How many will we have in 2100?              These 4 and 9 others make up the survey taken by people from all walks of life: 'medical students, teachers, scientists, banke

Buenos Airies to Antarctica and back on Azamara January 6, 2019

This trip will be a once in a lifetime to the bottom of the world and Antarctica. I'll have my tuxedo and hang out with the penguins. We fly to BA on January 4 but the ship doesn't embark until January 6.  There are several days at sea with stops at Montevideo, Uruguay,   Ushuaia, Argentina, Antarctica, Elephant Island, Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, Puerto Madryn, Argentina and back to Buenos Airies for disembarkation.  We'll probably have to have boots when we get off the ship in Antarctica and expect that we will need them on the land/snow/ice way down under. Right now it's December 4, 2018 and 8:30 in the morning and I'm dictating this item on my MacAir, and with Apple magic she's doing the typing.  Terryl had a party yesterday for her Air Canada buddies and told them all about the trip; when I showed up at 2:30 they were very excited and said it was the trip of a lifetime. We’ve sailed on Azamara four times now, each adventure on board and off has b

Moved In and Settled December 1. 2018

I've been living, really living at Terryl's apartment since November 18, 2018 and for the last two weeks we spent very little time getting my clothes settled in the closet. For the most part we cooked, watched some TV, joined a gym, bought some clothes, changed my address on several cards, bought this magnificent MacBook Air that I'm typing on right now and generally had a very good time. I've shown her how to send and receive email money transfers which thrilled her no end. I really should have accepted her invitation some time ago, but I guess I wanted to be close to the Y and the Brampton Golf Club as well as the places and people I've known since 1984 (34 years). I now realize that part of my life, while completely satisfying and productive, is something I will cherish but need to build another. That is one that Terryl and I can build together; and it makes plenty of sense to do it in one abode. This large living room without the great chair I always