Monthly Archives: December 2011

How to write a novel

My regular Thursday morning treat is Russell Smith’s culture column in The Globe and Mail. The columns cover a wide range of topics, but my favourites are those in which he deals with writing — to be specific, the mechanics … Continue reading

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WISE Math vs WNCP: Why your kids can’t do math.

“Would you like your children taught to read by a teacher who could read only at the Grade Five level?” That question (I paraphrased it) comes from Anna Stokke, a University of Winnipeg professor who teaches future teachers how to … Continue reading

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Film Reviews: The Artist, Hugo

Film shares with stage magic the conceit that the audience is complicit in agreeing to be fooled. Just as we go along with the conjuror’s misdirection in order to enjoy seeing the impossible, so do we suspend our disbelief as … Continue reading

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Quote of the week: 2011.12.12

One is happy as a result of one’s own efforts once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness: simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience. George … Continue reading

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Quote of the Week

. . .few care two straws about the truth, or have any confidence that it is righter or better to believe what is true rather than what is untrue . . . . yet it is only these few who … Continue reading

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Splitting the Restaurant Bill

The problem Alice and Brian go out to lunch. Brian drinks only water with his sandwich, but Alice has a glass of wine and a more expensive sandwich. After the meal, Alice leaves her credit card on the table and … Continue reading

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At Last — I’m a Believer

Because atheists tend to rate (unjustly, I might add) a few points above axe murderers on popularity scales, I decided recently to adopt a belief system. Ignoring the indisputable fact that one cannot simply choose to believe some absurd theology, … Continue reading

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