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Letter to the Edmonton Journal: uselessness of more violence in Syria

Below is the full text which I submitted to the Edmonton Journal’s letter section. The edited version they printed is here. RE: Syrian chemical attack wakes up west. Andrew Coyne. Saturday 31st August. I have two problems with the West’s … Continue reading

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Lemonade

He took the lawnmower and turned it upside down. Something was wrong; something was broken. It wouldn’t start. He pushed the blade around with his finger, checking if it was somehow blocked. His finger slipped and he felt a warm … Continue reading

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The boardroom

To pay the bills, Jack worked as a middle manager at Sherwitt & Sons, a shipping company. He didn’t like his job; he didn’t dislike it. That was all beside the point. He worked to get a paycheck, nothing more, … Continue reading

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At least aware of it

Out walking with his wife, they bumped into an old acquaintance of hers. On the edge of the conversation, not knowing the anecdotes or past history his wife knew, he was quietly observing this stranger. The woman was slender, fashionable, … Continue reading

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One encompassing vastness

The golf course was cold and its snowdrifts dark in the pre-morning hours. Around birch bluffs and up and down falling fairways curved a pair of parallel ski tracks. Pressed down by a machine, the tracks were the only contrast … Continue reading

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Cheesemonger

Just home from corner grocery store, my sister immediately dug out a wedge and a round of soft French cheese to set them on the window ledge. In Vienna for Christmastime, the sun had remained submerged in clouds for a … Continue reading

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Sociopath – Clueless – Loser

I’m at the afternoon session of the National Farmers’ Union conference and struggling with sleepy eyelids in one of the rows near the back. The session is about farming cooperatives. It’s not scintillating, but it’s not bad either, and my … Continue reading

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