The use and abuse of dictionaries

Some folks scrutinize the dictionary for abstruse locutions to titillate the cerebral functions of those who peruse their literary endeavours. This sentence is sticky in a negative way. Most readers will get stuck before they reach the end. That doesn't matter, the sentence doesn't have much to say. But there are people who believe that … Continue reading The use and abuse of dictionaries

Backyard chatter

photo from Pixabay, public domain, photographer not named Yesterday was a beautiful fall day, the first day of fall in fact. We were a group of ten writers gathered in the backyard of a friend in Saskatoon. We were seated in a large circle, duly spaced according to COVID-19 regulations, far enough from traffic noise … Continue reading Backyard chatter

Dorothy Sayers on the origin of evil

The orthodox Christian position is . . . [that] the light, and the light only is primary; creation and time and darkness are secondary and begin together. When you come to consider the matter, it is strictly meaningless to say that darkness could precede light in a time process. Where there is no light, there … Continue reading Dorothy Sayers on the origin of evil

Let my people go

During the course of my lifetime I have heard the Nativity story told in many different forms at Christmas concerts and read still others in children’s books. Some have stayed quite close to the Biblical narrative, others have veered off into the land of make-believe in ways that left me bewildered. Fear not, I’m not … Continue reading Let my people go

Don’t believe everything a machine tells you

One of my bookkeeping clients received the following missive from the Canada Revenue Agency: Re: Source deductions arrears       Balance:  $0.00 Thank you for your recent payment of $-,---.--. (there were actual numbers on those blanks which I shall not reveal for reasons of client confidentiality.) This has reduced your account, but you still have … Continue reading Don’t believe everything a machine tells you

The Malwarebytes fiasco

I started using the free version of Malwarebytes some years ago when my anti-virus program didn't seem to be catching everything. I would run a scan with MWB every now and then and often it would pick up a couple of problems and delete them. They kept telling me how much more the premium version … Continue reading The Malwarebytes fiasco

Robins and skunks on O’Malley Road

The songbirds are back: robins, meadowlarks and others – spring has come to Saskatchewan. Sometimes we can even tell it by the weather. Last Saturday was a beautiful sunny day with a high of 22° Celsius. That would be 72° in Americanese. This morning the ground was white again for several hours and the high for … Continue reading Robins and skunks on O’Malley Road