The Parent Trap--2010--Sep 30

The Parent Trap–2010

I’m quite sure that parenting has become an impossible job.  The other day I went to the dentist and while sifting through the pile of two year old National Geographic and Women’s Weekly magazines, something caught my eye.  It was a newspaper called “Tot’s To Teens—For Parents Focused on Raising Children Aged 0-12 Years.”   There… Continue reading The Parent Trap–2010

Is Passion Sustainable?--Sep 23

Is Passion Sustainable?

Have you noticed how you can’t go anywhere without hearing about something that is ‘sustainable’ or someone who is ‘passionate’ about something? People who are passionate about the sustainability of the English language should be alarmed.  Because overuse of those words has resulted in them losing some of their richness.  According to my dictionary, passionate… Continue reading Is Passion Sustainable?

It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time-Sep 14

It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

Sometimes the news makes me sad.  Sometimes it makes me angry.  And sometimes it just makes me laugh.  That was the case recently when I heard about the Australian elementary school music teacher who unwittingly managed to simultaneously make everyone mad by expunging the word “gay” from a popular song. You may be familiar with… Continue reading It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

Whales and Earthquakes--Sep 7

Whales and Earthquakes?

Update– 13 March 2011–   Japan has been hit by a monster earthquake and tsunami.  The epicentre of the quake was in Miyagi Prefecture.  On 6 March, a week earlier, 50 whales beached in Ibaraki Prefecture, a little over 100 kilometres south.  Twenty-two of the whales were refloated and saved. Update–22nd February 2011.  There has been… Continue reading Whales and Earthquakes?

The Animal Affinity Matrix--Sep 1

The Animal Affinity Matrix

Did you hear the news about the woman in England who was picked up on a security camera throwing a live cat into a garbage bin?  Her motives remain unclear and the cat was rescued before it went to the landfill, but the story generated so much outrage that the cops had to post guards… Continue reading The Animal Affinity Matrix