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Posts from the ‘Celebration’ category

The Wild Hunt

In life we have to live with contradictions. F. Scott Fitzgerald said in The Crack Up that, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” Christmas raises the most fundamental and visceral contradictions in me; it’s wonderfully loving and hedonistic but also nauseatingly cheap and shallow.


Twelve days of Occupy

A little over a year ago, a 26 year old street seller in Tunisia set himself on fire. The breadwinner for a family of six siblings, Mohammed Bouazizi worked so his sisters could go to university. Harassed daily by police and the municipality, on December 17th he had reached his limit. With his produce and scales confiscated yet again, he stood outside the governor’s office shouting, “how do you expect me to make a living?” Then he doused himself with gasoline and lit a match.

Register, Please

I’M JEWISH, SO BEFORE I get around to the question of giving and receiving, you’ll excuse me for not fully understanding why people put themselves through this annual gift-giving meshugas…

Mind Travel

I AM NOT GREEDY. Unlike those who made these economic times what they are. I am aware and so would feel guilty asking for a lot…

Bring On The Midwife

IF WE’RE TALKING FANTASY ACQUISITION, all I can think of is pictures. Given unlimited resources and no practical obstacles, I would prefer an original work of…


Painting the town red

THE OTHER DAY A MAN who had just been laid off was interviewed on CBC. “I guess I gotta go home and tell the wife and kids we’re not doing Christmas this year,” he said. Without a job, there was no money to buy gifts. And no gifts meant no Christmas.

The Panacea

A FEW WEEKS AGO, I was sitting in the emergency room of a Montreal hospital, waiting, as one does, and resisting the urge to cry.  There…