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September 23, 2004
This morning as I sat at breakfast I noticed a fellow in another booth wearing a wrist watch set to seven and one half minutes ahead of time. Now would you trust a person who is misleading themselves? Why wear a wrist watch that did not tell the correct time? The man had more than a 10% error. You may want to mislead others now and then but never ever attempt to mislead yourself.
September 22, 2004
It is an odd feature of our memory and of awareness that we want so much to glorify the past. The "good ole days" of what ever era. This may be a natural tendency to help ourselves fathom what is now and what is happening and how it fits into the context of our society and our culture.
September 21, 2004
People of all ages are positively relentless about "fitting-in". We dress alike, follow the same speech conventions and fear being identified as "different." The facts of all life is that difference not conformity is the biological and intellectual spark that makes for a successful society.
September 20, 2004
Without graduating from high school a person's life is pretty much confined so we should pay due respect and honour to each year's graduating class for each individual has made a choice to pick up the challenge of a fuller life.
September 10, 2004
The final selection camp to kick off the new Trojan hockey seasons begins tomorrow. Check out the website and take in the intersquad game Sunday, proceeds to the Terry Fox run. The season's schedule is posted on the web site.
September 8, 2004
For high school and university students enormous over loaded back packs have become the norm. Here is an interesting alternative. A vest, large enough to carry what you need including a laptop computer and cell phone. $55 from FTLComm.
September 7, 2004
There is a powerful tendency with all of us to consider that we are living in a super modern world where everything is so much more advanced. The facts of the matter are that we are living in very primative times and so much remains to be achieved. 55 years ago a car like this (1928 Model A) was our family car, considering price and minor technical development (hydraulis and electronics) a modern car is only marginally better. Medicine, biology, chemistry have only made modest gains in those 55 years and it is time we as a society began to realise that we need to emphasis education more in our world and press a little harder for development.
September 3, 2004
While we were going about our peaceful business Wednesday afternoon 1,200 children and their parent were grabbed by Chechnian terrorists in a Russian town and today more than 200 of them are dead. Is there a point to this? When people lose everything and have nothing left to lose they will act in ways that are a mystery to everyone. Peace prevails here in Canada, but all we need to do to get the same kind of trouble here is ignore the needs of a sizeable portion of the population and give them no reason to remain civilised. Opression and poverty are the ultimate enemy.
September 1, 2004
"if it offends thee!" Shirt labels are weapons of neck destruction and if it scratches, dispatch it. The same goes for the impossible use of velcro closures on inside jacket pockets which makes them almost useless without both hands just to put something into them.
August 31, 2004
Sears Wish Book came out today and after wandering through it I lingered on the toy section and discovered a bunch of US military action figures. I was surprised to see that torture tools and prison environments were not included with the combat training set. Interestingly though, the only weapons of mass destruction were American which does hold true with reality.
August 30, 2004
Though we all admire the industry and economic benefits of the bee we ought to play much closer attention to how it is able to accomplish so much. Bees are social beings able to work in concert with one another for the good of their colony and hence for each other.
August 26, 2004
This morning the fog brought the visiblity down to less than 500 feet. That visual limitation definitely redefines your world. Being upset or worrying about things over which you have no control is just like fog, it takes away awareness of the world around you and the more you look the less you can see.
August 25, 2004
The benefits of a positive life-long relationship far outweigh the risks and occassional problems that might arise. Marriage works and pays enormous dividends in improved quality of life, health and emotional stability.

(Pam and Jon were married in Regina this summer and live in London
August 24, 2004
They are everywhere, doors are as much a part of life as breathing and eating. Each passage leads us from one domain to another. Just as each second moves us through our finite chain of time so each door grants us entry and closes the past behind us as we edge onward in time and toward destiny.
August 23, 2004
Bush and his corporate backers need to keep control of the US government and what might win the election would be a nice new war with Iran. This would explain the insane attack on the religiously significant Iman Ali Mosque in Najaf. Most of the world's Shite population live in Iran. Being attacked by Iran would take the heat off the unjustifiable war in Iraq.
August 20, 2004
The price of natural gas is going to steadily increase. Its time to work out the numbers on replacing your old furnace with a more energy efficient one. Though the initial conversion is steep you have to consider how much more it will be when the gas prices force us to convert.
August 19, 2004
As we see new houses and condos under construction we need to understand that affordable housing is one of Canada's major problems. A substantial portion of our population live in over crowded conditions not because as a country we lack housing but because poverty is not declining as the gap between rich and very poor widens every year.
August 18, 2004
When it comes to laws that are suppose to protect you, you will find yourself sadly underprotected. This vehicle seen on a Tisdale street yesterday has bumpers that are above the hood of most cars and mini-vans.
August 17, 2004
It has been a tough summer to be in the market garden business but now the best produce is available. Today's farmer's market (every Tuesday morning in Tisdale, Thursday in Melfort) was outstanding with great stuff including outstanding saskatoons and preserves. Don't miss it next week.
August 16, 2004
"he that is without sin may cast the first stone" Definitely a scary thought as one reflects on the decisions and actions taken in the past. Shakespeare dealt with the problem in the play Julius Caesar by pointing out that "conscience doth make cowards of us all." Big or little we all make mistakes and it is for us all to accept the simple truth that those mistakes truly make us human.
August 13, 2004
No doubt about it 4-H clubs are alive and thriving in rural Saskatchewan. The Beatty Beef Club had an event in Melfort Thursday and the country fairs continue to exist because of the hard work of 4-H leaders and the outstanding work the clubs do in fostering a love for agriculture.
August 11, 2004
Plans to fix Tisdale's sidewalks are great but their just plans, meanwhile if you are using a walker its safer taking your chanced with the semis then trying to get along the sidewalks.
August 7, 2004
Every encounter with other life forms greater emphasises our own limitations and how remarkably understanding animals are of humans
August 6, 2004
Though we often confound our lives with seemingly impossible problems things really are as simple as daisies. Take a step back from confusion and smell the flowers.
August 4, 2004
Cruising between Regina and Moose Jaw the other day I was astonished to see how many drivers were whistling along at 110K+ with no seat belt. Buckle up.
August 3, 2004
Smoking is not a habit, it is not something people do to be cool, it is an addiction, an addiction that will kill with certainty and every effort must be made to assist people to overcome the addiction. If you are addicted, you must participate in the cure, but you will fail if you try to go it on your own, get help, quit today.
July 22, 2004
Be it building a road or assembling a life, the most important element is the foundation. Everything has to start somewhere and the base is ultimately the most important of all.
July 21, 2004
We constantly redefine who we are and what we are by what we do. Our words and our thoughts are merely interesting indicators, the real evidence is in action and putting words and ideas into reality..
July 20, 2004
For those of you who have started work on your Ark , I commend your eagerness but the Ark is the easy part, its collecting all the animals that will get you down.
July 19, 2004
This the season of the sky monsters. Living, devouring, water based creatures, that can devastate and destroy without any form of consciousness. Do not fear these monsters, but give them the respect they are due and when necessary, hide.
July 15, 2004
Each day is a bridge from yesterday to tomorrow but we often forget that each crossing is one way, no two bridges are the same and each one is its own special experience.
July 14, 2004
If you are looking for a good breakfast with excellent coffee in Assiniboia, I recommend the BAR-B Inn. Bacon, eggs, potatoes and toast all for under $4.
July 13, 2004
The Internet is constantly evolving, both positively and at times perhaps negatively, but one way or another new things come along. This project " the subservient chicken" is an interactive site that can respond with moving images to requrest from you. This is most likely sponsored or commissioned by Burger King.
July 7, 2004
If you are looking for a great place to visit in Saskatchewan this summer, the town of Nipawin should be at or near the top of your list. A beautiful community with a great campgrounds but outstanding fishing and adventures begin at Nipawin..
July 6, 2004
This is Harry H. Hawkins mentioned in Giberville story in the Messages from France story. You can play a part in this outstanding online "virtual memorial" by submitting contributions and pictures to this site.
June 30, 2004
Tomorrow's Canada Day celebrations here in Tisdale 8:00 breakfast downtown, music and activities at the museum and at Kipabiskau Park 1:00 birthday cake, NERPA mobile Playground and weiner roast.
June 29, 2004
High school graduation is a very big deal, not just a right of passage for the graduating student but a point of passage for a parent as well as we can mark our progress through life with each successive rite of passage.
June 27, 2004
The kind of movie to entertain in the spirit of movies of the 1950s we enjoyed Jackie Chan in the Disney movie Around the World in 80 Days.
June 26, 2004
Tenting can be a lot of fun but with the temperature well below +10ºC it just isn't worth the discomfort.
June 25, 2004
"Spark plugs!" who ever worries about spark plugs anymore? They last for a long time. Our car needed them long before we changed them at 254,000 km. but someone installed cheap non-standard ones in our van before we bought it and the damage amounted to about $2,000. So get your mechanic to check your plugs, could save you a lot of money.
June 19, 2004
If you haven't seen Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban better put it on your todo list. I have not read the books so with this being the third installment of the series this is the first one I had some idea of what was going on.
June 16, 2004
Though we talk of politics, business and issues none of those topics define us as thinking sentient beings. It is music, art, literature and drama that set us apart from the beasts of the world and many beasts also claim to be human
June 15, 2004
A business in Winnipeg has this solidary with the United States bit painted on its building. We must cherish our freedom of speech and expression in Canada even when it is ill advised and foolish.
June 14, 2004
Warning: food acceptable, price reasonable at Yorkton's Chalet but it is the dirtiest eating place I have ever been in. Filth is inadequate in describing the condition.
June 9, 2004
This driver has the right attitude. Driving a private vehicle is serious business. Were as many people killed each year in any public form of transportation like the airlines it would be banned, year week after week the carnage continues.
June 8, 2004
This coming weekend in Tisdale it's breakfast downtown Saturday and Sunday morning at the airport
June 7, 2004
No one should shy away from some do-it-yourself experience but in general when it comes to computer technology the cost of self repair greatly exceeds going to an expert. Remember the most expensive thing in your computer is your personal data and files as they are, in many cases, not replaceable. If you get into trouble, contact Shawn at TSL in the Mall.
June 6, 2004
The components in modern vehicles are excellent, this spark plug has gone 257,000 Km. But they don't last forever and will give better fuel economy and performance if replaced.
June 4, 2004
One of life's special pleasures, ice cream. Soft serve available from Chicken Delight, Co-op, Wolfers and Wicks. Mac's ice-cream store at the ESSO near the mall is now open. Best value, Co-op, but no sugar available at Chicken Delight.
June 1, 2004
As a person ages, hips, knees and strength decline in function and its a good thing to have a useful tool like a walker to enable mobility. It is a pity that we did not have a similar tool to assist people with their intellectual activity. People of all ages need a brain-walker to help them to remember the basis of the society in which we live and the collective principles that help us interact with one another. We have laws and regulations that help us define the boundaries of freedom. It is curious to discover how so many want so badly to make things up as they go along. Urgent need for a brain-walker.
May 31, 2004
Riding with no hands down main street? Well at least it is on the right hand side of the street! The bravado and exuberance of growing up is to be cautiously enjoyed.
May 27, 2004
On Tuesday night more than 3,000,000 Canadians tuned in to see Calgary defeat Tampa Bay that many and more will be joining me tonight to cheer for face skating superb hockey action.
May 26, 2004
Young people need summer jobs. The work they do helps them to determine what they like and more importantly, what they do not like. We have a large number of really outstanding people who could add considerably to your business, so give the the student employment centre a call. 873-4257
May 25, 2004
Low interest rates, high demand make real estate investments extremely attractive. A house like this one actually increased its value from the start of construction to completion by about 7%.
May 20, 2004
Play is the work of children and the tools of their work will have a power influence on their development as people.
May 19, 2004
It is remarkable that when they were first developed, the writing machine, was a male dominated thing, then for decades it was used by skilled trained women. In the 1960s ordinary people began using typewriters and they became almost instantly obsolete between 1980 and 82 when word processors replaced them in every office and work place. Now that skill that began over a hundred years ago, typing, is a basic need to everyone, as the keyboard is likely to be a part of computer technology for at least one more decade.
May 18, 2004
After weeks of freezing and near freezing weather today was an occassion and should make us realise just how precious good times are. Each day must be celebrated for the moments that are brought to us.
May 17, 2004
Though many talk of golf as a sport, a game, a type of recreation, it may well be quite a bit more than all of those combined, as it may just be a "way of life." This activity requires enormous practice to achieve even modest success, costs a great deal individually and to a society, for land use, and seems to reflect the social, economic and political realities of the society in which it is found.
May 14, 2004
In Sunday school the children's song "God sees a little sparrow fall it meets his tender view" We have all, at some time, thought of the insignificance of a mere sparrow, but be they a song sparrow, a white crowned one or what ever, there are dozens of sparrow varieties in Saskatchewan each and every one of those special creatures with whom we share this planet.
May 13, 2004
It really shouldn't have taken high fuel prices for us to realise that the internal combustion engine is remarkably inefficient and it is only because of cheap fuel that we have made so little effort to find more environmentally and less costly sources of portable power.
May 12, 2004
Our society seems to worship youth. This is completely appropriate our role in society is support and encourage young people in every way possible. They are the promise of today and all that tomorrow will be.
May 11, 2004
A pharmaceutical salesman and a lady with a cigarette give us a clue about this world we live in. A world where we can not ignore the way chemicals play such an important role in our lives and yet so little is known about their affects on our individual lives and conditions in our society.
May 7, 2004
Though the speed limit is 40K at the north entrance to Tisdale on #35 semi traffic rarely slows to town street speeds until south of Wicks. At the speed this vehicle is traveling and loaded in this manner it would take more than a block to come to a complete stop.
May 6, 2004
Though many of us can't get the morning, or the day, for that matter, going without a cup of coffee, it seems that this little vice is one of the most insignificant problems around. Caffiene in coffee is addictive, but actually improves alertness and may have other beneficial affects. Only a few people such as those with heart problems need to watch out for the stuff, but like all things, everything is best in moderation.
May 4, 2004
It is good to see planning and preparation come together as an idea moves from just that to something real and tangible. For many real accomplishment can be any of the various phases along the way and they are quite satisfied with just making progress.
May 3, 2004
How things look, does matter, certainly its nice to an attractive community for visitors to see, but it is even more important for those who live here, to have a place of which they can be proud. The upgrading of downtown can not come soon enough.
April 30, 2004
At time we simply have no choice but to face adversity, like a mean late April wind, head on and alone but almost every burden is more easily handled if it is shared
April 29, 2004
Each period of development is an adventure, but we often fail to appreciate the shock and awe of adolescence. There is magic involved and in the blink of an eye, a kid is at once a person.
April 28, 2004
You know we all have a choice, we can decide to be happy or we can allow unhappiness and dwell on sadness. The choice is up to you.
April 27, 2004
This lady could have driven her car across town but she chose to walk. Let's face it, the simplest and best exercise available to everyone is the fun experience of just going for a walk
April 26, 2004
Come on folks let's lighten up. This fellow is by no means unique, most kids today are literally carrying to big a burden. It seems hard to imagine the need to carry such huge heavy back packs to and from school each day.
April 21, 2004
A little man, his dog and his mom, what more could one ask for. While both the dog and the mom are certain that they are looking after the little man in many ways he is their instructor as much as he is their pupil.
April 20, 2004
Most of the experiences before a child reaches age four are lost to his or her conscious memory but the emotions and awareness of being loved and being given care and attention are permanently imprinted on both child and parent. "I can't remember, but it was good."
April 19, 2004
Being housebound is hard on everyone but when you are around two it seems like half your life has been spent indoors and with sun and warmer temperatures moms have a tough time walking with short people who just want check out the freedom of being outside.

April 16, 2004
Of all the relationships we develop in life the complexity and yet ultimate simplicity of "parent/child" is the most remarkable. For the most part we all rely upon our instincts as parents to help us do the best we can and those instincts are not only powerful but seem to do the best job available. As a parent rely upon your instincts and don't blame yourself when a child slips up, mistakes are the stuff that produces learning and success.

April 15, 2004
There weren't enough hostipals for us to be born, not enough schools, not enough colleges, or enough jobs, now when we boomers are retiring and everyone is concerned about pensions and medical crisis. Well get over it, it was not our decision to be so numerous and we have done the best we can to adapt.
April 14, 2004
Strawberries, outstanding this year and at a reasonable price. They have been in the stores for several weeks now and providing smiles and "mmmmmmm" feelings since then.
April 13, 2004
If only we could capture and retain the quest for fun and experience that is so much a part of childhood. Making bubbles is important and as adults we don't understand that.
April 12, 2004
We each constantly redefine ourselves by what we do, our work, our interests, our hobbies, our likes and dislikes are part of a dynamic work in progress as we tell ourselves who and what we are. This is why cultural and ethnic identies as well as family heritage plays such an important role in shaping our image of ourselves and the expectations we have in life.
April 9, 2004
All things that we see and all things that we think we know are all illusions created for us from the sensory input combined with our experiences that filter the images and sounds of everyday events into the memory and interprative illusions we all call real life.
April 7, 2004
It has been a hundred full years since powered flight began. Yet for the vast majority of humans all over the planet it might as well be 500 years in the future. The progress of mankind is not what can be achieved by few but what can be achieved by all.
April 6, 2004
Good Idea! As the weather warms and we spend more time outside its time to remember the need to be careful. Sunglasses and sunscreen for us pale Canadians is a necessity.
April 2, 2004
The definition of personal liberty and independence is mobility. It is the responsibility of the whole society to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to move about on their own at their choosing.
April 1, 2004
Not for everyone, but many folks enjoy sending and receiving "e-cards". This is one that was the source of a card I received today to celebrate April Fool's Day.

March 31, 2004
Take a break! When people did manual labour they were aware of the need to rest to be productive. Now with the sort of work we all do we forget that we can get more done if we take some time during the day to rest reflect and just plain goof off. The coffee break gets more work done than almost any other element in the work day.
March 30, 2004
Human life seems so much to be a journey through a series of portals, infancy, childhood, adolescence, maturity, middle age, senior, yet through out all of these period we are faced with many of the same challenges only with a slightly different perspective. It is our responsiblity to meld these portals together so that we all in turn help, support and respect all and each of us as we conduct our journey.
March 29, 2004
We saw our first Tisdale Goose Saturday and today I discovered he was definitely not alone. Geese set an excellent example for we humans. They use their little brains to the maximium, they work together, mate for life and do not consider war a normal part of life.

March 26, 2004
Hamlet and I suffer from a similar problem, we have traditionally put things off, its called procrastination. Bad plan most of the time because when the winds blowing, its cold and you have to move forward you must just do it, march right through all obstacles and do what has to be done.

March 25, 2004
It is a comfort to us all that from time to time computer technology fails us so miserably. There is a moral in this realisation because so many suggest a technological solution to all problems, from medical care to politics and international relations but when it comes down to it all things people make are subject to the frailties of humans themselves and like their creator sometimes failure occurs.
March 24, 2004
Once there were elevators every seven miles on every rail line in Saskatchewan. Only a few remain. One of our readers is looking for pictures of the five elevators that once stood in Bankend Saskatchewan. If you can help get in touch with me.

March 23, 2004
Here is an outstanding web project. Created by Craig Ruf and supported by Saskatchewan Historian Bill Barry the Saskatchewan War Memorial Project is one of respect and heritage importance.

March 19, 2004
Don has just installed a new and vastly improved sound system in the Falkon Theatre in Tisdale, just another good reason to go to a movie now and then.

March 18, 2004
As I understand it domestic cats seem to have come into being during the time of the Pharohs of Egypt. Now since the Egyptians have been linked to aliens perhaps, and this would explain a lot, perhaps cats are aliens.

March 17, 2004
Beside the very bad example the Irish have set before us for their stubborn need to perpetuate gruds, on March 17th we can all be Irish for a day and delight in the music the love of fine literature and the zest for contradictory opinion. "May you be half an hour in heaven before the devil know's you're dead."

March 16, 2004
Of all the things we do and consider important the fundamental importance of family, how we support each other, how we work together and how we verify our very existence, is the ultimate cornerstone of a happy and successful person.
March 15, 2004
"I told him, Julie don't go, but he wouldn't listen, I told him Julie don't go." (The immortal words of Wayne and Schuster) When someone tells you to beware the ides of March, you know you should pay attention.
March 12, 2004
It is doubtful that at any time in history humans have been pushed so hard to be "dehumanised" become statistics, a number, conform and submit to conditions that may indeed rob them of what they truly are. Be ever mindful of the rights you have and guard them by asserting your independence and personal decision making.
March 11, 2004
A telophoto lens does not distort reality but rather brings into focus the complexity of life and events. We need very much to realise that all things are in context and tied together, from the salt shaker to the playground and a young person applying for a job all things existing in relationship to one another.
March 10, 2004
There was a snow storm fatality northwest of Regina this morning. Car hit stopped semi another semi squashed car. You can't go where you can not see.
March 9, 2004
To live life as it should be lived we need to be able to salvage the wonders of the past and paste them into the glittering future creating what is, what was and what will be.
March 8, 2004
There is no basis in past experience or in history that indicates that things always get better. We have that saying that "things always get better before they get worse." Pure myth situations and conditions of all kind are not governed by a positive and negative sign but are occurances that affect the human condition. Without active and cooperative efforts things will not improve but as we have seen in the United States can revert quickly to conditions not seen since the 1920s.
March 5, 2004
Rarely discussed and poorly understood but it is one of the primary functions of marriage: finding things. Without a wife most men would need to buy new products every time they require them simply because they could not find where they last laid them down.
March 4, 2004
I tried the two for $2.22 hot dogs at 7/11 today and two quotes came to mind. From the 1971 movie "Sudden Impact" Dirty Harry says; "God this stuff isn't getting to me - the shootings, the knifings, the beatings. Old ladies being bashed in the head for their social security checks. Nah that doesn't bother me. But you know what does bother me? You know what makes me really sick to my stomach? It's watching you stuff your face with those hotdogs! Nobody - I mean nobody puts ketchup on a hot dog!"
But there is another movie quote about hot dogs. After being in Australia Crocodile Dundee comes to the US and his new girl friend introduces him to a hot dog from a street vendor, he looks at it disbelief and she quotes him when he referred to beans and a reptile while in the Outback, she says : "tastes like s--- but you can live on it"
March 3, 2004
To Quote the fictional character from the original television series "Star Trek" Spock said "There are always alternatives." Got a problem, step back and note what you have tried and consider all other possible solutions.
March 2, 3004
Your most useful mental attribute is keeping an open mind.
March 1, 2004
If you don't know who sent you an attachment, don't open it. Yet another barrage of poison mail is occuring with unusual attachments. Open one of those things on a Windows computer and you are in deep trouble.
Februiary 29, 2004
Today as I was about to go out the door of the house, cameras in hand and a terrifying thought crossed my mind. What if, a person knew ahead what he would see and what pictures he would take, what if there was nothing new, no changes, no surprises. Clearly, variety and change is what life is all about.
February 28, 2004
The temptation to drive a little faster in deep snow is a mistake, keep your vehicle under control and maintain forward momentum but bouncing around thinking you can blast through will most likely see you in the ditch.
February 27, 2004
If you spend even a modest amount of time using your computer learn the basic keystrokes to copy and paste. You can save a huge amount of time sweeping something then copying it and then pasting it where you need that phrase, number or whatever, then typing it out or even going to the menus to impliment copy and paste.
Febrruary 26, 2004
Survival is a serious matter of risk management. Those who are successful have reduced their danger to the lowest possible level. When planning a trip consider the rate of traffic on a route and the route that involves the lowest number of danger spots. When you consider this traveling on the Trans-Canada highway from Wolseley to Virden is a risk factor that should be avoided. Though Yellowhead traffic is heavy it is many times safer than #1 in the Eastern portion of Saskatchewan.
February 25, 2004
If you have even the slightest bit of curiousity about Saskatchewan you absolutely must have a copy of Bill Barry's People Places, Contemporary Saskachewan Place Names. This is truly a useful book with a Saskatchewan attitude and sense of place.
February 24, 2004
I often feel uncomfortable about the obession that permiates the media which seems dedicated to the top and only the top nothing but the top. The movers and shakers of society are rarely if ever the most talked about, most popular or even the most powerful. If you want to understand society you must come to the realisation that the shape of a society is created and maintained by the creative, the artists, writers, musicians, designers and intellectuals with the ability to successfully communicate.
February 23, 2004
Logic is a cruel and difficult master. The basic concepts of Christianity is that God's will is a reality and a mystery to we humans. Observe please the astonishing arguments over the release this week of Mel Gibson's movie about the death of Jesus Christ. The whole point of Christ's life on earth was to offer his life as a sacrifice for his believers, so without the Jews and Romans bringing about his demise the religion would not have occurred.
February 20, 2004
We often over estimate the extent of what leaders actual know and understand about their work. "What did he know and when did he know it?" Most answers to questions like that are already something we know, simply by checking what was said at the time. Prime Minister Chretien pointed out that a few million missing dollars is a small price to pay for a stable country. He did not say a hundred million he said a few million, there is a good chance he knew, but like the rest of us, the staggering amount would be as much a surprise to him as it was to us. Remember also that Paul Martin thought the government did less than a million dollars worth of business with his steamship line when it turns out it is more that $165 million. It is far easier to tell the truth for most people than lie, remember knowledge is power.
February 19, 2004
Child pornography, no matter where it is made, or who has it, is a serious crime. Even SPAM e-mail advertising it needs to be reported to the RCMP. If something comes your way go the RCMP's Cybertip.ca website and tell them what you know. Fighting this crime takes a huge coordinated effort between the public, world police agencies and the willingness to prosecute.
February 18, 2004
In a society where the rule of law is in affect you have to accept it as reality and there is responsibility on you the citizen to report crime but it is also the responsibility of the state to live within the laws it is designed to uphold. This matter is not settled but needs to be guarded and fostered from day to day, year to year, a relentless pursuit of civilised behaviour.
February 17, 2004
If you think there is exaggeration about the concepts George Orwell warned of, things like "Newspeak" and "thought crimes" when I went to get a picture of Castro for Kevin's find of the day I discovered that the "newspaperLinks" I carry on this site's "news sources" page has no papers from Cuba, in fact their map of the gulf of Mexico is empty.
February 14, 2004
The raven is so smart that there might be a good case made for them having the right to vote, pay taxes and shop at the liquor board store but then we all know they are to smart to do any of those things.
February 13, 2004
My big discovery today needs to be shared with you. The manual for a new camera is one and half inches thick. The instructions are complex and detailed. The new camera is suppose to make picture and video taking easier. I am confused. The moral of the story is a mystery.
February 12, 2004
Not miracle drugs, the latest fad diet, aroma therapy or what ever other wonder of the world that comes around can match the restorative and healing power of sleep. Many of us stumble around hyped up on coffee and in sleep deficit most of the time.
February 11, 2004
Politicians often say things like "hindsight is 20-20" or that "give what we know now." When it comes right down to it few people if they were given a chance to alter the decision they made would change that decision. Given the circumstances of the Quebec referendum and the sad condition of the prime minister after the narrowest of victories Gagliano and his millions would do just the same thing even if he could go back and have a second chance.
February 10, 2004
Pay close attention to the actions taken by the Federal government as it attempts to deal with what has to be one of the biggest scandals in Canadian political history. How this issue is dealt with will determine what sort of country we are and what sort of country we want to become.
February 9, 2004
Most of us have a remarkable lack of simple skills. Many things that we deliberately put off or try not to do is because we lack the capability to do that task with ease. Next time you find yourself avoiding something really commonly done by other note that this might be one of those things you do not do well.
February 8, 2004
We as a society are definitely losing our humanity as we gradually lose our sense of humour. The confounded intensity of people to take things far more seriously than necessary is certain to eventually undermine our ability to communicate and enjoy the amazing individuality of each of us. Don Cherry, Janet Jackson, and a host of lessor evils are hardly worth getting ourselves worked up about. Come on folks, lighten up!
February 6, 2004
Today it was officially announced, even though all of us in Saskatchewan knew this sad situation to be a fact. Farm income in Saskatchewan is the lowest in the country and has fallen by 100%. The reason we should think this over is that we don't really need satistics to tell us when things are so obvious, yet without this statistic most urban people who have disputed this as a fact.
February 5, 2004
As hard as we try there is absolutely no way to predict what our children and their children will have to deal with in their lives. It is therefore ultimately important that you make sure that they have the widest possilbe range of experiences and by so doing will develop the skill of dealing with unusual, novel or difficult challenges. That's why we take algebra in school.
February 4, 2004
Superstitions like that yesterday's ground hog day are both a blessing and a curse. They give us somelittle inscrutable explanation for the unknown but offer us nothing but a silly excuse that we are to accept with no empirical evidence. It is good advice to give no credibility to superstitions of any kind, simply a waste of time and emotion.
February 3, 2004
Not so good in math, not a great student in school, but the insight to discover that energy and matter were interchangeable. Not all of us can discover the theory of relativity, or that E=MC2 but we all have the potential to think beyond the prescribed, the ordinary and the expected. Go ahead let the Albert in you have a chance.
February 2, 2004
Far more significant than Janet Jackson's stunt is the ridiculous pronouncements by CBS and the NFL. Isn't it about time that the North American society grow up and leave its adolescenes behind. Half the people on earth have swollen chests yet so much todo about what is so totally normal.

January 31, 2004
To achieve a high rate of probability in assuring yourself that you are a loser, buy a lottery ticket.
January 30, 2004
With the temperature being up and down (mostly down) keep in mind that traction is suspect both for your vehicle and your feet. Give your self room to stop and pedestrians do not force someone into a brake test, it will fail.
January 29, 2004
If you have your car crusted with highway salts you need to wash it off even when it is this cold. Charge into the car wash get rid of that stuff, finish off your job with a coat of wax then, here is the trick we all need to know, use windshield washer fluid on a towel and wipe off the molding on your doors and truck opening to prevent them from sealing permanently. (You can thank Art at Randall Automotive for that tip)
January 28, 2004
When it is cold the moisture is frozen out of the atmosphere and the static electricity will increase in your home and work place. If you are working on your computer take extra precautions, a small static charge can do thousands of dollars in damage to periphery cards and other cards inside a computer.
January 27, 2004
Copywrite law, patents, BSE, Free Trade, world peace, it seems there are no topics that are not somehow involved with the ideological, political and economic struggle between the inhabitants of earth and the inhabitants of the United States of America. This struggle will be protracted, get used to it.
January 26, 2004
In the 60s there was the mantra of the Maharishi who said "ignorance is bliss." Serious concept, for the more you know, the more you have to either worry about, or concern yourself needlessly about things over which you have no influence. Does this mean I am advocating ignorance, I don't think so, but I am warning you that there are perils in understanding.
January 23, 2004
Cool weekend has begun, stay warm and smile as much as you can.
January 22, 2004
The nature of computer technology combined with our increased reliance upon data processed by our equipment means that ultimately we are all on thin ice unless we have an operational system to routinely back things up. Hard drives and operating systems fail so don't put this issue off the cost of a back up system is a fraction of the cost of losing your stuff.
January 21, 2004
Arlene Willows found this great site and I blasted away to my hearts content.
January 20, 2004
The reason most of us are overweight is because we are constantly attempting to satisfy our hunger. Despite the fact that we can get along as we are youhave to accept that obescity is a deadly issue. It is not a matter of guilt, get after this problem, seek counselling, exercise and avoid fast food joints.
January 19, 2004
Good furniture is made to last. The cost of re-upolstering your sofa and chair is money well spent. Most coverings will last for more than twenty years so your cost of recovering can be spread over that length of time and becomes insignificant.
January 18, 2004
For your computer needs in Tisdale you can get printer cartridges at LaCroix Drugs, The Recorder, RWB Communications, Extra Foods, Zellers and TSL Computers. Both RWB communications (Radio Shack) and TSL Computers have just about everything you need.
January 17, 2003
There is mounting evidence that what goes on inside your head is probably much more important than what is happening around you. Good ideas and innovation come not from practical "nose to the grindstone" attitidues but from imagination and the willingness to consider "what if!" scenarios.
January 16, 2004
That sign about the "boil water" is still on the Tisdale Post Office door. It is there because there is a plausible threat. Do not consider this water problem solved until that sign is taken down, positive rumors are dangerous when you are confronted with matters of your family's health and safety.
January 15, 2004
It is a remarkably fine balancing act each of us must perform each day as we weigh what we believe to be facts, our senses, what others tell us and our gut emotional responses. It is no wonder that we as people so often draw such conflicting conclusions to what seem to be identical data. Perhaps it would be wise to cut each other a little more slack.
January 14, 2004
If you are a snow mobiler here is a US web site on the topic. Now here is an interesting thing seen on a Middle East web site.
January 13, 2004
Wacom's various tablets that allow input into your computer with a pen and your regular handwriting. Microsoft Office 2002's Word, Excell, Explorer all have hand writing recognition and Apple's Mac OS 10 uses "Inkwell" technology which has handwritting recognition in AppleWorks, Mail, Safari and other applications. The Pen is back!
January 12, 2004
CBC television has upgraded Monday night with three new and outstanding programmes. Next week if you need a thoughtfull laugh tune in at 8:00 for Rick Mercier's Monday report and at 8:30 Ken Finklemann's Newsroom, great stuff.
January 10, 2004
I am convinced that the people you meet and deal with every day are doing the best they can and want to do the best they can. Few will have motives less than honourable and most will be acting as good or better than you are.
January 7, 2004
Business is business and Canada must come to the realisation that their neighbours do not like us and will treat us like dirt at any opportunity. They have a serious uncorrected problem with beef and are blaming us, its way past time we shut the door on US imports of beef to Canada and it is also time to raise the royalties on natural gas and oil.
January 2, 2004
One of those email quotes of the day; Windows is a 32-bit extension to a 16-bit graphical shell for an 8-bit operating system originally coded for a 4-bit microprocessor by a 2-bit company that can't stand 1 bit of competition.

December 31, 2003
Live to the fullest each and every day of 2004 and laugh as much as you can.
December 30, 2003
The beef industry in North America is integrated and the rate of BSE has gone up 100%. The words of reassurance from the politicians sound pretty much what the people in England were told and . . . well you know what happened there. Sounds like chicken, pork and fish to me.
December 27, 2003
The worst thing about the Internet is e-mail and the plague of SPAM but the best thing about the Internet is e-mail. If you are having troubling using your email, get some help because it is the most useful tool to come along in decades.
December 24, 2003
The New York Times reported today that the meat inspectors in the US only test a fraction of the cattle that are unable to walk at the time of slaughter. The animal that tested positive for BSE in Washington was processed for human consumption two weeks ago. The Canadian cow with the disease was sent to a rendering plant. The Canadian herd and all related were destroyed immediately, the US herd is being quarentined. If you visit the United States take your food with you.
December 23, 2003
After dashing around crowded and overcrowded Winnipeg streets for several days I think that the personal freedom and liberty afforded an individual with the use of the motor car is to high. But even worse is the state of public transportation which suggests urban life is less than desirable with so much time consumed in moving from work to home and home to work.
December 16, 2003
Are you not a little concerned about the fact, and it is a fact, that both Saddam Hussein and Osam Bin Ladin were both former allies of the United States. Is any of what they say about either even remotely or possibly close to being true.
December 15, 2003
These weather and driving conditions are perfect for gasoline system icing. Running your tank near empty to pick up lower priced gas, temperature changes all help to produce a little ondensation and your fuel injected engine is going to stumble a bit. Add some fuel line anterfreeze with each fill-up or drop in some mythanol it will smooth things out.
December 14, 2003
Though it has been some years since we had "daytime running" lights on all Canadian cars there are a huge number of new and late model Chrysler products roaming the streets and highways of the country with little orange lights or no lights at all during the day time. Therefore just because you don't see a car coming toward you does not mean there isn't one there, these Chrysler products are practically invisible.
December 13, 2003
The most dangerous words in our vocabulary are the absolutes. "All", "Never", "Ever" "same" we say them often without thinking and because of such words extended implications, our trival use of such words reduce our credibility and weaken the statement we are making. Whereas more considered "most", "rare", "foreseeable" and "similar" are more precise and accurate.
December 12, 2003
The only thing that prevents the past from repeating is the past itself. The compounding effects of events based on prior events predetermines continuous change.
December 11, 2003
I have decided that my intolerance of offensive odours is no longer something I wish to refrain from expressing and suggest that you too consider this environment issue and also let those who operate places to eat, that if they smell of tobacco smoke, tell them plainly "your place stinks." Politely putting up with the abuse by a few people is being impolite to yourself.
December 7, 2003
Bad manners may cost a society more in real terms than bad behaviour. The social customs that evolved in every society develop for often obscure reasons but by deterimining what is acceptable and what is not, with these customs a society civilises itself. Smoking around non smokers is the best example of complete disregard for the health and choices made by others.
December 6, 2003
The most important part of getting a good picture is the planning and content target you have in your mind. So many confound themselves with worrying about their camera, hardware and fail to have a clear idea of what they want their picture to tell the viewer.
December 4, 2003
In the saga to find the best breakfast I went to the Beeland Co-op this morning, the breakfast was fair but was served on a paper plate. What I did find was Tisdale's worst cup of coffee. Didn't smell like coffee, didn't taste like coffee, seemed to be a brown bio-fluid with a hint of toxic waste flavour. Got someone you don't like send them to the Co-op for coffee.
December 3, 2003
There is nothing to indicate that the Canadian dollar will not continue to rise in comparison to the US dollar while we have to realise that compared to other currencies the Canadian dollar is rising slower than all other currencies because of the close ties between our economies.
December 2, 2003
Of course you can buy stuff for people for Christmas but if you do that you arre missing the point. The value is that it is a gift, selected for some one, the best gift is not the most expensive but it is the most fitting.
December 1, 2003
Tune in to CBC Radio's (540) phone in show Tuesday at 1:00 when Lindy Thorsen will be dealing with the topic of spam.

November 28, 2003
We have a nasty tendency to identify those in society who do not conform, yet it is indiviidual uniquiness that proviides our species with the necessary variety and willingness to take risks so often necessary for the pagent of successful adaptation of unstoppable change. The incredible variations in human capabilities is a strength and not a weakness. Anything that will give an individual a slightly different perspective on reality will almost automatically lead to unseen creativity that has benefit to all of society. It is interesting to note that First Nations people historically valued and made allowances for individuals with mental disabilities.
November 27, 2003
Everyone wants to be "with it" right? Well here is a sure fire way to fit in with the driving public, get a cell phone, don't call anyone that's expensive, just wait until you are in traffic, wedge it in between your shoulder and your head, look distracted and to look really authentic recite the Lord's Prayer, . . . backwards, everyone who avoids being hit by you will say "wow that's cool, he is one of us."
November 26, 2003
Retracted Tip of the Day, after running Mac OS 10.2.8 for several month without a single crash it has been an awakening to have had two crashes in two days with Panther, Mac OS 10.3. Yesterday's was unexplainable but today's was due to have eight applications open at once, otherwise known as a user induced error.
November 25, 2003
The provincial election is behind us but this is not the time to forget about politics. Now is the time to encourage and offer suggestions to the people you have elected. All MLAs and the cabinet will appreciate your input and greetings. Being a politician is tough work and if you want good government, get involved.
November 24, 2003
Keep it clean, it is even more important in winter to keep your vehicle clean than in the summer. The salt applied to the highways and streets to improve driving conditions are pretty unkind to metal so its important to give your buggy a bath as often as you can.
November 23, 2003
Its flu season, if your feeling poorly, keep it at home until you feel better. Honestly we all forget that these things are very contageous and bed rest, fluids and a little chicken soup are better than a prolonged illness for you and your neighbours.
November 21, 2003
Of all the encumberances and obstacles that can get in one's way in an effort to solve a problem or succeed in some project, time itself is the most important factor and the least forgiving.
November 19, 2003
Macintosh users, if you have a G3 (iMac) or newer and you have been putting off moving to OS X nows the time. Panther OS 10.3 is faster, better and offers new screen action that spees up and makes your use of the computer much easier.
November 18, 2003
If you own or manage a restaurant, let it be known, you will lose more business by allowing smoking in your premises than you will gain from smoking customers as we non-smokers are now the majority. Went to lunch at the Blue Sky restaurant in Porcupine Plain but left due to the level of smoke in the place.
November 17, 2003
It took four hours for CBC to television sixty minute of football yesterday. One has to wonder that perhaps instead of paying for television those advertisers owe us to sit through a three to one entertainment to commercial ratio. At some point viewers will turn off the commercials and play cards.
November 14, 2003
We do not yet realise the remarkable loss we as a nation have suffered as our Prime Minister leaves office with an approval rating above 50%. It is unlikely that his successor will rise to anything more than mediocre.
November 13, 2003
If you want to have a great Christmas this year wait. Wait until Christmas, make it a special time of the year, not two months of mush.
November 12, 2003
There is a reason that novelty is one of the most attractive things that can occur in our lives. Our curious minds need new things and so do our bodies. The more variety in our diet the more likely we are to provide ourselves with the nutrients we need to survive.
November 11, 2003
No matter how missplaced the efforts of the United States in its inappropriate aggression in Iraq we must extend to the over three hundred American families and all the friends of those lost in this conflict, as well as the more than 9,000 Iraqis and their families who have lost their lives to please the United States' political objectives, our heartfelt sympathy and shared sadness for this loss.
November 10, 2003
The two most important things about your computer workstation are not the hardware or the software but your chair and the lighting.
November 7, 2003
The biggest problem we have is conceiving the idea of "infinite". Not only is the concept hard to place in the quantifying realm but the whole idea of something being limitless defies all logic. In actual fact nothing is truly infinite, only bigger than the mathematics we have to describe that condition.
November 6, 2003
My way weekday lunch buffet, outstanding quality, now ranks as the best lunch in Tisdale.
November 5, 2003
The fact that you voted in today's election puts you in charge. Don't quit now, the election campaign for 2007 has begun and you make sure your member knows what you want and what you need. Email, fax, telephone keep your member in mind and keep in mind we can make our voices heard. This government and the members of the opposition can not do their work without your continued support and participation in the decision making process.
November 4, 2003
Tomorrow's election will be determined by those who vote and those who do not will have no right to voice their opinion about how things go there after. If you want to be part of this democracy get involved and mark your "X" tomorrow. Polls open at 9:00 across the province and are open until 8:00PM.
November 3, 2003
So your plastic bottle of chocolate syrup is nearly empty and won't come out because it is cold from being in the fridge. If you decide to warm it up in the microwave it will run easily out onto your sundae but don't put the lid on tight and turn the bottle upside down in the microwave. Thirty-seconds is enough heat but set asside about twenty minutes to clean up your kitchen and oh yes, you will have to change your clothes.

October 30, 2003
A fix can be worse by far than the original problem. If you want to have your furnace and the air handling system in your home cleaned, beware of those who pump a deorderant into your heating system. The smell will not only stink up your home, but if you are sensative to petroleum problems or have respiratory ailments, your house will be the last place on earth you will want to be. For only $160 you can have your house turned into a contaminated environment with air quality equal to a toxic waste dump. If you want this for your home, call PowerBrush in Saskatoon 1 877 351 7300.
October 29, 2003
We have all heard that old saying about "throwing the baby out with the bathwater". Elections are like that, we may be disconcerted with the present government, or even the present system of government, but before we dump something out, we should really seriously consider the alternatives. The Romanow Government may have ticked you off, but focus on the abilities of the leader of the Saskatchewan Party for a moment and realise that Grant Devine was a smart guy who got this province into a very big economic hole, just imagine what a dumb guy might do.
October 28, 2003
The learning process involves learning from the mistakes that one makes. Unfortunately the whole idea sounds good but so often we are inclined to lock down a routine or behaviour and often repeat it bit by error filled bit. This is especially true with computer software that can lead to disaster compounded upon disaster. The sign of serious trouble about to occur is the escallation of problems. One minor glitch leads to a failed minor correction that leads to a bigger glitch followed by a more extreme remedy. Before you know it your only solution is reformatting your hard drive. So before not so good leads "well that's it!" pause, take a walk do something to break the slide to doom. Better yet, call an expert.
October 26, 2003
If you are a new user of the Macintosh OS X and would like some help to understand the inner workings of your computer's operating system. Apple produced an outstanding CD and provides a web site to help you with the transistion. For more info contact me.
October 24, 2003
There is something to be said for good manners. Manners have grown out of historical context and convey to yourself and others a sense of comfort in that you show yourself and others that you know what is appropriate behaviour. Gentlemen do not wear ball caps when they eat in a restaurant and ladies let gentlement open a door for them.
October 23, 2003
I regret to inform you that there is no solution to the age old problem of being "unable to see the forest for the trees". The need to see the whole yet be able to concentrate on the details is something we share with all life forms but for us the problem is exaggerated because we tend to add more demensions to most problems so that their complexity is increased while over simplification is just as scary. This is the reason why people need to work together when problems involve "whole" or "details" issues.
October 22, 2003
The provincial election campaign is at its half way point and the results matters. Don't let others make the decision for you. Take a considered look at the alternatives and make an informed decision. Keep in mind that those signs in fields are not an accurate way of measuring the way things are going.
October 21, 2003
Tomorrow is election day for Tisdale as citizens get to voice their choice of members of town council, and the mayor. Make sure you make the effort to go and vote. You will help to make the best choice and your act of voting will commit you to the betterment of your community as a whole.
October 20, 2003
Every person who puts their name up for public office deserves your admiration and respect because no matter how much you may disagree with them they have made a choice to set aside some of their life to serve the public. Some no doubt enter the world of politics for their own personal reasons but in the end they work for us if elected and if not elected their efforts further the democratic process.
October 19, 2003
If you are having trouble getting your hand in your vest pocket, check to see you don't have it on inside out.
October 16, 2003
An honest man will often have to pay for his convictions. I am still getting into trouble with folks for giving Mr. Ribs a bad review. Of course I could have lied but I have to live with me.
October 15, 2003
Talk about credibility! Peter MacKay signs an agreement with David Orchard agreeing not to merge with the Canadian Alliance in order to gain the votes needed to become the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party. Today he and Stephen Harper complete the merger talks, now this is a guy that can be trusted!
October 14, 2003
Maintaining the "status quo" is a losing strategy. Everything is dynamically changing and for each of us and for every circumstance we all must progress with time.
October 10, 2003
One plain burger in both value and food value from the Tisdale RECPLex canteen is better than two A&W teenburgers. Flavour in the meat and lower sugar in the bun make the RECPLex burger a winner.
October 9. 2003
There is harmony in 2, 4, and most of all 16 but conflict in 3, 7 and most of all 9. "12" is compromise but leans toward confusion. Positive supreme in "44".
October 8, 2003
Take charge of this provincial election. Do what you can to ignore what the parties want you to know and concentrate on the issues that concern you and what you want to know. When you know what's important to you drop by the candidate's offices and place your questions. It is your responsiblity to be informed and demand the information that will allow you to make an informed decision.
October 7, 2003
The town has made an effort to repair the sidewalks in down town Tisdale but even now with no snow or ice, watch your step. The street is much smoother, in fact, the average grain field is smoother.
October 6, 2003
Assume everyone on the road has the potential to be crazy and will signal left and turn right, jump stop signs and in general be a menace. Your responsibility is to drive in such a manner that you will have a defensive move for what ever others might do. It will cost you nothing to leave extra room when stopping and don't get annoyed with anyone, if you survive you have everything you need.
October 5, 2003
Digital photography: The most startling advantage to using a digital camera is being able to the take the pictures that would cost you something using film but with digital you have nothing to lose and you just might hit the jackpot and capture and unforgettable image. Night photography is tricky and costly but with a digital camera you can experiment.
October 3, 2003
What you must do, what you need to do, what you can do, so many choices. One of the things that is demanded of you is to access your situation and set priorities for your self. No one can do that for you but without some order and realisation of what is truly important you are destine to bump along reacting rather than acting.
October 2, 2003
Fadora, that's right men, they are making a come back. The hat of choice for Humphrey Bogart is coming back into style. I saw a Detroit reporter wearing one doing a standup about the cool weather early this morning in their city.
October 1, 2003
"Adaptation, adjust, get used to it," all easy things to do but very hard to do. Most of us find things in our lives which seem to fit and it is dramatically difficult to deal with the necessity of change. Upsetting your routine, altering your pattern of life is hard on you and you have to recognise that though you have to adapt, adjust, get used to it, change being inevitable is also uncomfortable.

September 30, 2003
Being able to swim will not help you much in a dust storm and being able to construct a snow shelter will be of little comfort if you're lost in a jungle. Everything depends upon location.
Septebmer 29, 2003
When you read this web site you will have determined that no matter how hard one tries political bias shows up. However, the stories that appear on this site are the views of the individual contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editor. The goal is to strive for balance and honesty, if someone says something they believe, it is only fair to accept their work. Stories that offer nothing more than condemnation with out substance and stories that are pretending to be what they are not, are not posted. But in every case I want to hear what you think and will pass that along in a story or in "letters."
September 28, 2003
Just because the amount of fat in a hot dog is more than a bag of prezels doesn't mean you should eat a bag of prezels.
September 26, 2003
What we think we see and what we think we understand, both demand reasonable doubt.
September 25, 2003
Following the revelation of Mr. Hermanson's hit list there may be a job opening with the Saskatchewan Party as a uniform designer. They need something distinctive but discreet, preferrably in black for their new "Saskatchewan Savage" squads. We also expect bids from rural towns and villages who would like to be host to some modest camps. All that will be needed will be a few acres, huts, barbed wire and perimetre towers. Sirens, guard dog and search lights would be optional.
September 24, 2003
There are things that you can do something about, but there also things over which you have no control. So which of those two categories does it make sense to concentrate your efforts?
September 23, 2003
Computer technology is almost entirely an issue of software and most users run into trouble when they step outside the boundaries laid out by the creators of the applications they use. If you start to encounter trouble, avoid pushing yourself to frustration and confusion. Accept the fact that some things are not going to work for you unless you seek help. The more you wrestle with a problem that is beyond you, the more likely you are to transgress into destructive activity that will cost you a lot to repair the damage and you could lose the most valuable stuff in your computer, the data.
September 22, 2003
When making pancakes avoid grasping the edge of the frypan with your thumb when attempting to use a flipper to flip over your pancakes. That's what the handles are for.
September 21, 2003
For me the pressing issues of the day involve so many other things I sometimes wonder why am I out of step. That's when I discover that the ballhoo over same sex marriage is not a moral issue at all, but a political event demonstrating once again the bigotry of Alberta's party of choice, the lame brained Canadian Alliance. Now we know why the snaps on their shirts, buttons present a technical challenge.
September 20, 2003
With the Canadian dollar moved back to 74¢ yesterday there will be some repercussions and the decline of the US dollar will have direct effects. Gas prices should go down in Canada and up in the US. Any products imported from the US like vegetables should show a modest decline in retail prices. Electronic goods, almost all produced in Asia will remain about the same. Provincial and Federal governments would be smart to stuff as much cash as possible into US debts if the US dollar continues to sink.
September 19, 2003
A major change in the status of Canadians has taken place today as the Metis have been granted rights by the Supreme Court that have been in limbo since 1885. If you want to sort out your status and you may qualify as Metis contact your nearest Metis Nation local. Our nearest centre is in Archerwill.
September 18, 2003
Including what is left of today their are 97 shopping days until Christmas unless you don't go shopping on Thanksgiving or November 11 and then you will only have 95 days left to shop til you drop.
September 17, 2003
Do you sometimes get bored with your same ole' same ole' bit? Its a curious problem that is not only something that affects us with age, but seems to be part of our conscious existence. When we lock on to an issue or topic, that seems impossible to change, we sometimes become a bit frustrated with it and are often unable to move on to other things. There is no ready cure, just check yourself out and see if you are stuck on the same thing and in a loop.
September 16, 2003
Check out the CBC's description of the symptoms for West Nile Fever.

Symptoms are usually mild and include fever, headache, body aches, sometimes skin rash and swollen lymph glands. Severe infection is marked by headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, with coma, tremors, convulsions, paralysis and occasionally death.

Anyone with those symptoms should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

September 15, 2003
As expected the World Trade Organisation summit in Cancun Mexico was a total failure. So it is that we are all getting to experience the 1920s a period when the rich got very rich and the poor got angry, it is a pity that the lessons of history are wasted on humanity.
September 14, 2003
The price of gasoline at the pump is still holding up fairly high but the price of crude has dropped more than enough to result in a reduction soon (two weeks), until then, drive less.
September 12, 2003
We all are convinced that each of us is so totally unique. That's really only a personal perspective because what we are is what we have been and so we share so much with those around us who have lived and experienced the same surroundings for some time. Perception is shaped not by reality, but by our interpretation of what we think is reality.
September 11, 2003
Neighbours, we take them for granted and think we ourselves are good neighbours, but its time to become a little more like Mr. Wilson. Your eyes and your neighbour's will keep your neighbourhood safe. Sometimes minding your own business is just a cover-up of being irresponsible. A good community shares and cares for each other.
September 10, 2003
We have been duped into thinking that technology and advanced science is about to solve all of our problems. Certainly our world is advancing but it is in danger of regressing just as fast as advancing mechantilism is crippling and retarding social and humanitarian development.
September 9, 2003
Statistics show that most accidents occur within a mile from home. Good reason to make sure that seat belt is done up before you start the vehicle.
September 8, 2003
The system of solving disputes has evolved from the days of Henry II with the establishment of "common law" it continues to grow and evolve. It is as good as we make use of it and the constant attempts by the public and politicians to want to invent some other form of conflict management is foolish as it ignores over 1,100 years of adjustments.
September 5, 2003
We are all told that we are asking for trouble to hide a key under the flower pot or door mat as it just gives buglers an easy way in but having to get ladder and go through the bathroom window is pretty embarrassing as well.
September 4, 2003
In Tisdale the best value, nutrition and service are : Breakfast - Hannigan's $4.00, Lunch - Chicken Delight Soup N Sandwich , Supper - Sweet Aroma
September 2, 2003
The time has come for rural users across Saskatchewan to contact SaskTel. High speed wireless Internet service is one of the new things SaskTel is planning to provide to rural customers, they need encouragement.

August 30, 2003
The reason e-mail spam continues to strangle the e-mail process is because we the users are gullible enough to respond to some of it. If tempted, tell yourself to smarten up, don't respond, just chuck the stuff, don't ask to be removed from their mail list that merely confirms that your e-mail address is a valid one. If we all show discipline this scrooge will flail itself to death. But even the smallest number of successful sales with spam will offer the vermin encouragement to keep on pumping.
August 29, 2003
We actually have to remind ourselves of this simple every day fact of life: we are all in this together, everything we do and everything everyone else does affects everyone one way or another. We must always ask ourselves what are we doing to make things better and what should we do not to make things worse.
August 28, 2003
Keep in mind that all forms of communication are meaningful. So if you don't receive an answer or response to a question that failure to communicate is in itself a form of communication. When some official or individual says "no comment" that is essentially a form of communication that essentially tells you to make up what ever answer you want. Though not exactly true the puzzle of evasion is a complex form of bad communication. Humans are social beings and demand and depend upon shared information.
August 27, 2003
This is a secret kept from all teenagers, it shouldn't be a secret because everyone should know and understand that beauty, that thing about an individual that makes them appealing and desirable to all, is not how they look but how they act. Poise, self control, self confidence are the features that make a person attractive.
August 26, 2003
In Julius Caesar, Shakespeare reports that "there is a tide in the affairs of man that taken at the flood leads on to victory." So it is that we all must seek out new challenges and pursue them with vigour. Status Quo is not going to keep you or your mind active enough to see you through with new accomplishments and perhaps even more important, more chances to make mistakes, for it is your mistakes that give you the opportunity to succeed and learn new things. For all activity you must realise that it is rare to hit a home run and you have only a 50/50 chance of getting on base, but you must play the game to be alive and growing.
August 24, 2003
After receiving more than 400 individual e-mail messages containing the "SoBig" worm I thought it best to be sure that it was not coming from me. This and other similar problem virus things are designed to run on Windows machines and my check revealed that it did not in any way affect my Macintosh system. However, Windows users if you get e-mail with the subject heading; Re:Movies, Re:Sample, Re:Document, Re:Here is that sample, Re:details and there are others all with a ".pif" attachment, do not open these things and its time to run some virus software. The "SoBig" worm has its own mail server routine and will go to work sending itself to everyone it can.
August 23, 2003
Of the Bonanza restaurants still operating in Saskatchewan the Moose Jaw one holds the title of best in the province.
August 22, 2003
A good man, Dave Rollie from Mossbank, left us a week ago today. Dave's life and the way he lived it is an example to us all as he moved through life accomplishing things, learning things and sharing what he learned with his legions of friends.
August 18, 2003
So often I am criticised by those around me for making snap judgments and to broad a generalisation based on limited data. I submit that most of us ignore to much empirical data fearing that the obvious is a fact. From the obscure observation department: watch out for two door GM inexpensive cars, their drivers tend to be overly aggressive, particularly females in such cars.
August 16, 2003
One of the serious problems with democracy is that you often get what you voted for and it is distressing to see voters upset because of the consequences of their selection. The Ontario voters elected their conservative government in two elections and the Americans elected their president. Suffer!
August 15, 2003
Gosh what a surprise! The big deal in the United States is "tax cuts" and the "common sense" government of Ontario prides itself in tax cuts and privatising the electrical system. Now I wonder what might have caused their massive black out?
August 14, 2003
If you have an obtuse and belligerent neighbour it is unlikely that he will respect your civility, timidity and good manners. All of those will be considered weakness on your part. Now think about NAFTA.
August 13, 2003
The word "accident" is primarily an excuse for indeed few if any things are truly accidental. What is happening to Africa is not an accident, it is a political policy of more than one international country or of the UN to see the continent depopulated and prostrated for corporate take over.
August 12, 2003
We are not acclimatized to temperatures in the 30º especially with humidity over 40% stay cool drink plenty of fluids and during the mid day, take a nap. A weather channel reported the temperature at Wynyard this afternoon to be 136ºC, hmmm! looks like Environment Canada is not alone in making mistakes.
August 7, 2003
Driving car is not like riding a bicycle it requires continued practice to keep the skills and anticipated timing up to par. The easy pace of rural life and small towns does not keep you up to the level needed for urban or multi-lane traffic. The simple solution is that at a regular interval you need to engage in high density travel with your vehicle to maintain your competence.
August 6, 2003
Small "p" politics seems to consume a major part of the income of any organisation. Though cartoonist Scott Adams illustrates the twists and turns it can take in his comic strip "Dilbert" he is often understating the nature of the problem. Where ever you have more than two people working in a business, institution or whatever you will have "office politics" it is a human thing and all we can do is get used to it.
August 5, 2003
Next Tuesday visit the Tisdale Farmer's Market, great environment and atmosphere.
August 4, 2003
If you are planning a trip to the United States get ready to tough it out when it comes to food. Though all restaurant food his much more expensive most we encountered was also inedible.

July 25, 2003
While I and others extoll the wonders and superb life style of living in rural Saskatchewan it is a reality check to discover that Saskatchewan's two largest cities lead the nation in crime with the most violent crime in Saskatoon and the most property crime in Regina. Not only that Saskatchewan is the only place in Canada where sexual crimes increase in the past year.
July 23, 2003
Much of the time all of us find ourselves "trail oriented" we focus to much on the narrow path we are following and failed both to appreciate or understand the wider world about us. The relational nature of human existence demands that we constantly remind ourselves to look around.
July 21, 2003
We often consider ants and bees as slaves of the ecology and system under which they were born. As social beings our difference from them is only marginal as we often attribute far more autonomy to ourselves than is really the case.
July 18, 2003
Warning: The most dangerous thing to have happen around any form of technological system is a person who knows "a little" about how it works.
July 17, 2003
Most people carry special insurance to cover the glass in their vehicle. Keep your eyes open for stars, small star hits can propagate quickly destroying your windshield. When you spot one get your vehicle to the glass shop and have it repaired, costs you nothing and is much cheaper for the insurance company than replacing a windshield.
July 16, 2003
The beauty of reading is that the reader brings to the material their experience and background often projecting themselves into what they read. Today I got a nasty piece of e-mail from someone who did not read a story written six months ago but simply assumed what was in the story and reacted to it. Oddly enough that is not that uncommon as reading text on a computer screen is a difficult task and you are always advised to print out stuff that looks like it will need some extra thought.
July 15, 2003
Interest rates dropped as we told you they would and with the drop the dollar came down a full cent however the Canadian dollar will regain that penny by Friday and will continue to rise gradually in value as the US economy slips into a recession.
July 14, 2003
Watching television has somewhat upset our appreciate of drama. If you do not like the first part of a play or a movie you have moved to quickly to judgment and need to consider the work as a whole. Terminator 3 disappoints many viewers because it does not have a happy ending,tough its an action flick with a $6.5 million dollar chase scene. So neither the whole or a part is to be the judgment of quality but rather what message you the viewer get from the experience.
July 9, 2003
A tiny reduction in already low interest rates is expected next week.
July 8, 2003
Telephone abuse is growing as corporations indulge in seeing just how far they can push people around. If you get a call from a computer that asks you to wait, hang up. If you get a call from a company telling you they are going play a recorded message to you, hang up. Do not accept abuse from telephone racket operations.
July 6, 2003
You have always been warned about making snap judgments about people as this is a form of stereotyping and is unfair. Please understand that all behaviour is meaningful and if someone dresses or acts in an antisocial manner they are intending to be perceived in that way, therefore it is reasonable to judge a book by its cover. Probability of accuracy well above 90% at all times.
July 5, 2003
It is not your duty to go around spreading sunshine but there is no obligation on you to bring dark clouds and gloom to the lives of others. If you are unhappy do something about it don't make others share in your misery.
July 4, 2003
If you wear a partial plate keep it in your mouth rather than in your pocket when you are fishing the keys from you pocket in a darkened movie theatre.
July 3, 2003
Want a soft ice cream cone in Virden? Forget it, just keep on driving $1.79 for a "small" cone. Fuel on the Transcanada, Swift Current 73.9¢, Moose Jaw 65.9¢, Regina 74.9¢, Moosomin 73.9¢, Brandon 70.9¢, Portage 73.9¢, Winnipeg 69.9¢.

June 30, 2003
Provincial road maps are inaccurate and misleading. Herbert Ferry isn't a ferry its a park, and Echo Valley provincial park is not in a field North West of Pasqua Lake. Oh yes one other thing, for marital bliss, read the map yourself
June 26, 2003
Making a decision is much more difficult than carrying out a task, no matter how time consuming or taxing. It just makes sense to help train young people to make decisions, doing the wrong thing or not thinking through a decision and its consequences can seriously cripple a person's will to accept new challenges.
June 25, 2003
We all know that Burger Baron (Prince Albert) makes a good hamburger but yesterday we were enjoying a great Burger Baron hamburger on the outdoor picnic tables and a waitress came out side and pour an extra cup of coffee for our neighbour. Outstanding!
June 24, 2003
Don't let planning and process results and substance. We some times lose sight of a goal when the means to obtaining that goal becomes an obsession.
June 23, 2003
Put your money where your mouth or is it put your mouth where your money is, one way or another your teeth are really important. Get a good dental plan and keep those pearlies looking and feeling good.
June 22, 2003
There is a reason they call it "Echo Valley" thunder detonations not only last for a while but arrive with real concussive power.
June 19, 2003
Sunscreen and insect repellent are a must for outdoor activity but for simplicity, put up with the discomfort and wear long sleeved shirts and a hat. For unknown reasons few of us ever put sunscreen on often enough or thoroughly enough for it to be any good and avoid insect bites, your health depends on it.
June 18, 2003
We all live within conventions, accepted and agreed structures and the abrasion of "same sex" marriage challenges what we accept as the norm. This is not a trivial thing nor should it be as emotion as is so often the case with discussion about sexual issues but we all need to discuss this and reach some compromise within ourselves that will let us feel more settled and less disturbed.
June 17, 2003
You know how Gerald Crawford blows about the food at Fisherman's Cove at Greenwater, well the food is very good but the coffee is a blend of pavement and industrial waste.
June 12, 2003
Mistakes, they happen all the time. If you are doing a modest paint job and the colour is unimportant check out your favourite paint shop's mistakes. $10 to $13 a gallon and $3 to $5 for a litre.
June 11, 2003
Did you know that Saskatchewan Department of Highways have all weather roads that will take you all the way to Black Lake and even to Uranium City? Saskatchewan's North, the new frontier.
June 10, 2003
Unless you are determined to involve yourself in some self inflicted punishment avoid hardware stores and places that sell home improvement products, paint and tools.
June 9, 2003
Kevin McIntyre pointed out to me today that natural gas prices in the United States are going to rise dramatically, as much as 700% in some areas, that means you can our prices to rise right along with them so its time to think about alternative heating systems and improved insulation.
June 8, 2003
If you see an aircraft and wonder where it is from note the last three letters in its registration on its tail and look it up at Transport Canada's database.
June 7, 2003
Missed it when it was showing in theatres so we rented the last James Bond Movie, "To die another day", it has a couple of outstanding scenes but is absolutely the worst Bond movie of all time.
June 6, 2003
Looking for large reasonably priced Tisdale meal, check out the Pizzarea (formerly the Venice House) their strong point is the quality of their pasta dishes.
June 5, 2003
The facts of life are that we are all doomed, face it and accept the inevitable but while there is still time make the best of the life and abilities you have. The light you shine will warm others.
June 4, 2003
Do not under estimate the serious nature of that single case of one case of mad cow disease. We were assured that our system would do its part to protect Canadians and the Canadian cattle industry. It is clear now that there must have been some problem to cause the death of more than 700 cows now and still not smoking gun to identify where the cow came from or if the feed system is responsible.
June 3, 2003
Listen up, this is a matter of life and death, your life and your death. Either we all get leaner or our days are truly numbered. Obesity is a leading cause of a whole string of life shortening conditions. Get yourself an appointment with a nutritionist, work out a programme and walk or get some active exercise five days a week. There is no magic formula, you have to sort this out for your body, but you owe it to yourself and those who love you. Not only will being thinner make you live longer it will make you live better.
June 2, 2003
SaskTel is promising high speed wireless Internet connections to rural Saskatchewan. If you haven't switched your e-mail from "sk.sympatico.ca" to "sasktel.net" get with it.
June 1, 2003
So often CBC and CTV television journalist and the national CBC reporters and commentators have a serious disconnect from reality. When it comes to Saskatchewan and especially Saskatchewan politics they seemed to have memories capable of remembering ten minutes ago and nothing more. David Orchard is a Diefenbakerite and that populist movement won the conservative a huge electoral victory yet yesterday the press are referring to Orchard as a Maverick, a left winger and all manner of things, You would think they could check to see who voted in 1958, it wasn't Dalton Camp conservatives.

May 31, 2003
The power of people of like minds working together to achieve a goal is nothing short of awesome, first decide what you want and engage others to share in that goal at that point almost nothing is truly impossible.
May 30, 2003
Ontario complains about Canadian Regionalism when any issue outside of Ontario occurs.
May 29, 2003
Migratory water fowl rely upon each other to signal danger and the slightest thing can send a flock into the air. Humans declare their independence and self determination by affecting the behaviour, speech patterns and costume of each other. Is there a connection here?
May 28, 2003
Screen tent, salvation for your back yard or camping. Let the blood sucking mosquitoes go unfed and enjoy the outdoors. ($59 from Sears.)
May 27, 2003
Orville Wright, Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Yeager, Yuri Gugarin and Neil Armstrong all firsts, all did what thousands said could not be done.
May 26, 2003
This is a hard one, try to think of a "good thing" about Mad Cow disease, all I can come up with is that it gives us something to talk about other than SARS.
May 24, 2003
If you must garden do so with long sleeves and a hat. If you must mow, don't even think about shorts, that's just plain stupid.
May 23, 2003
Perfect day today and tomorrow for yard sailing.
May 22, 2003
This is a time for patience. Everyone wants answer about the cow that it was discovered last Friday had Mad Cow disease. Right now there are no answers only more questions. Let's let the investigators do their work and sort out the confusion, right now they aren't even sure how old the cow was let alone know where it was born.
May 21, 2003
This is the year, well the beginning of many, to avoid mosquito bites. Take no chances use bug repellent and cover up, West Nile is not a phantom illness but a real and present danger as the first cases have begun to show up in Ontario this season.
May 20, 2003
Brace yourself the single "mad cow" in Alberta is going to fall on our economy with an impact that could reduce income for all agricultural products in the country. Surprisingly the 75¢ dollar will come and go as the dollar continues to climb up in value.
May 19, 2003
We often trick ourselves into thinking that we are free to do what ever we want but the reality is that choices do occur in life and they are meaningful events but most often choices are really not a choice at all but an obvious obligation
May 18, 2003
The Saskatchewan party and the NDP will be working hard to win the Melfort/Tisdale constituency seat in the upcoming election here is a perfect opportunity for you to involve yourself in the process. Get a membership to one of the parties, go to the nominating convention and help to shape the future.
May 16, 2003
Don't become desperate in search of fun, take life as it comes and that will be fun enough.
May 15, 2003
If you think that everything that goes bad in your life is because of something somebody else did, I strongly recommend you begin a set of plans to make your life better, rely upon yourself. It is so easy to fall into the rut of self imposed helplessness.
May 14, 2003
Arlene Willows from Tompkins found a remarkable web site, so if you missed the 40s and 50s here is a web site with QuickTime playing radio shows from the past.
May 13, 2003
So I patched the tube three times and each time a new leak emerged nearby. Looks like a new tube and tire are the only solution. This only goes to show that being stubborn is not necessarily a successful strategy.
May 12, 2003
Don't allow your reserve, preoccupation or self concern to interfere with your curiousity. The more you experience and sample of the world around you the better you are able to cope and remain aware of change and evolution.
May 11, 2003
Canadians have become predominantly urban dwellers during my life time. Big mistake, the quality of life in rural Canada has so much to offer, certainly there are compromises but for a good life "go country."
May 9, 2003
When all else fails, "read the instructions". With computer software a lot of success can be had with just trial and error, the better the software the better the success for this system but sometimes, the only solution is to peel back the eyelids and read the instructions.
May 8, 2003
Even though we seem to live like we are immortal we must all accept that life for humans as we know it has a 100% mortality rate.
May 7, 2003
Though some analysis's suggest that the Canadian dollar's rise in valued compared to the devaluing US dollar is limited to about 75¢ they are mere exercising caution. The reality is that, in theory, the US dollar once it is realised that it is over valued, could easily descent to its true value and the Canadian dollar's upper limit would rise well above par. Today it will close above 72¢. With the US dollar based on its government's over spending, tower debt, 6% unemployment and massive trade deficit it real value could easily reach $1.56 Canadian. Remember the stock market has already lost 50% of its value since Bill Clinton left the oval office.
May 6, 2003
The other day I suggested using WD-40 on your bike chain. Mike told me that WD-40 will clean the chain but not lubricate it here is his advise: " Clean the chain with WD-40. Then with a very fine oil (I use the same oil I use to sharpen knives with a sharpening stone) apply liberally and wipe off any excess with a rag. Apply this both on the chain and sprocket. Watch the chain over the next while The WD-40 may require a further application of oil soon."
May 5, 2003
When taking a picture through a window press your camera's lens against the glass any spots on the window will be out of focus and there will be no reflection.
May 2, 2003
WD-40 makes the chain on my bike go round quieter.
May 1, 2003
The best chance you have of keeping things straight and understandable is rely upon what is not upon what is said.

April 30, 2003
Just as Walkerton affected the attitude of government toward health infrastructure across this country, SARS has moved medication procedures in hospital up two or three notches and for all of us, wash your hands.
April 29, 2003
The hardest part of engaging in a discussion with someone is listening. Active participatory listening is a high level skill and all of us need to recognise how important it is to refine what is said and grasp the underlying and valuable message that is both consciously and unconsciously being transmitted.
April 28, 2003
Sugar Free ice cream is now available at Chicken Delight in Tisdale.
April 27, 2003
The only thing more painful than going to see your dentist is not going to see your dentist.
April 26, 2003
Definition: Driveby sleuthing - a private detective in a car.
April 25, 2003
Almost everything we know of, to us is in all practicality infinite in its nature except one thing and that's our own time. What little time we have and how we spend it, who we choose to spend it with all are on the limited list.
April 24, 2003
Don't go to Toronto. The Toronto broadcast people are all in Toronto and though SARs is serious it is not the only thing in the world. Far more Canadians will die on the May long weekend in car accidents than a full blown outbreak of this deadly disease. Since the first case appeared in Toronto far more people have suffered horrible deaths from being addicted to tobacco. But for now, avoid tobacco, number 1 highway and Toronto.
April 23, 2003
A surprising number of people believe in absolutes. Not even in mathematics and physics are their clearly definable clear cut situations all things that constitute the reality for us humans are a blend of perception and physical understanding. Fear those who believe in absolutes for they will be prone to commit grievous errors.
April 22, 2003
One of the most important lessons to be learned in kindergarten is to share. It is increasing obvious that a huge number of people either have or should have failed kindergarten.
April 21, 2003
At various times in history we have known of evil, even sadistic people, on this planet, but let us all unite in condemning those monsters who design the controls for VCRs, DVDs, digital Cameras and television remote controls. The untold silent suffers throughout the globe who buy equipment that "does work" but spends most of its life flashing "12:00". The only more cruel and hated individual was the guy who came up with "thank you for holding, your call is important to us."
April 20, 2003
Children are important, if fact they may be all that is important and it is up to us as adults to give them every possible help, guidance and most of set an example so that they might enjoy the best lives possible.
April 19, 2003
The age of the consumable, throw away society has past. Its time now for us to recycle, reuse and make things that will last.
April 18, 2003
Ben Johnson used drugs was caught and lost his medal to Karl Lewis who used drugs and the American Olympic committee hushed up his positive drug tests (three prior to the 1981 Olympics) moral of this story. Professional wrestling is fixed but entertaining, Olympic athletics is just fixed.
April 17, 2003
Last night I was fascinated by a lecture by a Ivan Illich on CBC Ideas who criticised the conversion into a series of "inservice" and on going education. A valid criticism but perhaps an achievement for a society that sees itself constantly struggling to be learners for life. We already know that each person will go through about five careers in their lifetime which suggests that education can not ever be a final solution but is something that we work at from the time we are born until we die. We who are alive must always be bound to Aristotle's "cogeto" "I think, therefore I am." perhaps better put "I learn to keep on living."
April 16, 2003
More and more we must begin to accept the extremely important issue that all things, no matter how trivial are related and interactive. The both emphasises the importance of seemingly unimportant events but also de-emphasises seemingly very important things as elements of reality converge.
April 15, 2003
For those Canadians breathing their proverbial sigh of relief at the Liberals winning the Quebec election, don't for a minute think that the pressure for Quebec independence of history. During previous Liberal governments in Quebec most of the problems the country has experienced over provincial rights and related issues took place.
April 14, 2003
Based on the amount of money lending advertising being done from South of the border it looks like the United States is financing its operations with printing presses. If you are holding American funds in an account recommend you convert them to Canadian or other money quickly That US dollar is in real value over valued by as much as 50%.
April 13, 2003
You do not need to be Ukrainian to eat poroguies, Polish to each Polish sausage, First Nations to eat bannock, all you need to be is Canadian to appreciate the miraculous wealth of culture that lets us embrace each heritage and know each is an important part of what we are.
April 11, 2003
Expect a run on gold pricing this coming week and if you are holding US dollars convert them immediately to any other form of cash as it will lose almost a full cent this coming week.
April 10, 2003
Try to make your computer as friendly as it can be. Though screen savers and decorative pictures in the background are nice they do slow things down and so do many other cute things that come along. Try to keep things simple. That is why we use QuickTime for sound an video streaming, low overhead and simplicity.
April 9, 2003
Some years ago several performers and Dion Warwick did a song called "that's what friends are for" it surprises me to discover how little we all understand about friendship, peer to peer or country to country. Good friends do not expect their friends to become accomplices in crimes they commit and good friends respect one another for the decisions the make. That's what friends are for.
April 8, 2003
As winter recedes let us embrace non-winter thoughts, let the sun into our hearts and minds, for we shall, absolutely must make the best of the blessings at hand.
April 7, 2003
If you get an answering machine or voice mail system, use it, leave a message and make that message clear. I spent more than half an hour and a dozen calls today trying to track down, unsuccessfully someone who left a message "my number is 873 57(mumble mumble)."
April 6, 2003
Watch out stock market players this coming week does not look good. The realisation that a short war is not going to happen will force a selling frenzy Tuesday and Wednesday.
April 5, 2003
Bare face lies have to be ignored. While CNN showed live images of soldiers at the Baghdad airport hiding behind APC and tanks to avoid sniper fire they declared that the airport was under their control. Accept this fact, if a news agencies lies to you sometimes all of what it says is not only suspect but no longer acceptable.
April 4, 2003
When is a deal a good deal? When you get value for your money and most importantly, you have the assurance that the retailer you are dealing with will stand behind their produce with service and support. The lowest price with out service and support is never the lowest price.
April 3, 2003
The LATimes fired a photo journalist for doctoring a picture from the Iraqi war. If the same standard were to apply to the reports from embedded journalists the pages of the newspapers would be blank. I was going to say that they would only have advertising then I realised that this is what they are now.
April 2, 2003
t is the responsibility of the majority to see to it that equal opportunity and equal access to all things in a society are available. There is room in our society for wheel chairs, Don Cheery and guys with ear rings.
April 1, 2003
Never ever give up, inside you there is a kid or the spirit of a kid and the minute you give up on the excitement and wonder of childhood that's the moment when your consciousness is about to cloud over and showers of hopelessness will begin.

March 31, 2003
If someone lies to you and you believe the lie does that make you wrong? Absolutely, it is your responsibility to for your action and if you throw your hat in with a bad guy you also become a bad guy. That makes it tough on everyone but it also makes you realise that you need to have absolute reliable information to make your decision upon. Do you think George Bush is telling the truth?
March 30, 2003
For all the things that we as Canadians consider being part of being true Canadians let us remember and cherish the wonder of our ability to laugh at ourselves and never, not ever, let a situation become so serious it can't be the subject of good humour.
March 29, 2003
We each look at ourselves and our own lives and make an assumption that could be very misleading. What if your family has experienced generation after generation of welfare and high levels of malnutrition and infectious disease, how different would be your perspective and expectations from life. Welcome to the "res."
March 28, 2003
Being polite and reserved is what our parents taught us "seen and not heard" not bad advice but if you want to participate in life take some chances and talk to people you don't know, you will be rewarded time after time by over coming your reserve and interacting with people who like yourself have lots to say.
March 27, 2003
It is remarkably easy to complain about what others decide, though complaints are helpful we have to lift our sights above picking at the leader's mistakes and concentrate on how we might make things better not worse.
March 26, 2003
We all need to test our sense of rightness and wrongness. Those are the absolutes we live our lives by and without them life really has no meaning whatever.
March 25, 2003
The failure of the business and financial world to understand and accept any form of ethics has become so accepted that it is now part of government and the public has come to believe that they too must behave in the law of the jungle, winner take all manner. The demand that Canada must do as the United States says because they are a trading partner is quite simply an "unCanadian" attitude that accepts bribery and blackmail as normal.
March 24, 2003
Financial disparity in Saskatchewan is growing at an alarming rate. Immediate measures must be taken to even things out and raising business phone rates out of the cities is not one of them.
March 21, 2003
The decision making process is really one of deciding what is important. There is no acid test but you have to rely upon your own needs and what your deepest most firmly held commitments are telling you.
March 20, 2003
News flash sports fans, television wrestling is choreographed and rehearsed, so-called reality TV shows like survivor and others like it are edited to create tension and a story line.
March 19, 2003
There is one thing that every person must always have, the firmest grasp upon who he or she is. The cultural identity, your sense of heritage and what that means in terms of what it is that you must both live up to and can rely upon to give you guidance and inner strength. Understanding this will help you to understand the unbalanced and perhaps mass hysteria that is described as Americanism.
March 18, 2003
Speculative investors are counting on a short war with few economic consequences resulting in a modest rise in the market, might be a good time to sell.
March 17, 2003
Today's tip is for United States President Bush, "Can you say Milosevic?
March 16, 2003
Procrastination has some very positive things about it, best of all hard decisions that are left undecided often resolve themselves making them into "no decision needed". But then again maybe not, I'll have to think about it.
March 15, 2003
There is a certain inevitableness about the way things go, or at least that's what we think as we conclude that had Julius Caesar stayed home today a couple thousand years ago he would have just been assassinated another day. But that is simply not the case. Humans and their actions are far less predictable than any of us can imagine and even altering the tiniest detail will completely alter the course of human events.
March 14, 2003
Read. We all have been taught the mystery and with this boundless tool we can escape or educate and all the while push back the horizon and the limits of time and place.
March 13, 2003
Not a shot fired so far and yet all of us are war weary, enough already!
March 12, 2003
The first time I road on the back of skidoo I sat their like a lump we went a few yards and toppled over. You see on skidoos or in life a person has to learn to lean with the motion and adapt to changing circumstances.
March 11, 2003
I have some serious doubts about the adversarial system. Few understand it in the court setting and is it really suitable for these times in provincial and federal parliamentary democracy.
March 10, 2003
Beware of religious zealots, fanatical religion permits the commission of any atrocity in the name of the almighty.
March 9, 2003
The best way to deal with a storm like the one today is to stay in bed and catch up on your rest because there is nothing you or anyone else can do about the weather.
March 8, 2003
You are wrong if you think that your opinion doesn't matter. Though full of flaws, we do have a democracy, municipally, provincially and federally. Perhaps even more and more democracy is asserting itself on an international level. No politician or dictator for that matter can act without feeling the affects of his actions from public opinion.
March 7, 2003
Think warm thoughts, they tell us only a few more cold days. . . :-)
March 6, 2003
Killer tomato soup - One can of generic no name tomato soup, one can of water, a good squirt or two of ketchup, pepper the top with Worsteshire sauce, sprinkle with pepper, dust with powdered cheddar then dust with grated parmesan, zap for six minutes and think Italian thoughts.
March 4, 2003
In addition to the Spring Ahead - Fall Back and change the batteries in your smoke detector routine, reach under the sink and cycle those water shutoff valves. Might save you a bit of grief in the long run. (Today's Tip from Kevin McIntyre)
March 3, 2003
The whole of your world is inside your head. Every experience, every understanding and all reality. It is this simple factor that makes self awareness and individuality so much a part of the world and is the reason organised behaviour between humans is not an easy thing.
March 1, 2003
One of the coolest and definitely useful tools around a house are a pair of the inexpensive FM walkie talkies with a range of two miles they not only cover the house and yard but all of the town.

February 28, 2003
The Canadian news is filled with SeaKing helicopter stories so you might want to hear the SeaKing song.
February 27, 2003
An old SeaKing crashed this morning on the deck of the Iroquois. A decade past the time they should have been replaced perhaps a note to the Prime Minister or Minister of Finance would help a bit.
February 26, 2003
I thought this thing with Iraq would just go away when the US government discovered only they needed the conflict but its not and if I thought by ignoring the situation it would disappear I was wrong and so are you. Looks like we are all going to have to step up the pressure because if one country doesn't like another's leader and thinks its okay to knock him off every sovereign nation in the world is in trouble.
February 25, 2003
You might want to take a look at the 2005 Homecoming web site for Tisdale. Find out what being planned and there may be a way for you to make a suggestion or two.
February 24, 2003
Let us not make excuses for those we entrust with governing and representing us, instead let us offer them encouragement, we will get more out of those people we elect if we treat them with care respect and good wishes.
February 23, 2003
Heah this winter is a bit of a drag so now its time to warm up your brain with some serious thoughts.
February 22, 2003
With 85% of all meaningful communications being nonverbal perhaps we sometimes get a little over sensitive about that other 15%.
February 21, 2003
For every endeavour that one undertakes there is a built in success and failure factor. Each and every thing we attempt is on a scale and the sooner you realise that every time at bat will not result in a home run the better off you will be. Those who settle for doing their best are happy people.
February 20, 2003
There is a serious danger in taking any one factor into consideration. When you concentrate on only one aspect of a problem you are certain to find a solution that is useless. Aviators are trained to keep scanning their instrument panel, if they fixate on any one gage they will definitely make a hole in the ground.
February 19, 2003
There must always be a balance between what is good for the individual and what is good for the society. Clearly when either feel that unfairness is occurring the majority has failed to live up to its responsibility.
February 18, 2003
RRSPs are one of the best bargains available and with the increase to $18,000 year, if you are paying taxes on income this is one of the most sensible things you can do, even borrowing to buy an RRSP is true savings for you.
February 17, 2003
Details are just that, they are details and their existence does not establish their significance to the great whole. When you hear someone talking about being unable to see the forest for the trees we need to wonder is the forest or the trees that are the significant factor.
February 16, 2003
Mark this time in your memory and remember what is being said for historians, if there are any, in the future will measure these days and our age will be judged upon the decisions made.
February 15, 2003
It is really remarkable how so many think that worth while things are easy. Though occasionally some things are accomplished with limited input but they are the rare examples for most things require dedication and the hard work that goes into developing skill that will make the task "seem" easy.
February 14, 2003
Don't waste your breath, if you don't want people to understand what you say, just shutup. But if you are interested in being understood make sure that you are speaking clearly enough that there are a few consonants in your speech. If you are looking for a really bad example of unintelligible speech listen to the message for Melfort's theatre 306 752 5499. Val girl talk may be cool but it is not a reasonable way of communicating.
February 13, 2003
Don't try this alone. We are at our best when we work together, share experiences and learn from each other. Being a hermit is a form of solitary madness yet many people fail to realise that even with other people they are essentially taking the hermit path when they do not open themselves up to others or share themselves with others. Social beings we are and shall always be.
February 12, 2003
A friend showed me his pictures of an outing over an hour's drive from Shanghai, I saw fields and villages. The background of each picture was filled with scenes I will never see in real life and can not imagine. Decisions and opinion are based on what we know and that is just never enough.
February 11, 2003
With almost everything we do and for every action we take the time line of the consequences extends far beyond the event horizon of our awareness.
February 10, 2003
The United States and its people are just simply having a difficult time with the mourning process. They are frustrated and filled with anger and hostility. Their attempts at revenge in Afghanistan failed, the bad guys were not caught, not one person directly related to the 9-11 attack has been arrested and it looks they will simply take out their feels on who ever seems most likely. This is not a pretty sight.
February 8, 2003
Inventing or slipping into the jargon of a particular field is a dreadful condition as the individual afflicted gradual moves beyond this world and into one of their own and their similar lost conspirators, ever shrinking focus. When you start to refer to things by the initials in their title you are beginning to lose your grip, stop your self and say the words.
February 7, 2003
It isn't until you try to do something difficult that you discover how truly primitive modern technology is and the inordinate amount of user input necessary to accomplish even minor tasks.
February 6, 2003
It wasn't until today I discovered the meaning of that fairy tale beginning line, "Once upon a time." With my age advancing I now believe that each time a thing unto itself as I now realise the past is gone and can not be repeated, moment by moment.
February 5, 2003
Introspective analysis of the way you learn and cope is very important. After all it is not how people say you should do things, it is how you do things that matters, so be observant and see what you are up to.
February 4, 2003
What often troubles me is the realisation that the people I have met in my life are good, each in his or her own way are trying to do the right thing. The problem for each of us is not to be good people, but to decide what is good.
February 3, 2003
March 27 in Regina and March 28 and 29 in Saskatoon, the Royal Winnipeg is bringing "Sleeping Beauty" to Saskatchewan, definitely recommended.
February 2, 2003
My personal disaster yesterday was nothing compared to the lose of Columbia and its crew but both situations just make it even clearer that technology is only an assistant to get a real screw up you need to combine human and technological failures.

January 31, 2003
Shake off those cobwebs and get outside, temperature above freezing today in the Southern part of the province but -6ºC here at noon today.
January 30, 2003
I was talking to a fellow this morning who did not want a drill, he wanted holes, now that's a problem.
January 29, 2003
Its something all of us learned in the playground years ago. Bullies do not make either good friends or enemies. Anti social behaviour on an individual scale or as a country is counter productive and leads inevitably to violence.
January 28, 2003
For price and speed Canada Post's parcel post is still the best way to send a parcel from place to place in rural Saskatchewan.
January 27, 2003
When it comes to human interaction big is not better. We need ever so much to localise the interactions we have with each other. Be it dealing with antisocial behaviour like alcohol abuse and driving or petty theft local involvement in law enforcement and the judicial process is vastly superior to any alternative.
January 26, 2003
If you have misplaced or lost something and your wife can't find it for you accept defeat you have screwed up and are responsible for the problem, check your pockets, again.
January 25, 2003
"That wee bit heap o' leaves an' stibble,
Has cost thee many a weary nibble!
Now thou's turned out, for a' thy trouble,
But house or hald,
Thole the winter's sleety dribble,
An' cranreuch cauld!"

Robert Burns
To a Mouse

January 24, 2003
So what new skills or concepts did you tackle this week? If you are not actively engaged in challenging yourself, pushing back the frontiers, you are moving backward. Status Quo is a no go.
January 23, 2003
Pay really close attention to what you say when you are talking to someone about something that is important to you. Their reaction and comments are not nearly as important as what you are actually telling yourself often important things you may not have consciously been aware.
January 22, 2003
Check your tires. In cold conditions there is always a chance that you will see your vehicle's tires sag or a little air will be pinched out around the bead. Under inflated tires can damage themselves and are a fuel problem.
January 21, 2003
Though we know that we can have bad things happen to us, clearly, it is what we do to ourselves that does the most damage.
January 19, 2003
The reason one of the first things someone wants to know about someone they have just met is "what do you do"; form follows function for the most part we are what we do and when a person determines that there is nothing for them to do they rapidly cease to be.
January 18, 2003
Peel and cut up your potatoes (small chunks) spread on cookie sheet, paint or dip in olive oil each piece, bake for an hour at 350º, yummy!
January 17, 2003
Innovation and change are like forces of nature, they are a gale force wind that sweeps through and past present technology.
January 16, 2003
We have been deceived by the miracles of modern medications. There have been great break throughs and improvements but a solution to all problems is not just another perscription. Doctors are caught on the expectations of their patients that there is a pill for everything and despite their patients they are doing their best. We need seriously to reconsider the demands we make.
January 15, 2003
We are not, and shall never be Americans.
January 14, 2003
Working together, sharing both resources and capabilities has enormous potential. If you live on a farm without high speed access don't waste your connection time with large downloads, get a friend with high speed to do it for you, then burn the download to disk.
January 13, 2003
The power outage in LaRonge yesterday and today brings to light the need for every home to have emergency survival supplies. Candles, matches, fresh water, an alternative heat source, flashlight with batteries, battery radio, and essential food supplies.
January 12, 2003
We have Crown corporations in Saskatchewan because they were needed, why is that those corporations today don't understand why they exist and even more important who the owners are?
January 11, 2003
Shakespeare, words well said.
January 10, 2003
I saw a man today with curly hair sticking out in all directions about eight inches from his head and it made me feel good about being bald.
January 9, 2003
It would appear that a CD burner has become an indispensable part of every computer system. The very best available means for data backup, inexpensive and secure.
January 8, 2002
Today it was announced that the communicable disease that leads the list of killers in the United States is influenza far exceeding AIDS. The report indicated that the various flu shots seemed to be producing very poor results with senior citizens. The conclusion one has to draw from this is increased awareness of public health, washing one's hands and avoiding those close contact situations.
January 7, 2003
Bad economic sign. The US government is acting to prop up the stock market with tax breaks and low interest rates, this is a definite and unmistakable sign of deep rooted trouble. Good time to dump that mutual fund investment and find some real valued item to protect your capital. (real estate or a commodity like gold)
January 6, 2003
If you are looking for someone or other people to give you some excuse to go on living you have reached a very dead end, all life stems from within and no one gives anyone happiness they must find that for themselves.
January 5, 2002
If you are on a trip here is a place to avoid. Highway #6 truck stop at that junction of #16 (Dafoe) absolutely the worst stuff to be marketed as "coffee" hot water and food colour.
January 4, 2002
Tires really make a difference in the performance of your vehicle, don't go for long wear, go for traction, good handling and keep them balanced. The money you will save in a set of hard rubber long mileage skidders will be more than made up for in superior gas mileage and safety in a set of medium priced Goodyear tires.
January 1, 2003
Surprise, surprise, surprise we have made it into another new year. 2003 is yours, you have exclusive rights to each and every day of this year do your best with it.

December 31, 2002
If a merchant needs to swipe your debit card more than once be sure to check your bank statement and demand a copy of all printouts. No sensible merchant would bill you more than once but it could happen without his or her knowledge.
December 30, 2002
When is it easier to travel, in a storm or after? Patience and letting nature take its course is a far superior plan than getting out into poor visibility situation. So often people believe they can beat an approaching storm only to waltz into a situation that would be better dealt with in a warm place watching TV or visiting with friends.
December 28, 2002
If you were the recipient of a digital camera for this Christmas one of the handiest and simplest accessories to have is an inexpensive card reader. Saves camera batteries and is a simpler way of handling digital images.
December 27, 2002
If you don't need something it doesn't matter how low the price its not a bargain.
December 26, 2002
Cell phones, PDAs, laptop computers, the Internet itself all show us that we are now in an Information technology age but our physical world is still coming to terms with the transportation age. Innovation without application is of little real practical value when a society fails to recognise its need for cohesive coordination Transportation is the assertion of independence communication is the assertion of interdependence.
December 25, 2002
Traditions are the most important part of identifying who you are and the more grounded a person is and the more solidly that they can view their culture and heritage the less likely they will feel the need to find some thing else to make their lives meaningful.
December 24, 2002
Though some families have a tradition of cameras and Christmas others forget. Take a few minutes and document your Christmas, this one only happens once.
December 23, 2002
Have you got a proper survival kit in your vehicle's trunk. If you don't get busy and assemble one. The basics include: sleeping bag, shovel, candles and matches, first aid kit, extreme winter clothing.
December 22, 2002
First official day of winter so get out the sun tan lotion, remember what Robert Browning said "If winter comes, can spring be far behind?"
December 21, 2002
Internet traffic tends to build up on holidays and this year the numbers of users world wide has reach an enormous number. The Internet can cope and the capacity is there to handle the present traffic levels. Minor slowdowns in accessing popular site is unlikely to be noticeable.
December 20, 2002
We all know the advice we get when we are ill, "get plenty of bed rest and drink lots of fluids." Good advice when you're not sick.
December 19, 2002
It seems almost natural for people to surmise that their level of joy is somehow the result of external conditions. This is actually not so, how you feel, how you see things, if you are happy, or if you are sad depends entirely on you. Make the best of your life that responsibility is up to you and no one else.
December 18, 2002
If you have been paying attention to the latest news discussions about diet you should be confused and let that be a lesson for you. The plain truth is hard to swallow, medical research is in its infancy and so little is known that almost everything seems contradictory and if this is of any comfort, we should expect the situation to be about the same in a hundred years.
December 17, 2002
Civilisation has painstakingly advanced in northern Europe and North America. Since Henry II we have taken one step after another to change from our barbarian roots to seek a more humane way to deal with one another, let us not let a moron trample upon international law and common law. Yesterday the CIA was authorised to conduct assassinations, the barbarians have been among us before and civilisation will triumph once again.
December 16, 2002
Behold, beyond the limitations of ones sight and the ear shot of each us is the promise of unfettered development and infinite relms. Put another way, the old hockey axiom is the promise of the future, "keep your head up and your stick on the ice."
December 15, 2002
Christmas is a personal time of wonder and you will lose sight of the meaning of Christmas if you fret about duties you might think you have to others. Savour Christmas, you can share your joy and happiness but do not neglect your own needs to reflect on the season and what it means to you.
December 14, 2002
Gosh I am still struggling to catch up. Have you been getting a build up in spam lately? I am getting about 100 pieces a day this week.
December 13, 2002
It should not surprise me but it did, someone told me she didn't know how to use email. Time to learn, don't let minor stumbling blocks prevent you from doing things. Find out how to use your email. If you haven't done e-mail start by using a dedicated e-mail application, not Netscape, use Eudora or Microsoft's Outlook Express. The easiest way to learn is get a kid to show you.
December 12, 2002
After watching the Fifth Estate last night on CBC TV I am convinced that diplomacy has a place but at some point you have to quit dancing around and calling a spade a spade and Saudi Arabia is the enemy. As the leader of the so-called free world needs to realise and indeed "make no mistake about that " Saudi Arabia is the enemy.
December 11, 2002
I have to wonder if we are not our very worst enemy. We so often think that this or that might solve our problems when in fact much of what we want is our problem.
December 10, 2002
It sounds like a lot of money, money that could have been used for much better purposes than a gun registration programme that doesn't work but actually it is about $27 for every Canadian.
December 9, 2002
Most really important things have already happened by the time we become aware of the condition.
December 8, 2002
E-mail is one of the greatest modern tools even though the advertisers are making it harder and harder to use. But unless you can send a document as a "PDF" the only attachments you should ever use are "JPEGs". Sending "Excell" and "Word" documents as e-mail attachments is not only almost certain that no one will ever read your document, but if you receive an e-mail message with such an attachment and you are using a Windows machine you are wise to toss them immediately and not attempt to open such e-mail risking contamination of your system.
December 7, 2002
Keep it clean, this is the time of year that you need to pay the most attention to the cleanliness of your vehicle. Salt can do a lot of damage even in cold temperatures and when the temperature varies so much and you go from slush to ice every day or so, keep it clean and perhaps a coat of wax wouldn't hurt.
December 6, 2002
If you want to make a point at a meeting about two important things and say "I have two points to make" be sure not to hold up three fingers.
December 5, 2002
Sometimes numbers are a little confusing, let me help you with this: Some one offers to shovel your driveway for $2 and then you find out that they gave the bill to your wife and she paid $1,000 for the job. That is the size of the over run on the gun registration programme carried out by the federal government and they need more money because the $1 billion is not enough.
December 4, 2002
Politicians are listening and will hear what you have to say and will respond to your concerns. Though the system lumbers along some times we citizens have a serious responsibility in voicing our opinions on issues like the Romanow report, employment insurance, no fault insurance, military spending and lots of other things. E-mail, fax, telephone or use snail mail it is your right as a citizen and everything counts.
December 3, 2002
Extreme discomfort comes from knowing that you have been instrumental in creating your own difficulties. The Free Trade agreement was and is a serious mistake we are suffering from it and its time to consider the six months and out of it because that pain will be less serious that additional agony from more softwood lumber, grain and fishing incidents.
December 2, 2002
The tragic loss of four ladies from the Moose Jaw area last night near Caron Port underlines the impossibility of stopping a heavily loaded semi unit. These things can neither stop nor can they avoid anything in their path so please do not ever give one an opportunity for a full break test.
December 1, 2002
It is all about balance, you will emotionally fall over if you don't make sure there is some levity, some spirituality, some intellectual challenge and some silliness in your life every single day.

November 30, 2002
We each seem to have to find our own way in this world. The process of discovery of what we want to do , what we can do and how best to compromise the ambition with ability is a charmed process.
November 29, 2002
"If at first you don't succeed, try try again." Everybody knows the saying but its validity is not proven. Repeating a mistake over and over will achieve nothing but wasted time and a good deal of frustration. Recommend you limit the number of "try try agains".
November 28, 2002
About fifty years ago it was thought that each person's mental capabilities were a preset thing. We now know that this is simply not the case you can as an adult and most assuredly all ages can actually improve their abilities as we have discovered that what we call intelligence is actually little different than physical ability and everyone has seen how dexterity can improve remarkably with practice and training. This doesn't mean we can all be like Einstein but it does mean there is at least a 5 to 10% improvement available to everyone.
November 27, 2002
What people say is important, the content of speech is a complex form of communication only a small portion of it really relates to the words said. Gossip, for example, is a way a society tells itself what is troubling or what people are anxious about, skip the content of the story, but consider the issues and the background feelings.
November 26, 2002
Many have condemned change for changes sake, but they are wrong, change is the only constant of all variables and status quo is always a backward rather than forward action.
November 25, 2002
We are all going to have to guard ourselves against increased levels of political and economic polarisation. The ultraconservatives, as in the 1920s, see now as an opportunity to turn back time and establish authoritarian administrations, while there is no formalised social opposition to the jackboots gang, the general moderates of society are being forced to think in terms of ultimatums and extremisms.
November 24, 2002
Timing is everything, well at least when it comes to communications. There are good and bad times to handle various types of messages, the times themselves are part of the context of the message.
November 23, 2002
Hearing impairment is not a disability but a blessing. Last night in Prince Albert Super Store my poor hearing wasn't bad enough to filter out "Silent Night."
November 22, 2002
I think I must have got this wrong but it's in the book, it could mean if you drink cheap wine you will go straight to heaven. ("Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."Matthew 5:3)
November 21, 2002
With the way the commercials and retail world are hitting on Christmas it is a wonder the money grabbers of the world have not figured out a way to develop some solid partnership with meek people, perhaps even develop a "meek" franchise. (Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.)
November 20, 2002
Freedom is costly, that is one of the reasons the misers of the world try to avoid paying taxes and advocate more security and more restrictions on all of life. Sharing and putting money to work for us all is the Canadian way and in the long run pays the greatest dividend.
November 19, 2002
Check out David Letterman tonight and see Shania Twain do her "Gonna Getcha Good."
November 18, 2002
Everything, absolutely everything is in context. Because this medium is constantly evolving and taking on new roles the problem of context is particularly confusing. But since the web has the ability to be personal it is and will remain a means of information. Advertising, promotion and sales are all silly ventures that will all come and go but you and others will go to this medium to find things out.
November 17, 2002
Wrinkles, nice out fit then it gets messed up with wrinkles. It doesn't seem to matter what it is we humans seem plagued with little annoying things the degrade good things. Consider making a short list of wrinkle free things, it will be a short list.
November 16, 2002
It is a year since Microsoft introduced Windows XP and right now there are fewer computers using that operating system then Macintosh. Corporations who are upgrading their systems are electing to install Windows 2000 rather than XP.
November 15, 2002
What we think we know is temporal in nature. Awareness is dependent upon information and interpretation of that information and that combination depends one one single concept: WHEN!
November 14, 2002
Historically all young men are warned about the dangers of "wine, women and song" now it looks like all three are good for you.
November 13, 2002
The physical danger some construction and agricultural workers face is definitely a threat but for true anguish nothing seems to beat the emotional bashing of office politics.
November 12, 2002
Have you noticed lately how exaggeration is now consider the normal means of communications when it comes to advertising.
November 11, 2002
SaskTel is migrating all people with high speed or high speed lite Internet connections from "manual" TCP/IP to "DHCP" this will not be a smooth road but expect a few problems.
November 10, 2002
There are enough problems with Netscape now that if you are still using it you might be well advised to move to another browser and another e-mail application.
November 9, 2002
Computer technology is not new fangled stuff folks, it will be twenty-one years this Christmas since we brought one into our house and a full eighteen years since we began using the Internet. In all that time you would think things would work better than they do.
November 8, 2002
The more automation and the more simplified developers attempt to include in products the greater the chance of failure and the more helpless the user when failure occurs.
November 7, 2002
People can give you all the advice that they want but ultimately it is you and you alone that must make the decisions that affect your life.
November 6, 2002
So now you know crime does pay and when it comes to winning elections wars are good also. Its times like this that you have to clean your glasses and straighten your tie.
November 5, 2002
There are two things we cyberfolks must never ever go cheap on. The chair we sit in and the monitor we view.
November 3, 2002
Hot porridge, great for my sore throat and a nice change for corn flakes.
November 2, 2002
This morning I saw vehicles in town with US license plates, one from Michigan and another from Washington State. I felt deep resentment because of the recent border incidents and treatment of Canadians by American officials. We must resist such feelings for it is American to act like an idiot and Canadian to always display good manners.
November 1, 2002
People are good and few if any want to cause harm or want to hurt others. Some will make mistakes and forget that their actions will affect others but in general people are positive but when it comes to attitude - dogs, horses and crows are better.

October 31, 2002
The thing about embarrassment is that it is what programmers call a loop, you earn it, only you experience it and it is always available for instant replay.
October 30, 2002
I told you so!!!!!! Researchers announced yesterday that they had isolated a gene responsible for obesity
October 29, 2002
Saskatchewan requires some form of high speed Internet service to all of the province not just those 3km from a SaskTel switch. The company will not respond unless the customers make demands. Make demands.
October 28, 2002
The ultimate feeling of futility that washes over everyone who shares concern about what happens to their fellow beings is perhaps our greatest challenge to over come as we need always to be reminded that should we stop our struggle we are abandoning our own reality a logical impossibility. With knowledge and awareness comes responsibility.
October 27, 2002
Each single moment is one of a kind, the once and only time what is happening will occur, we need to increase our awareness of the importance of the passing moment and be consciously aware of making that time the best that can be made.
October 26, 2002
We did not post on this date.
October 25, 2002
Today's release of the Kirby report is important but it really fails to address the primary problem. Medical health care needs to be administered by professionals and the real problem with the system is with government attempts to control rather than pay for the system.
October 24, 2002
Recommend that the goings on in Ottawa be renamed trivial pursuits. While serious matters are ignored parliamentarians get worked up over ethics and our own MP puts out a questionnaire on same sex marriage. These people really need to focus.
October 23, 2002
Yesterday a Canadian Yann Martel, won the prestigious "Brooker award" for literature and said this morning about being born in Spain of Canadian parents and making his home in Montreal while teaching in Berlin, that Canada is a multicultural country without a known culture of its own.
October 22, 2002
If you want to get the most out of your investment in your computer, the first thing you need to do is learn basic touch typing. With the keyboard issue a success story the other details are easy to master.
October 21, 2002
Success is dependent upon trusting those responsible for action to be empowered to make the vital decisions about what and how they do what they do.
October 20, 2002
If you treat everyone like they are criminals you are almost certain to turn some into criminals.
October 19, 2002
Even a bad movie is better than being stuck in front of your television night after night so go check out the theatre now an then.
October 18, 2002
Balancing a plate of melted chocolate on top of a glass of coke in the living room probably not a good strategy, anyone know an easy way to get chocolate out of a carpet?
October 17, 2002
Take your body for a walk it needs the exercise, might even help your mind out as well.
October 16, 2002
I've said this before but you don't listen, back things up! CD-RWs are inexpensive compared with the data in your computer, buy one and make permanent copies of your data. Your computer and its software are only worth a fraction of the value of the data you accumulate after only a few months of use. He or she who trusts a floppy also believes in the tooth fairy.
October 15, 2002
The Saskatchewan Association of Health Organisation caused strike has gone on far too long as we are now into the second month, isn't it time the government disband SAHO and reach an agreement with the union.
October 14, 2002
We are trying to confirm a rumor that Monsanto is attempting to develop a genetically modified pink elephant designed to roam across the prairies hunting and stomping on unlicensed "roundup ready" Canola crops, the new breed of pacadurm will be known as the "deschmizeriser."
October 13, 2002
It is your task in life to figure out what is good and aim for it.
October 12, 2002
There have always been good music performers male and female, but you are now alive at the time of what looks like the best performer of all time, Canadian Shania Twain having only two huge albums out has released the first hit from her third mega album. No perform in the past has ever shown such enormous popularity from all genres of music and combined it with such simplicity and well presented audio and video.
October 11, 2002
It is such a rare event in Saskatchewan this year so it seems appropriate to remind you that when it is raining it is probably better to not stand around in it and get wet, well unless you need a shower.
October 10, 2002
Even though the US president has forced the dockworkers back to work on the American West Coast the damage has already been done and the economic effects will spread through North American for two to three months.
October 9, 2002
Being polite is a dandy thing but manufacturers and retailers are not mind readers. If something doesn't work or function properly let them know so that they can fix the problem for you and in the product.
October 8, 2002
Procrastination has a low performance and success record.
October 7, 2002
Zeller's seniors 99¢ breakfast on the first Monday of the month is a waste of time. The place will be full, one waitress and after an hour I left without a second cup of coffee. Paying nothing for nothing is still nothing.
October 6, 2002
The primary and most sustaining inspiration you have in your life is "hope" the expectations we have are more responsible for what happens to us than any other factor.
October 5, 2002
The headline on the Star Phoenix today reads "I feared for my life" just what we need frightened policemen with semiautomatic 17 shot pistols trained only to shoot to kill. If you are in trouble call a teacher.
October 4, 2002
Every time you create or use a piece of paper (document) you are going to have to do something with it. Therefore the wise man can save himself time by finding ways to use his computer to replace paper based tasks. We have known this axiom for more than a decade but persist in "hard copy" the time has come to get over it.
October 3, 2002
You see its all about squeaky wheels and grease. Ron MacLean and the CBC have worked out a deal and all is right in the land. The CBC got more free publicity than it will cost for Ron's raise and Blue will not have to fill in for Ron.
October 2, 2002
If you are wondering why the highways are falling apart here is a news flash. Almost all Saskatchewan trucks are running with year round overweight permits, issued by the government.
October 1, 2002
If you feel that the decision of the majority is always right then consider why you need to think at all or should even deserve the right to freedom of expression. We all warn teenagers and tell them to think for themselves but as adults to frequently we lack the guts to stand up for what we know to be right.

September 30, 2002
If you come upon a vehicle driving erratically, don't pass, your best bet is to keep that vehicle where it can be seen
September 29, 2002
The amount of "Spam" (unwanted advertising e-mail) is not more than double what it was a year ago with at least one Nigerian Scam message a day. The mass of waste is endangering the whole Internet and e-mail process as people will simply lose or not bother checking e-mail as the burden of going through so much garbage each day. No known solution available.
September 28, 2002
We all hear of the scary stories of doctors making errors and we also know they each receive years of training and extended painstaking apprenticeships, yet we head off to the pharmacy regularly buying over the counter medicines most of which we have no clue what ever what they might do or interfere with. Does this make sense? Practicing medicine without a license is far more dangerous than sinking your life savings into a sure bet on 649 lotto tickets.
September 27, 2002
A considerable amount of your brain's ability is focused on identifying and interpreting the faces of others. So, put your best face forward, smile.
September 26, 2002
One voice complaining is an annoyance but many voices will be listened to. This terrifying prospect of yet another medical strike has been created by SAHO who refused to negotiate until the strike occurred and has made an unacceptable offer well below other fellow worker. Tell Mr. Calvert to fix this and do it now.
September 25, 2002
There is a serious lesson to be learned from what is happening in the world right now. An American president who was not truly democratically elected is raising hell and he has more than two full years in office to confound situations everywhere, as he turns back civilisation, perhaps a full century.
September 24, 2002
Sir John A. MacDonald intended to send a strong message to the West when he insisted that the rebellion be ruthlessly put down and the leaders hanged. The attitudes of Canada's first prime minister remain in place today in the federal government of this country and don't you for get it.
September 23, 2002
A glimmer of understanding moves an enormous responsibility unto your shoulders. While ignorance may be bliss awareness demands action.
September 22, 2002
Deer will look at you and their eye reflection will give you an instant warning when driving in areas where they frequent the highway but moose and elk will actually turn their heads away and offer you no warning other then a dark void in your car's headlights. The only defense is slow down in areas where moose or elk may wander onto the road, that will not guarantee missing them but will reduce the killing impact.
September 21, 2002
A tiny village North of La Loche is doomed, water and sanitation are more expensive than the provincial government feels can be paid for and offers free housing in La Loche. The fundamental principle needs to be considered if someone can not be supported where they have always lived demands we consider our societal priorities.
September 20, 2002
Of all the things we attempt to achieve none of those things ranks in importance with the need to educate our children and ourselves. Developing an attitude based on ever improving levels of understanding and expanded skills is the key to adaptation and ultimately our success as a species.
September 19, 2002
In this information age and with agriculture in such a tense situation we need, need high speed access in rural Saskatchewan, on the farm. Yell at SaskTel, they are not listening.
September 18, 2002
Try to avoid sending attachments, unless they are pictures, via e-mail. Most people are very suspicious of attachments because of the transmission of virus and worms. Even if you know the sender you are best advised to destroy on receipt e-mail with attachments.
September 17, 2002
In an interdependent society like our own every part of our lives depends upon "trust." We expect people to bring their cars to a halt at stop signs, we trust our Medicare system to look after our health needs and we expect those we elect to office to be honest and server our needs. But all that trust does not go one way we have responsibilities as others trust us to be honest, pay our taxes and respect their privacy and human nature.
September 16, 2002
Offer a helping hand, do a good deed, volunteer not because it is the right thing to do or your duty but because it will make you feel good about yourself.
September 15, 2002
I have it on the very best of authorities that the movie you don't want to miss is in theatres now "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." Written, produced and directed by a Winnipeg film maker this low budget film is fresh and fun.
September 14, 2002
It is most likely that each of us least understand the concept of time. Certainly we can see it pass, mark its passing, recollect and speculate but where we go wrong most often is making preparations for the past and thinking we know what is to come in the future. Temporal awareness means that you understand what is, what was and await what will be.
September 13, 2002
Being rude has its place in this world even though we know the importance of being polite to one another, when it comes to supper time calls from telemarketers just hang up.
September 12, 2002
SaskPower doesn't always work as we learned last night always keep a flashlight or alternative light source somewhere, where you can find it in the dark.
September 11, 2002
Shorts, definitely short pants weather, it is actually hot here, I know Dave Letterman recommends no shorts after labour day but today we must make an exception.
September 10, 2002
If you are a Macintosh user iMac 300 or above or G3 Pro or G4 do not listen to the hype about Mac OS X, including Jaguar. Talk over the pros and cons of upgrading with someone other than a sale person and discover the few advantages and the many disadvantages.
September 9, 2002
No one, including the First Nations people originated where they live on this land. It is your responsibility to explore your ethnic heritage and appreciates the wonders of being a Canadian able to celebrate our multicultural society.
September 8, 2002
One of the distinguishing features of humans and their other relatives on this planet is that humans make tools, thinks to work and play with that are extensions of their senses, their hands and feet. These gadgets have been with us since our beginning as a species and are indicative of the level of technology of each era.
September 7, 2002
Test yourself, note how long it takes to travel a specific distance at the speed limit then do the trip at your push and rush speed then decide if the time you saved is worth the added stress involved.
September 6, 2002
It just makes sense that an individual or a society should learn from its mistakes. Saskatchewan's heath regions were established to bring efficiency to medical care delivery, they didn't work so now we have bigger health districts, chance of success. . .6%.
September 5, 2002
It was once said that "easier it is for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven." Probably the most positive indicator we have for the here after, given the economic times in which we live it may be in need of some major expansion.
September 4, 2002
With the money grubbing mentality of today's world everyone suspects everyone else up to some scam. You have to be on guard but let us not cut ourselves off from each other because of rampant capitalism.
September 3, 2002
The key to making any change is the decision making process. Put your efforts into working out a way of making a decision. Once a course of action is reached, even approaching the impossible is easier than the original determination of that main issue, what do you want?
September 2, 2002
Please let us all stop griping about the Prime Minister's legacy, let him push on, it might do some real good.
September 1, 2002
Each of us clings to life in a very precarious and sometimes fragile thread that just as easily be severed as continues to hold on despite all that happens. You have no control over the strength of that thread only how you live each moment while it still holds you life on the positive side.

August 31, 2002
Each of us establish reasonable expectations and when conditions fall short we are faced with disappointment. Clearly, disappointment is one of the most difficult emotions to deal with but deal with it we must, the key factor is setting that behind you and establishing new goals as there are specific limits beyond which we have no control. As in all things we must grieve loss and work toward acceptance and hope.
August 30, 2002
Went over a menu for a restaurant in St. John's Newfoundland this morning, no wonder those folks are having a hard time of it with food prices that high. Recommendation, if you are planning a trip to the Rock, make sure you have lots of money, or a fresh credit card, because it looks like one expensive place to dine.
August 29, 2002
Optimism may well be as dangerous as pessimism when both rely upon feelings instead of empirical evidence.
August 28, 2002
Your memory is not a hard wired system but is a learned and practiced activity. The more you use your memory the better it will become. Paper is a curse.
August 27, 2002
Don't erase a return telephone number from your answering machine or messaging service until you know you wrote down the right number.
August 26, 2002
Stubborn and relentless attempts to carry out a task might be admirable in some fields but when it come to old computers it is a definite liability. Most old computers should be labeled " do not resuscitate."
August 24, 2002
Our failure as a society is not upon our inability to produce dramatic changes and improvements but it is our inability to reach agreement on what to do.
August 23, 2002
Listen to yourself, your most valuable resource is your own awareness and experience. All that you are is dependent on you making the very best use you can of what you have.
August 22, 2002
I would like to propose that all those who restructure, down size, find the synergy and involve all steak holders; be highlighted and deleted.
August 21, 2002
Out of balance tires on your vehicle will rob you of gas mileage and do damage to your suspension. Get them balanced or replacement will save you money.
August 20, 2002
Looks like a good time to park the car and spend some time at home as gasoline prices are likely to rise substantially during the next three to four weeks.
August 19, 2002
It is just common sense, if you plan to sell here you had better buy here.
August 18, 2002
Grain futures, the stock market is a dangerous place but with the level of commodities available grain is a good investment.
August 17, 2002
"Your point being?" we ask that question perhaps nonverbally but we do and so does everyone else, it seems we actually believe that everything should be focused or aimed, but the reality is that sometimes things are said that are just said, relevant commentary on the state of the reality we perceive and there is no point.
August 16, 2002
Before you install that set of lights or light fixture, check to see that they work before you go to that wasted effort.
August 15, 2002
No matter what the US congress says, Alexander Graham Bell did invent the telephone, but alas this great invention is no longer a useful part of our world, as another invention, automated answering systems and voice mail have destroyed is functionality.
August 14, 2002
It is truly remarkable that people are more likely to act upon what they believe rather than what they know for certain.
August 13, 2002
Blueberries in season and they are berry berry good.
August 12, 2002
Once upon a time not long ago or far away the churches stood for good, they condemned evil and deserved our respect, but that was and is a fairy tale.
August 11, 2002
Ultimately you only have two choices in life, please no one, or please yourself.
August 10, 2002
Demonstrable potency, attracting a potential mate is the primary concern of the single male and in today's technological world that could mean a car stereo that can be heard blocks away or no actual muffler on your pickup truck.
August 9, 2002
The reason you are not a multimillionaire corporate executive is simple, you are to honest for the job.
August 8, 2002
Accentuate the positive from the negative. Example: Is it good luck if you see a black cat and it doesn't cross your path?
August 7, 2002
All this talk about political leadership is ridiculous, an intelligent actively involved voting public must assume full leadership in a democratic society only dictatorships need strong leaders.
August 6, 2002
Cutbacks, You want cutbacks, I'll give you cutbacks, let's cut the number of days in the week from seven to six. That would give us five extra days for an end of year party, we would have sixty weeks in the year with five weeks a month with an even thirty days each and every month. Look at the saving we would no longer have to remember that "thirty days hath September. . ." bit. On top of that, we could get rid of the worst day of the week, Monday, and have five weekends every month with a four day work week.
August 5, 2002
Scientists believe the development of an opposable thumb is the most significant evolutionary break through in hominoids but they are wrong it was the seat. Just try sitting on your thumb.
August 4, 2002
In the movie "A Few Good Men" the character played by Jack Nicholson spits out the line, "the truth, you can't handle the truth." He's right.
August 3, 2002
When we realise that commercials offer the best entertainment value on television we have to wonder what we have allowed to happen to this powerful medium.
August 2, 2002
Climatic and weather conditions next year will be similar to this year or even more likely to be very close to what we experienced last year.
August 1, 2002
Salt Lake City Winter Olympics sets new standard for athletic competition as Russian mobster is arrested on charges of rigging figure skating judging.

July 31, 2002
Knowing what could have been also tells us what can be. Don't give up on your dreams, without them you will have a lessor future.
July 30, 2002
The best piece of electronic equipment to own is something that you know how to operate. The worse piece of electronic equipment is any machine that has a clock LED blinking 12:00.
July 29, 2002
Here is how to make telephone solicitation go away. Don't buy, not anything, as a result of telephone marketing and tell your friends to follow our example.
July 28, 2002
The most help you can give anyone is encouragement and affirmation of the efforts they are making.
July 27, 2002
Are you constantly at odds with your watch, clock or timepiece? Make time your ally not your enemy.
July 26, 2002
Long term planning is grossly over valued.
July 25, 2002
Extend the index finger on your right hand, nice and straight now, then with a flourish straighten your elbow as you direct your finger toward the unknown, you will have made "a good point."
July 24, 2002
If you encounter someone who stutters, ignore the problem, do everything you can to seem unperturbed by waiting for the words to come, look as relaxed as you can so the speaker can let the momentary tension dissipate and please do not complete the words or sentences for the person. This is a time to be really patient.
July 23, 2002
The reason for so many radio stations playing old music is because new music has been so bad, but that trend is changing and so is the music.
July 22, 2002
Is it true that if you don't move your lips when you read silently you are to advanced to appreciate the Alberta Report (now called Report) magazine?
July 21, 2002
If you want to make this a summer to remember, go to the library once a week, share the experience with your children.
July 20, 2002
Not everything can be fixed. Though doctors often prescribe medication that is harmful to their patients they are responding to the patient's request for help, Be careful what you ask for.
July 19, 2002
A home run, a hole in one, a hat trick, a perfect chocolate chip cookie, total success happens only now and then so savour those moments of glory they each must tide you over until fortune smiles on you once again.
July 18, 2002
If you get a chance to talk to the Premier and his tour group or the leader of the opposition and his people who are both touring the province, give them a big smile and offer them encouragement, it will get more done than complaining.
July 17, 2002
Words are what's left after you have been thinking.
July 16, 2002
If you want to know what's happening in Whitehorse Yukon go to CBC's web site and you can tune in with real audio 24 hrs a day.
July 15, 2002
Though we all like to accentuate the practical value of some retail product, for it to be "really" good it must have a special "toy" value.
July 14, 2002
It is human nature as a simple matter of memory efficiency to look for and find patterns in all things. This inherent organisation is a distinction of being human.
July 13, 2002
Well priming the rain gauge worked and we got a light shower this morning but since there was already water in the rain gauge we don't know how much rain fell.
July 12, 2002
Civilisation is not inevitably bound to progress. Time moves forward but a disturbing element of every society is determined to turn back from the future seeking solutions from the past often without realising those solutions lead to this present.
July 11, 2002
It works with a pump so last night I primed the rain gauge. Didn't want to overdo it just an inch.
July 10, 2002
If you drink "Coca Cola" check that label you may be buying furniture polish, lemon flavoured Coke, absolutely the most disgusting soft drink ever.
July 8, 2002
Why do so many consider health care unsustainable? Subsidies and tax cuts are all considered sustainable, why not human life?
July 7, 2002
If you are a smoker there may be no need for you to go through the rigours of quitting, that is if you also use a cell phone when you are driving a vehicle.
July 6, 2002
Just talk to people, every encounter offers you the opportunity to learn something new or gain insight into another point of view.
July 5, 2002
Hang up, telemarketing is an intrusion on your privacy and you are not obliged in any way to listen to advertising.
July 4, 2002
Like the muscles in your body, your memory is reliant upon exercise and skills training. Do not rely upon a single input, back up important stuff with other channels, if its auditory, associate with a visual, or text. The more detail the easier it is for the memory to construct the cross references that will retain the important facts.
July 3, 2002
Almost every modern car comes with "overdrive" and almost everyone operates their vehicle in this transmission setting. The thing will last longer if you operate it in "Drive" when driving around town or in a city.
July 2, 2002
Self reliance is an excellent attribute for hermits, but do you know any hermits? If you do they are probably not hermits.
July 1, 2002
Enjoyment and fun are a result of the decision making process and not reliant upon something you buy or contrive.

June 30, 2002
We can all tolerate just about any character flaw in the people we meet but the hardest to cope with and the least acceptable behaviour is that of bad manners.
June 29, 2002
The barber told me, keep it short, that thinning top will look fuller with shorter hair.
June 28, 2002
In city traffic ignore the rush to the next light mentality, drive at the speed the city planner intended and you can cruise the street green lights all the way, save gas and get their in the same amount of time as Mr. HeavyFoot.
June 27, 2002
Routine, our day to day existence hangs in the balance of repeatable and predictable occurrences
June 26, 2002
Human indignation has no place whatever in the drivers seat of a passenger vehicle.
June 25, 2002
Poverty, the root of despair
June 24, 2002
If you are traveling from point "A" to point "B" and you come to a right hand turn 90% chance of the next turn being to the left otherwise you will be traveling in circles.
June 23, 2002
Make room in your life for some creative activity, though others may sing better, paint with more flair and have a spark in their writing it is not your song, your flair or your spark.
June 22, 2002
Robotic devices have been in our homes and used as equipment for almost half a century and we are still pretty much in denial as to what part this expanding technology should take in shaping of an evolving society.
June 21, 2002
Take stock of your life and determine a balance between work, leisure, family, private time and social responsibility. Time is the most precious commodity of all make sure you consciously give some thought as to how you use it.
June 20, 2002
Walking is fine for a simple and effect form of exercise but riding a bicycle is better.
June 19, 2002
Saskatchewan produces 1/10th of Canada's gross national product with less than a million of us, what the heck are the thirty-one million other Canadians doing?
June 18, 2002
Being stupid is no excuse, everyone knows the limits of their understand and lives within those parameters, when a problem exceeds resources only the foolish fail to seek help.
June 17, 2002
Long short pants make as much sense as short long pants.
June 16, 2002
Exercise is good for you but there is always a possibility of to much of a good thing.
June 15, 2002
Into every life there comes some discomfort, the trick is to know how much you can tolerate and still keep on kicking.
June 14, 2002
The word "terrible" comes from its root "terror" yet we so often use this powerful adjective to describe things that are not frightening at all.
June 13, 2002
The perspective we have on all things is not absolute but time and location related.
June 12, 2002
Self determination is the greatest illusion of all, so do everything you can to enjoy all of the delusion.
June 11, 2002
Conventions in life develop to meet the lease resistance and have that as their only function. It is for every individual to decide if they too wish to play along with the path of least resistance or will they chart a course that establishes reason and honesty as their guiding principles in life.
June 10, 2002
The operation of a motor vehicle is not and should never, be a form of social interaction between you and the operators of other motor vehicles. Your only concern is the safe conduct of your vehicle for yourself, your passengers and others who use the road.
June 9, 2002
The next time someone begins one of those privatise/outsourcing speeches, ask for positive examples.
June 8, 2002
Men who wear mustaches have something to hide especially the words they say.
June 7, 2002
Canada is undergoing a reevaluation of its political thought, get involved in the process, its your duty.
June 6, 2002
Rather than consider who was to blame for some problem, always consider what action you might have taken that would have reduced the severity or prevented the incident.
June 5, 2002
Bad guys think everyone thinks like they do.
June 4, 2002
Pizza Hut, covers all the food groups of fat, lard and grease, starvation a better choice..
June 3, 2002
Be you a pilot of an aircraft, riding your bike, driving a car or guiding your life, above all else maintain control.
June 2, 2002
So, you have mastered something, big deal, now its time to learn something new.
June 1, 2002
Tisdale drivers beware when driving from the SAAN store to the Golden Age Centre, North-South traffic on both intersections East and West of Cedar Villa, tends to ignore the yield signs. (Yield signs get no respect at many intersections, it seems some drivers mistake them for a speed up sign.)

May 31, 2002
SaskTel wants to move all "Sympatico" e-mail addresses to "sasktel.net" by the end of the month watch for e-mail alerting you of the change.
May 30, 2002
If you find yourself frustrated or anxious while waiting for a traffic jam to clear, you better examine your feelings carefully and see why you are having a problem with the passage of time.
May 29, 2002
Safer to back into your driveway and drive out rather than drive into your driveway and back out.
May 28, 2002
Please don't use municipal water for growing grass, it may look good but unless the skies open we are going to need all the water available.
May 27, 2002
Canadian dollar to make steady climb in next two weeks as the US dollar falters considerably. Buy gold.
May 26, 2002
Floods in BC, drought on prairies, tornadoes in the US and out of season tropical hurricane all add up to one thing, more to come. The Pacific is out of kilter and weather and climate of North America confused.
May 25, 2002
If you have a bank account in eight figures, a mountain of gold and jewels, you would still be a pauper compared to a man with friends.
May 24, 2002
Gloom and despair are easy, its hope and a positive outlook that takes energy and brings rewards.
May 23, 2002
A home run, a shut out, a hole in one, perhaps, but personally I am just happy with a smile.
May 22, 2002
It would be prudent at this time to conserve water, though municipal water supplies are coping, without rain soon rationing is a certainty.
May 21, 2002
If you find coins on the floor and your pocket getting empty, you have a hole in your pocket.
May 20, 2002
We build our existence moment by moment, choice by choice as we assemble what becomes our past with the fragments of the available present.
May 19, 2002
Onions, flavour, nutrition and bad breath no matter let no food go un-onioned.
May 18, 2002
Everything is pointing toward a time when secrets will become very hard to develop.
May 17, 2002
No matter what your age, memory is not something that is good or bad. Like almost any skill it is directly related to practice, everyone can improve their memory. Some tricks are to repeat out loud something you want to remember, use novel associations and do not let stress or tension build as that reduces memory efficiency.
May 16, 2002
When you read articles and stories on this web site use the references that accompany most of them. We want you to find out for yourself, the opinions expressed here are opinions and we want you to have the chance to think these issues over and form your own opinion.
May 15, 2002
Don't put up with it and complain loudly about the use of letters instead of words. It isn't short hand it takes longer to understand and creates elite who know the jargon. No more RBC, CIBC, AT&T, PLO, FBI, CIA, NSI, SCIS, RCMP, DND, SGI, IBM, FLQ, CA, NDP, PC, PQ, IT, SCSI, USB, IDE, NFL, NHL, YMCA, CN, CP, DINA, GDP, CTF, NFTA, NATO, NORAD, G7, G8, WTO, IMF, GPA, WYSIWYG, GI, GUI, CG, DVD, DVCD, VR, VCR, AC, DC, UV, LD, LCL, KPH, MPH, MPG, KPL, DOA, CBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, BBC, GST, PST, MOT, ISDN, ADSL, DSL, CSI, CEDA, UNESCO, CUSO, UNSCF, AFLCIO, UBLE, UofS, UofR, UBC, UofA, UofM, SFI,
May 14, 2002
Complain: there are few psychics among us, so unless you don't want things to work or don't care, keeping silent about something isn't good manners, its bad manners because if doesn't give anyone a chance to fix what they don't know is wrong.
May 13, 2002
This may come as a shock to a lot of people but homosexuality is not a matter of sexual choice or preference but a matter of genetics and biology.
May 12, 2002
Decision making is based upon a reasonable expectation of outcomes. Bad decisions are when reason is set aside
May 11, 2002
Mac users use the iTunes radio and check out the "Chinese classical" music, out standing!!!!
May 10, 2002
The days of cheap fuel are history. Plan to acquire an energy efficient vehicle soon the time for the big pickup and fuel guzzling SUV has passed.
May 9, 2002
I have given this matter considerable thought and the decision is this, the most valuable commodity of all is . . . Time.
May 8, 2002
Keep your eyes wide open for two wheeled kid powered machines. They are everywhere and often where you least expect them. Just like early winter when drivers have to adapt to icy streets now is the time to expect the unexpected cyclist.
May 7, 2002
Its a mountain/molehill thing, we tend to see the future in terms of the present often realising that this moment is an exception. Don't let temporary set backs turn into bottomless pits.
May 6, 2002
Gosh we all take ourselves too seriously.
May 5, 2002
Learn the etiquette of e-mail, no shouting (all caps) and only send attachments that are necessary (no .bat or.exe) and do not send back in a response the message you just received from some one.
May 3, 2002
Write or call up your MP and Senator. Tell him you are a Canadian and you expect him or her to do something about it.
May 2, 2002
Not a single think can be accomplished without productive conflict.
May 1, 2002
Winning is one thing but sharing the glory is magnificent as it is a benefit and raises spirits leaving a legacy of pride and joy.


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