A Tickle in the Funny Bone

My first ebook, A Tickle in the Funny Bone, is a dozen of my humorous columns including all the April Fool’s ones and the hilarious responses. Readers’ comments: I had a good laugh at this one - still wiping away the tears! I like your sense of humour! I laughed all the way through. I...

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Monthly Archives: January 2016

They Mean Well But They Just Don’t Get It

First Nations children in residential school 55 years ago.

Do you sometimes wonder why lawmakers do not learn from past mistakes? The First Mistake Over a century ago, well meaning law makers wanted to integrate First Nations people into Canadian society. So they passed laws mandating aboriginal children to receive education in residential schools. First Nations children, by the tens of thousands, were taken from their parents, forced to learn English, and even punished for speaking their own languages. Bad Results As a result, generations of First Nations peoples …

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Do Not Despise the Day of Small Beginnings


The Question Hearing that my wife and I had translated much of the Bible into a Brazilian indigenous language, a man asked me, “What was the first thing you translated?” He was astonished when I answered, “The story of the gingerbread man.” “I can’t believe it!” he exclaimed, “You’re missionary Bible translators! Why waste time translating a kids’ fairy tale?” The Answer I explained to him that we were just learning to translate and that this story, with its small …

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Out with the Old: In with the New

Village house chores, sweep dirt floor, whack snake with broom.

Stores are holding their post-Christmas, early January sales—as if the Christmas shopping blast wasn’t enough—hoping to get rid of old stock to make room for new and better merchandise. As I noticed the signs of this recurring phase, the mantra “Out with the Old: In with the New” sprang to mind. A Good Slogan? It’s a good slogan to live by. Or is it? I have often ranted about the need for building effective life and work habits, and for …

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