Tag Archive: learning

February 1, 2012

A Letter to Jerry

As you may know, cows have an unusual way of digesting what they have ingested. The technical description of the process – besides being beyond my area of expertise – is irrelevant to this article. However, essentially cows swallow now and chew later, thus deriving the benefit from what they have ingested at a later time.  Humans, on the other hand, get immediate benefit from what they have ingested (at least when it comes to food).  Our minds, however, bear... View Article

February 1, 2012

Grumpy Old Coot

     On a recent vacation that required the renting of a vehicle and visiting a couple different addresses, I brought with me my own GPS and preprogrammed the addresses we intended to visit.  The process was flawless, and left me with no doubt that technology on this occasion saved me considerable aggravation. I have never been afraid of maps, rather geography and directional skills were always the least of my weaknesses. Yet I cannot deny that the availability of... View Article

January 1, 2012

Answering the Bell

The metaphoric relationship that exists between organized sports and real life is the reason many of us enroll our children into sports.  Through sports our children can learn discipline, the benefits of repeated practice and the wonderful example that together, we can accomplish more than the sum of our talents might suggest possible. They will also learn that despite their very best efforts the opposition through superior talent, harder work, or better luck, will sometimes win. Indeed perhaps the most... View Article

January 1, 2012

Cui Bono

      If you have an email address, you will be the recipient of unwanted solicitations. These emails, while often masked as something else, have a common end game in mind – your money. Some are direct. The number of former members of the Nigerian government needing my assistance to cash a big inheritance cheque never ceases to amaze me. If the email starts out “dearest trusted honourable Mr. Jeffrey”, and proceeds to ask for my council, I’m pretty... View Article