• Politics

    The Conservative Leadership Debate

    by I don’t usually blog twice in one day but I’m getting more political as I get older and honestly forgot the CPC English-language debate was tonight. If you have no interest in Canadian politics, this will bore you. You might want to pick a different post to read. For those of you who are left, keeping in mind that I’m not a conservative in any sense of the word, quick thoughts on the Conservative Leadership debate tonight: There’s three hours of my life I’ll never get back, counting the post-debate scrums. No one was able to answer a question directly. They all wanted to tell me why the Liberals…

  • Poetry

    My Country

    by Is my country in the clear?Do we speak against the fear?Are we better than the rest?Our vision truly best? Or is our historyA darker mysteryFilled with not-so-secret shamesSo many forgotten namesAnd things we’ve no wish to see? Is it better to pretendThere’s no need to extendOur thoughts and hearts and mindsKnowing that we’d find?We aren’t nearly as kindAs we want to believeAnd so we don’t conceiveThat we can still improveBecause there are mountains yet to move And more than mountains. I wrote that at almost the same time as “America Is Burning” but kept it a separate piece because it’s a separate, if related, thing. I wrote it knowing…

  • Music

    I Should Be A Tragically Hip Fan

    by So, I’ve never really been a Tragically Hip fan. There are plenty of reasons I should be, the least of which is that I’m related to one of the band members on my mother’s side, not that I’ve seen him since I was a little kid. As close as I’ll get to name-dropping. Far more importantly, the tragically hip is a Canadian success story, on a similar level, although perhaps with a touch less longevity, as Rush or Neil Young. Their lyrics are intelligent, clever, often poetic. That’s right up my alley. The music is a blend of pop and some not quite identifiable sound that makes them distinctly…