Doug Bell

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Success is being able to hire someone to mow the lawn while you play golf for exercise.   The Brick … Jim, a young, successful…

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Language roots Abracadabra is mainly a sleight-of-hand, amateur magicians word today, though it didn’t begin that way.

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O Canada … think for yourself! Canadians are ready, willing and able to eat, drink and be merry, and celebrate the land that is the envy of…

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Laughter is like perfume. You can’t pour it on somebody else without getting some of it on yourself.

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Pork & Beans, and The Onion Club — another Backward Glance… In a letter dated August 16, 1938, a Mr. F.

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“It’s not our way, so it’s the wrong way …” In the 19th century people living in industrial societies stuck up their…

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A teacher’s gift kept on giving (An internet story, an urban legend, author unknown.)  One day somewhere a teacher asked her students to…

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Dancing with Words … Just when you you’ve found a neat way to say it, you pick up a book, or an e-mail comes and you find another has…

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“A Mari usque ad Mare” Though most of us don’t know Latin, most Canadians know our national motto “from sea to sea.

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New Life In shady woods and under banks The modest primrose gleams, As nature stirs and comes to life From out its winter dreams.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2 U 2: O’ Ireland isn’t it grand you look – Like a bride in her rich adornin’ And with all…

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The good old days … Well today’s font of all wisdom, the Net Guru, tells me in 1906 Canadians paid four cents a pound for sugar.

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The face of the water is beautiful but it is not good to sleep on. (Ashanti proverb) Street talk and street lessons … My Farmers Almanac…

Is it really time, gentlemen please, for Westerners to “wet their whistle?”

Rambling by Doug Bell Is it really time, gentlemen please, for Westerners to “wet-their-whistle?” Many years ago in England, pub goers…

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 Call me an ogre… It’s not the best way to begin a new year. I’m an ogre! An Ontario woman did it.

Trucking along

‘So You Wanna Be a Trucker?” is the headline in a short piece in April’s Fifty Plus magazine.