Doug Bell

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Happy New Year to the 6,722,318,700 of us on the planet at 13:50 5-1-09, and to the 122,231 who join us daily according to the World Clock by…

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Dear Santa: Christmas catalogues come in handy these days. They help us to describe clearly what we’d like you to bring us.

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Standing up for Canada … A child stood silently on an overpass in southern Ontario this day waving a Canadian flag.

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It’s all for the good of the Canadian people… Well, fellow Canadians, it’s time to believe in Santa again.

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A thought from Shakespeare’s England, comes in a book published in 1592. It tells the young swain to bend old pennies and give them to his…

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Dancing with words . . . Fog stole the mountain this morning, and left its breath on every berry and twig of our May tree; actually, its breath was…

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The first rule of life is: “The best things in life aren’t things!” We’re surrounded by rules, too many some say, though…

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How gullible are we? Chargoggaggoggmanchaugagoggchaubunagungamaug is a native American name meaning “you fish on your side, I’ll fish on…

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Ten Lost Years… “…Look at it this way. Say on July 1, Steve had a business and a fine house and a nice wife.

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Speaking of days … “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you,”…

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Words and Numbers Our incumbent politicians, and bands of political hopefuls are promising the moon, and we, on the receiving end, might want to…

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Hank Ketchum’s thought may be useful during this election campaign. “Flattery is like chewing gum. Enjoy it, but don’t swallow it.

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“All Shook Up” A friend sent a list of songs today, 337 of them. Many titles evoked emotions and moods laid on by the election call.

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“It would be a great reform in politics if wisdom could be made to spread as easily, and as rapidly, as folly.

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Mandela’s eight . . . Writer Richard Stenge worked with Nelson Mandela for two years toward publishing Mandela’s biography, A Long Walk…

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Monday morning blues, eh?    Well these blues are a figment of the imagination according to Australian scientists.

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People of wisdom are admired; people of wealth are envied; people of power are feared, but only people of character are trusted. Tergiversation . . .

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2x4s at work … or little things can mean a lot A woman came home from work to find her husband in the kitchen shaking frantically, like in a…

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Signs . . .      Are they spontaneous, a flash of inspiration, or are they “signs of the times?” There is nothing…

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Stop, look, and listen . . . When we were kids, adults were the other side — not enemies as such, just not where you’d go for advice on…