Doug Bell

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Live and learn or you won’t live long! Sweat never drowned no one. Thinking never hurt them either.

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The good old days — bah! We generally pooh-pooh the good old days, including the weather — b-o-r-i-n-g, eh? But, in this sweatshirt…

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The glamorous way to go . . . Air travel, once the glamour girl of the travel game, has lost its glamour, and they’re blaming it all on fuel…

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Setting the hook… “Fishing isn’t everything but it sure beats what’s second,” Mr. or Mrs. Anonymous said one fine day.

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Thanks, Pop. Maybe it was Pop’s fault, our patriotism, our love of the country, our home. We do like to put a lot of stuff on our folks,…

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Words on paper . . . “Books,” wrote Jesse Lee Bennett, “are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men…

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Did s/he really say that? Language shortcuts are “in” today. The s/he popped up yesterday.

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Trained to shop. Shopping wasn’t big in our growing-up time, although our government is considering scrapping the staple of our childhood…

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The associate minister unveiled the church’s new campaign slogan last Sunday: “I upped my pledge — up yours.

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Top 40 under 40 … in 2007. “What’s the right stuff to become one of the top 40 of Canada’s business leaders under 40 years…

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Getting our ducks in a row… May 1st was a Remembrance Day in Israel. It’s one we seldom commemorate, but should — Holocaust…

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A wayward jar … Bill said it was a warm day when we had our June phone visit from across the water.

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Canadian and un-Canadian? … “At the Winter Olympics in Turin, the Canadian women’s hockey team did not lose a game.

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The dust of exploded beliefs may make a fine sunset. (Geoffrey Madan, writer 1895-1947) Hoi polloi and hoity-toity … “Dear Francis…

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Potpourri . . . Oh, it’s hard not to be cynical, In every conceivable way, Just read a single newspaper, At the end of a busy day.

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Eccentrics live longer, happier and are odd … That’s according to a Dr. Weeks who made a scientific study of eccentricity and…

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and then there were thousands of them… The rages are upon us. We’ve had road rage since the Model T hit the gravel, though we…

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And the top o’ the mornin’ to you … I’m on again about the Irish, as fine an example of spin doctoring, or blarney, as…

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Upsides, downsides and happy St. Patrick’s Day to you too! As winter toys are hung ‘till that time comes again when those who believe…

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Odds ‘n’ ends, about odds ‘n’ ends … Never be afraid to try something new; remember, amateurs built the Ark,…