Sunday, April 20, 2014

Dear Google,

I admit it. You are indeed an integral part of my everyday life. You support my research, my learning, my time-wastage, especially my amusement. But if you TRULY are the greatest search engine ever then...

What’s my name?
Chicken or egg? Prove it.
Are rhetorical questions unanswerable?
Why is it ok to eat cows and not giraffes?
Where did I leave my glasses?
Which lottery numbers should I choose this weekend?
Where exactly did my youth go?
Why can’t we all stop warring with each other?
What ISN’T the meaning of life?
What was the best thing BEFORE sliced bread?

Oh Google. Don’t get all upset. It’s not necessary that you know ALL the answers. Truth is, I’m just trying to prove a point. Despite all your knowledge, despite all your opinions, despite all your how-to’s, despite your ubiquitous power over us all, you can’t (and shouldn’t) think for us.

Let’s not forget that. Ok people?

Friday, April 11, 2014

60 Second Speech

"If you had to make an impromptu 60 second speech to the entire world right now, what would you say?”

*taps on microphone*

I don’t have much time and now I’ve wasted it saying that. Rats. This is a tough task. I guess I would say that tough tasks are worthwhile. So is saying what you need to say. And that’s why, world, if any of you are truly going to listen to me, I will say it loud: STOP. Let me explain.

There’s this fun video game called Rollercoaster Tycoon. The goal is to build an amusement park complete with a variety of rides, food stalls, bathrooms, even flower beds, and so on. While constructing the park, little people visit and go on the rides. If the rides are too intense, they barf and leave the park. If the rides are not intense enough, they get annoyed or sad and leave the park. This is not an easy game. The entire process takes time, ingenuity, perseverance and especially maintenance. But when you reach the objective and win the game all those tiny little people STOP, turn, let go of their balloons, look directly up at you, and applaud.

It’s cool when that happens. I believe there are two important lessons in this game, this very human game:
1.      Make it good. Whatever you do, do it for others, and make it good.
2.      Also: STOP and appreciate the park.

*taps on microphone* 

Sorry world. With 60 seconds, this is it. Now this: if you had to make an impromptu 60 second speech to the entire world right now, what would you say?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Sometimes I'm sure that Spring is mine, only mine. Green is my colour. Rain is my preference. Soil is my canvas. Buds are my buds.

Spring colourizes dead grass while I stand there in my bare feet, sponges. Spring is potential. Details burgeoning. Energy personified. Water runs marathons down ditches. 

Slow down Spring. I know you can't but Summer is too hot, Winter too long. Autumn is second to my Spring but Autumn’s alluring colour is merely Spring’s closing credits. Spring establishes the story.

Spring was my father and brothers suddenly gone seeding for a month. Spring was my mother’s Iris spikes and Gladiola bulbs. Spring was my youth studying muddy water, wide sweeping Saskatchewan water sucked into culverts, an eddy twisting above the hole; I dropped a stick in there, ran across the road to the other side and I still want to know where it went. Now, Spring is April pussywillows on my daughter's birthday and the May green leaves on my son's birthday. I keep time with Spring so I won't waste it. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Just so you know, the answer is no.

Even with lots of time, could the monkeys at the typewriters ever type something Shakespearean?
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