When the brain gears grind slow

When people start to feel overwhelmed and lose their interest, energy, and sense of competence for more than a few weeks, they are said to suffer from “depression.”  Several Canadian sources show that about one in five people  are seriously depressed in this way at some point in their lives, and a certain number are “clinically depressed” on the long-term.  So what can be done? Continue reading “When the brain gears grind slow”

What’s in a name?

If all goes well, we will be moving soon to a small town an hour-and-a-half away on the fast road, or several hours meandering through curvy little by-ways near the ocean, through thick forests, along many lakes and farm meadows, until we reach the village of Bible Hill.  I had thought the place might be the site of a Christian college or of an especially large old church, or even that the place was named after a settler family with the unlikely last name of Bible.  As it turned out, it was none of these. Continue reading “What’s in a name?”

How the Scots invented us

During my recent extended illness I got through the frequent bouts of pain and fatigue by reading lots of books.  Always finding literature of any kind to be an effective distraction from the problems of the body while at the same time stimulating the mind with better notions than one has while weary and worn, I picked up some of the second-hand books my wife had bought for me, as well as a few others.  As the illness and its lack of appetite wore on, I devoured and digested page after page, volume after volume.

As a Canadian, and as readers of this blog may know, I have a weakness for all things Scottish.  Mind you, I’ve never worn a kilt in my life, have never tried to play the Continue reading “How the Scots invented us”

Useful inconsistency and the police


Another week, another reckless shooting by a police officer.  Another apparently innocent citizen dead.  I know that these instances do not represent the many police interactions with the public that turn out well, but a recent American report found that up to half of all people killed by the police are, in the study’s words, “mentally disabled.” Continue reading “Useful inconsistency and the police”