American Sniper hits its mark

The movie American Sniper has been the subject of much discussion lately so I thought I'd weigh in with my opinion. To begin with, we have to consider the inherent differences between the American and Canadian perspective on guns and war. Americans revere their guns; Canadians would prefer a world without guns. This dichotomy made it very difficult for this Canadian to appreciate the virtues of Chris Kyle's world. While we respect his patriotism and his fight for good, we can't help question the collateral downside such as the deaths…

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GoDaddy makes Super Bowl-sized error

When I heard about the premise of the Super Bowl 2015 ad being aired by GoDaddy I was so horrified I was apoplectic. So I checked it out for myself. Apparently I wasn't the only person who was shocked and disgusted and as a result of the public outcry they have pulled the ad. GoDaddy is a tool for building websites and they were hoping to capitalize on the success of the Budweiser ads with the adorable golden retrievers. Let me set the scene. A pickup truck is bouncing down…

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She loves me, she loves me not . . .

When my friend Terry loaned me the best-selling book, "The Paying Guests" by Sarah Waters, she told me nothing about the plot or characters so I started reading with no preconceived notions as to whether I would like it or not. Now that I've finished it, I'm still not sure whether I liked it or not. How's that for an assessment. "The Paying Guests" is set in a suburb of London, England in the 1920s. A mother and her twenty-six-year-old spinster daughter are forced to rent out some of the…

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Celebrating the best years of our lives

One question I often like to ask people is "What period would you describe as being the happiest years of your life"? While the answers vary they're always fascinating. My mother remembers the first years of her marriage when they were living in "wartime" housing for veterans. I was a baby and my aunt, her sister lived just two doors away with her husband and baby daughter. The whole neighbourhood was young couples just like them. On Saturday nights they would get together (no money) with the guys splitting a…

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Newfoundland’s sacrifice is permanently commemorated on French soil

On July 1, 1915, seven hundred and seventy-eight men of the Newfoundland Regiment followed orders and went over the top of their trenches at Beaumont-Hamel near The Somme in France to capture previously shelled German strongholds. An hour later only sixty-eight men remained alive, without a single shot being fired by the Newfoundlanders. Even the Germans acknowledged the tremendous sacrifice made by the Newfoundlanders that day. Prince Rupprecht, a commander of the German 6th Army reported that "our losses of territory may be seen on the map with a microscope.…

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And the winner is . . .

Am I the only person on the planet who hates watching award shows?  Now that we have the Golden Globes and a couple of other awards shows under our belt, it won't be long until the big one, the Academy Awards will be upon us. It's not that I'm opposed to the awards themselves and I love the glamour and beautiful dresses associated with the event, I just find the shows themselves to be painful to watch so I prefer to simply check the newspaper the next morning to get…

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