Category Archives: Ottawa Reflections

Distance

On the bus. Group of six boys, probably around 14 years old, jostling for position in the seats across. Lots of laughter and great friendship. Non-stop. Cellphone focus as ancillary. More the joy of participating in the moment. Decades older, … Continue reading

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Trailer

Teaching financial accounting at Algonquin College, at various points, 1985 and 1986. The financial accounting course that would be taught at a university was cut into two or three smaller sections. Many of the students attempting to improve life circumstances. … Continue reading

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Future, Past

Was teaching at Algonquin College during the summer of 1992. Both administering and developing a distance education course in Commercial Law. Thought I was also in a classroom, but can’t remember. What is remembered is walking past the computer lab, … Continue reading

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Shallowed Old Souls

He comes shuffling down the street, mumbling, disheveled, seemingly lost. Passes by with That’s how they shallowed old souls. Yes, they did. Then more mumbling. Thought of responding with “Termite of Temptation“, but wasn’t certain if it was the same … Continue reading

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Participant

Came across a draft of a May, 1998 news release by Peter Goldring, the Member of Parliament I had started working for the previous fall. How he went to Quebec City for the provincial ceremony of the unveiling of the … Continue reading

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Early

Passing them by, and thought they were dead. Line of trees, so carefully planted and potted, in a manner. Then saw a few leaves on the ground. Seems like they gave up, early. Too many cars, or too much indifference. … Continue reading

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Overend

Building flattened, but some sense of the past challenging the present. Undefeated optimism amidst Smaller in the

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Stutter Class Contribution

Wrote about the stutter of John Hammond. Thought about how I used to have a class participation mark, early in teaching career, mid-1980s. Would take attendance, and then ask students randomly to contribute to class discussion. Class participation mark being … Continue reading

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Blades

…of grass. He said that when the blades grow straight along side each other, they grow tall and healthy. If they start to grow sideways, they will ultimately be overtaken and perish from those around growing straight. As said by … Continue reading

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Teardown

Walking past the hotel. Wondering why the building was being demolished. Architecture seemed to be fairly unique, and worth preserving. All that brickwork. Then finding out about the “redevelopment”. Wondered about the architecture. Remembering it had at one time been … Continue reading

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