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A Music Wild and Dangerous

On the first Sunday of every month, the musicians of Getting in the Groove make music in the wonderful, reflective space of St. Jude’s Anglican Church in Oakville. I was looking for a seasonal reading suitable for the December jazz vespers and …

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Believing is Seeing … the Tyranny of Common Sense

It ain't so much what we know that gets us into trouble. It's what we know that just ain't so.

Mark Twain or Josh Billings or … 

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.

Albert Einstein

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Thinking Takes Practice; Talking Isn’t Enough.

A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.

Winston Churchill

These days not changing ones mind and not changing the subject is called “staying on message.” And “staying on message,&rdquo…

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Beyond the Rant: Deliverables, Part Two

I suggested in the July Random Riff that we might avoid the slippery slope of “deliverables” by making a distinction between “outputs” and “outcomes.” Specifically, I had in mind what claims those of us engaged in …

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A Wee Hot Weather Rant

I attribute my grumpiness to the weather. It’s 36 degrees Celsius with a humidex of 46. For readers in Liberia, Myanmar (nee Burma) and the USA, that’s 97 and 115 degrees Fahrenheit.

James Lipton, host of “Inside the Actors Studio…

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The Real World Out There

The story goes that three umpires disagreed about the task of calling balls and strikes. The first one said, “I calls them as they is.” The second one said, “I calls them as I sees them.” The third and cleverest umpire said, &…

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Pointless but Significant: A Postscript

My friend, Peter Brown, makes the point that “everything is about something – maybe mushy, maybe moody, maybe defiantly pointless and irrational – wandering, inventing, discovering. What’s it about? need not be the same as Wha…

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