Category Archives: Commentary

Life in the time of coronavirus

We are living in a reality that seems unreal. It’s a dystopia like something out of the imagination of Margaret Atwood or Stephen King. Those of us who didn’t live through a world war (that is, most humans alive today) … Continue reading

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A gem about love from comic book artist Chris Ware

I was driving home on Sunday evening, listening to CBC radio, eagerly anticipating Writers & Company with Eleanor Wachtel—the one radio program I listen to every week without fail. When the announcer said the upcoming interview would feature Chris Ware, … Continue reading

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My son in Japan Part 2: adapting to another culture

This post continues from my previous one. In that post, I described Abebe’s ten years (so far) in Japan. He completed university there and has achieved his dream of becoming a director of Japanese videogames. My previous post expressed my … Continue reading

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Losing it

Last week was one of those weeks when all of my technology seemed to be letting me down. My computer. My Garmin watch. My camera. My vacuum cleaner. My mind? . . . I didn’t actually lose these things. All … Continue reading

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Riding, writing, and the ‘rithmetic of making big bucks: why I’ll never get rich

  I’ve been thinking about financial matters more than usual in the past few months, ever since my landlords boosted my rent exorbitantly. I love my Port Moody apartment—both the view and the lifestyle it gives me—and I made the … Continue reading

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How Big is Big?

Expanding my world in 1966 and 2019 One thing I’ve realized as I’ve grown older is that I have yet to grow up. When I was a kid, 20 years old was a huge, far-off age. Twenty meant being grown … Continue reading

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What is an “ideal” professional runner?

What is the role of a professional runner? Becoming a professional runner requires talent, hard training, and good coaching. Running is a simple and democratic sport compared to other sports; you need no special equipment and you can run almost … Continue reading

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Sasamat Lake mini-triathlon 2018

In 2013 I wrote here about my plan to do my own personal mini-triathlon, with a bike  start/finish near my apartment building in downtown Port Moody and the run/swim sections at Sasamat Lake. Since then, I’ve completed this mini-triathlon at … Continue reading

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Javier Marías with Eleanor Wachtel: how imagination enriches our life stories

Eleanor Wachtel’s interview with Spanish writer Javier Marías, which aired on CBC Radio One on October 15, 2017, was another Writers & Company interview that connected perfectly with my own current preoccupations. Marías is billed as “Spain’s most celebrated contemporary writer,” … Continue reading

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Zadie Smith talks to Eleanor Wachtel about dance, Swing Time, and joy

I’m driving my car on the highway on a dark Vancouver evening between five and six o’clock. I have to concentrate on the road because the rain is pelting down. My wipers are going furiously and water has pooled in … Continue reading

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