RamsayWrites – Jim Crow 2.0

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. None of us was alive for the original Jim Crow laws back in the 1920s which made racial segregation legal in the southern United States.  “Colored only” washrooms, poll taxes,…

RamsayWrites – Weekends Weren’t Always Weekends

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. Until the late 1800s, people worked six days a week, with Sunday their day of rest -- and in many places, church. The idea of a weekend as two very different days “in which we…

RamsayWrites – Travel Porn

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. Travel porn isn’t travel for sex. It’s the pictures of destinations that are so gorgeous they defy the reality of even our most precious memory of a lovely place. It’s not my…

RamsayWrites – Leaving in Disgust

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. The Royal Bank of Canada has more employees than the Canadian Armed Forces – 86,000 compared to 68,000. While the Royal is the 11th largest bank worldwide, the Canadian Armed Forces…

Omnium-Gatherum – Oh Gee!

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. I used to write these Omnium-Gatherum (OG) blog posts every month, with 8 to 10 brief items to lead you down the rabbit hole. Now, they’ll land every week, a mark of how much strange…

RamsayWrites – Long Condoms

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. In 1943, Winston Churchill allegedly ordered a special run of condoms to be manufactured at double the regular size. He then had them shipped to Moscow in boxes stamped “Made in…

RamsayWrites – A Shot in the Dark

With few of us flying, we don’t hear stories of air rage anymore. They used to be all the rage, and on the rise. A nutter goes wild because a flight attendant doesn’t say “Please.”A frequent flyer doesn’t get his upgrade. Some fanboys…

RamsayWrites – WHAT’S BETTER THAN SUBSCRIBING TO MY BELIEFS? SUBSCRIBING TO MY BLOG.

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. I started writing The Plague-Ground last March 18th, five days after my wife, Jean, and I fled north to our cottage. Within a couple of weeks, most of my work had vaporized.…

The Plague-Ground – This Could Be Dangerous

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. Back in 2010, a publicist persuaded me to invite an unknown Columbia Law Professor to speak at a RamsayTalk about his new book. The Master Switch showed how tech companies that…

The Plague-Ground – Women’s Work is Never Done

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. Today is International Women’s Day. As “days” go, it’s the biggest of all since it celebrates more than half the human race. But these days there are more ‘days’ and…

The Plague-Ground – RABBIT HOLES FOR EAGER DIGGERS

Rabbits get a bad rap these days. Or rather, their roads do as they hop from Uncle Remus’ house to Farmer John’s. A rabbit hole today is that dark cramped place where your addiction to social media takes you to confirm your political…

The Plague-Ground – Irrational Exuberance

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. I don’t mean irrational exuberance in the economic sense. The phrase became instantly famous when Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan coined it in 1996 to describe the burgeoning internet…

The Plague-Ground – You have a right to disconnect

"I am sending you this email at a time that works for me. I don't expect you to respond to it until normal business hours, or when it suits your own work-life balance. I encourage you to make guiltless work-life choices and support flexible…

The Plague-Ground – Walk and Chew Gum.

When one thing is a disaster in your life, that's manageable. Two things and it's a crisis. Three - like lose your job, lose your health and lose your spouse --- and you have permission to pull the covers over your head and never come out. I…

The Plague-Ground – Remember When Women Were Called Women?

Last weekend, I was reading the proofs of my memoir which comes out in June. My editor queried one word in this sentence: "Like most couples, we have our unspoken tics and habits that signal everything's okay, or not." She wanted to…

The Plague-Ground – SOME HAND-WARMERS FOR YOUR HEART AND MIND

T.S. Eliot called April the cruellest month. But February is the coldest, though only outdoors, unless of course you're in Texas, which is on the Mexican border, and where parts of Dallas are so cold that water bottles are freezing next…

The Plague-Ground – The rise (and shine) of a near-dead medium.

Surely the Letter to Shareholders is one of the most torpid prose forms in any language. Written by an organization's CEO, it precedes the annual financial statements and is written in code. "Losses" become "negative growth." A "challenging…

The Plague-Ground – Monopolies and Men

"When you're used to having 100% of the market and someone comes along and takes 1% of your share, this can turn your world upside down." That was how a highly-perched woman viewed the real reason Canadian women can't seem to break the…