Playtime for Grownups

My enormous inner child needs constant feeding and watering. Yours should too. Not with other kids. Just the two of you because only you know what nourishes the kid in you because...well, you were that kid a very long time ago. You may…

Can a ward heeler be a real healer?

The Washington Post ran a contest long ago for the most boring headline of the year. The winner was “Canadian initiative launched.” The word that won it for us was “Canadian” because what could be duller or less newsworthy in Washington than…

Where are the clients’ yachts?

The world’s best con man, Bernie Madoff, died last week in a North Carolina prison, where he was 11 years into his 150-year sentence for bilking thousands of investors out of $65 billion in the most devastating Ponzi scheme in history. In…

This blog post is for your fox, not your hedgehog.

People are either foxes, who know many things, or hedgehogs, who know one big thing. That 2,700 year-old idea comes from the Greek poet Archilochus. He’s wrong. People are foxes and hedgehogs, especially on the weekend when our foxes emerge…

Department of Corections

My favourite cartoon shows two European intellectuals (berets, cigarettes) at a sidewalk café. One says to the other: “Do you not be happy with me as the translator of the books of you?” The joke, of course, is that no one would ever…

Gifting water and grifting politicians

What’s the one thing we all remember about the 94-page bill passed by the State of Georgia last week to “comprehensively revise elections and voting?” Exactly: It’s now illegal to give someone food and water when they’re standing…

“EXPERIENCE IS A GOOD SCHOOL. BUT THE FEES ARE HIGH”

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. Heinrich Heine said that when fees to attend Harvard in the mid-1800s were $250 and not the $48,000 they are today. He didn’t mean that kind of school, of course, though in America…

RamsayWrites – A Justice for a Justice

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. The Globe and Mail is not where I’m used to seeing “snakes in your bed” headlines. But this one came close last month: “Catalyst offered up to $11-million to Israeli…

RamsayWrites – The Strong, Silent, Psycho Type

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. In 1966, Harvard researcher Timothy Leary would spend weekends with his students at a mansion in Dutchess County, New York where they’d smoke dope and drop acid. Now Dutchess county…

Weekend Reading Doesn’t Mean Weakened Reading

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. Today’s blog is to brain food what eggs benedict is to weekends: great-tasting, highly socializing and not great for your arteries. But hey, try these tidbits and see how they fill…

RamsayWrites – Addictive overwork.

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. What are high-performers going to do now that addictive overwork is losing its allure? Not overwork as in 10 hours a day and the odd Sunday at the office. Or consecutive Zoom meetings,…

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…