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Championing spark plugs

  By BOB McCASKILL Hands up if you know someone who has recently acquired a made-to-measure road bike. There is a lot of that going around. This is not about that. This is about old-school, carbon-footprint-insensitive, internal-combustion satisfaction. Quality of life requires attention to be paid to the state of important matters such as relationships,... read more

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Why I collect things

By DAVID BOND My wife and I have come to that point where 335 square metres (3,600 square feet for the older folks) is proving too much to handle. But downsizing means getting rid of stuff, and that is where my habit of collecting things comes into conflict with practicality. During my working career I... read more


Fishing for wisdom with Red Green

From his humble beginnings in Hamilton, Ontario’s, CHCH TV in 1991, until 2006 on CBC in Canada and PBS in the United States, he waxed eloquent, in his inimitable way, on men, women and their relationships, do-it-yourself  projects, duct tape, getting older and fishing (mostly for fish, sometimes for wisdom, which makes him even dearer... read more


Playing with paraprosdokians

A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. “Paraprosdokian” comes from Greek  and translates roughly as “despite expectation.” Whatever, these are fun. Use them to dazzle... read more


We’re back and ready to fish for wisdom is back in business! Thank you for your encouragement, support and advice as we have moved through the refit. We’ve got  new features, new faces and new voices, plus a wealth of archived articles from our previous incarnation. is becoming a table of regulars from the neighborhood coffee shop, a long conversation with... read more

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Take that!

In 1974, a Cleveland resident wrote to the city’s National Football League team, the Browns, complaining about the menace posed by the fad of throwing paper airplanes, and implicitly threatened litigation.The Browns’ lawyer’s response is . . . well,  a classic of its kind. The letter The reply read more


He’s playing our song

By JOHN SWIFT If on-line magazines had a soundtrack or a theme song, Louis Armstrong would provide ours.  A fine example of a certain style of songs from Armstrong’s repertoire, the song Home Fires provides an experience of eccentricity and of being at home physically, mentally and spiritually that we like very much, here at... read more


A fine and loyal friend

  By QUANTUM MERUIT Here’s what it says on-line: “The Toller is highly intelligent, alert, outgoing, loving, and ready for action, though not to the point of nervousness or hyperactivity. It is affectionate with family members and is good with children, showing patience. Some individuals may display reserved behavior in new situations, but this is... read more