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Bucket List | Health & Fitness

Out of the comfort zone and into the richness

By BOB FOULKES Regardless of how worldly I think I am, I’m confronted with the fact that I’m not. There are two constraints in my life. The first is that, as I age, I suffer from what my friend calls a hardening of the attitudes. It concerns me. The second is equally alarming: I Iive... read more

Classics | Frivolity

Scholars in the sporting world

New York Yankee great Yogi Berra once said, “If you come to a fork in the road, take it. ” And a lot of other stuff like that. He wasn’t alone in his world. Chicago Cubs outfielder Andre Dawson (left) on being a role model:  “I wan’ all dem kids to do what I do, to look up... read more

Guides & Books

Zealots of the Imperium

By BOB FOULKES I read an interesting book over the holidays, Imperium by Ryszard Kapuscinski (1932-2007), a controversial Polish writer who chronicled big political events around the world for decades. He was a journalist, a poet, a philosopher and a keen observer of the uses and abuses of power. Imperium, probably his most famous book,... read more

Charts | Frivolity

Wisdom Fishing’s map of North America

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Guides & Books | Health & Fitness

Rudeness on the rise: Where’s it coming from, and how can we deal with it?

  By BOB FOULKES Is it just me, or are there more rude people in the world today? I went to an afternoon movie on Saturday; we arrived early to get good seats. By the time the trailers started, the theatre was about one-third full. Sitting behind us and slightly to the right were three... read more

Guides & Books | Travel

The quicksilver of democracy

Monitoring an election in Ukraine opens a Canadian’s eyes By BOB FOULKES A few weeks ago, two things happened to me independent of one another. I finally tracked down a book that I had been looking for and I went off to Ukraine for my second electoral observation mission. The book is called From Dictatorship... read more

Bucket List | Charts | Working

The road to Davey’s Bar

By BOB McCASKILL Witnessed another “retirement” discussion the other day. Two surgeons this time: cardiac and vascular. One a recent retiree, one not ready. Highly specialized careers, but same old clichés — “Should have done this years ago.” vs. “Can’t afford it yet.” There is a lot of demand for these guys, but they too... read more

Money | Sports & Leisure

Scalping: Who’s the chump?

 By BOB FOULKES I’m not a passionate fan of NFL football, but Sunday afternoons in the fall seem to be defined by a lazy afternoon with the New York Times and the early and late games on TV. Sunday and Monday evenings are good too. And a game seems to be showing up on Thursday... read more

Classics | Frivolity

Ads you’ll never see again

Ever long for the old days when life was simpler? From the era of Mad Men, here are a few reasons why you might not want to go back even if you could. Extra points if you can name the gay puppets in the first picture.     read more

Bucket List | Health & Fitness | Sports & Leisure

Get out there and delay that gratification. You’ll be happy you did

  By BOB FOULKES There is an old saying that “once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, and three times is a pattern.” I observed three events this summer that happened so close together that I see a pattern emerging. Three people close to me voluntarily spent long periods of time, committed significant effort... read more