A good friend of mine, Michael Gillette, a renowned guitarist and teacher, gave me a great Christmas CD of traditional music with a delicious new flavour. Only two instruments play – a flute and acoustic guitar – that reinvigorate the classics with lively nuances and brilliant flurries.
An added feature to their vivacious touch makes this tribute to Christmas fresh: the songs are short. They are mindful the audience already knows the melodies. So, rather than keep repeating the refrains and verses they serve up tasty appetizers that bring back all of the joyful memories in exactly the right portions – just enough to bring a smile to your face. Continue reading
By Douglas P. Welbanks
A good friend of mine enjoyed a long distinguished career in one of Canada’s top 5 banks. He was well-liked by staff and colleagues. He possessed this rare ability to get along with virtually anyone. Not an easy task in any industry because there is usually at least one aggravating person in any crowd or office that challenges us to the maximum. Continue reading
You’ve heard about debtors prisons, right? They were made somewhat famous by Charles Dickens in the 1800s through fictional characters and events. His father had been imprisoned for debt. His family suffered great shame and austerity. As society progressed out of the harsh middle ages eliminating debtors’ prisons became an essential part of a civilized society and disappeared by the 20th Century in most modernized countries. The appearance of bankruptcy legislation assisted in providing an end to a creditor’s contractual obligation to collect debts, even if the debtor had no means to repay, and that it became very expensive to house a growing population of debtors in prisons. Continue reading