No Don't

Apr 27, 2021 |Mark Ryan
A Non-celebratory Anniversary: He was born one hundred and fifty-one years ago today, on April 23, 1870, to a solid middle-class family. His father, a liberal-minded educator, was not aristocratic, but kept life pleasant enough for Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanovis...
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Oblong Unspendable Nickels

Apr 20, 2021 |Mark Ryan
Forever wishing he was fishing, an urban teen could wade the creeks of Burnaby, angling for mischief and trout. For me, the once pristine city streams were the fascinating wrong-end of demographic flow. Trickling past concrete pillars holding millions...
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The Actor Class

Apr 15, 2021 |Mark Ryan
On TV the other night, the male lead, played by a beefy-looking Russian, was portraying a rugged outdoorsman. He was believable enough until he had to split a few pieces of firewood for his damsel -- and then the fourth wall sort of just fell on him....
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The Rain in Maine

Apr 01, 2021 |Mark Ryan
Good afternoon. It’s almost Good Friday. I’m passing along a fairly readable COVID/economic update that speaks to the massive injections of liquidity filtering through the markets, and the latest COVID news. From the report: Terminal Terminological Drift?...
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The thin red line - between a hero and a goat

Apr 01, 2021 |Mark Ryan
Friend of Seeds: Last week I wrote about Russian scientist Nikolay Vavilov. The storied agronomist had toured the world collecting a vast store of seeds and documenting their highest and best uses, in what he called a “mission for all humanity.” Like...
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