Oct 19, 2021 |Mark Ryan
Go Boldly This week, the man best known as Captain James T. Kirk joined a small crew and boldly went to the sky inside a really and truly spaceship. The privately built, New Shepard spacecraft took the 90 year old William Shatner AKA “Geezer-pants,” over...
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Try this at home

Oct 08, 2021 |Mark Ryan
The leaves -- those bright, glorious hangers-on -- are making their way toward composting dirt, our potatoes are harvested, and our tomatoes are salsa for another day. The fall pause in stock values has… well, paused, for the week at least. Meanwhile...
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Where's the Omelette?

Sep 28, 2021 |Mark Ryan
The problem with the Chinese market, or any market, is when it isn’t one. By 1978, China’s determined effort at egalitarianism had resulted in tens of millions victims, all equally dead. Faced with starvation, farmers in the tiny village of Xiaogang gathered...
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Men in Tights

Sep 21, 2021 |Mark Ryan
Happy election day. At the final whistle of my first official soccer game, the goaltender on my own team must have felt threatened by the new kid. He stormed over, unprovoked, and tried to bump me to the ground, announcing: “I knocked the wind out a guy...
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Cat's in the Cradle

Sep 14, 2021 |Mark Ryan
By October 1, 1988, Justin Trudeau’s daddy had been PM for 13 of the boy’s 16 years. Reagan was US president, Thatcher was the UK Prime Minister, and on that very day Gorbachev was sworn in as the Soviet head of state. Prime Minister Brian Mulroney called...
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Look up. Look wayyyyyyy up.

Sep 08, 2021 |Mark Ryan
Good afternoon. The federal election is 17 days away, as the parties fall over themselves spending and getting up in our business. This week, our crack team at head office compiled a synopsis of major party platforms, which – if I’m honest – just made...
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I could do that

Aug 31, 2021 |Mark Ryan
Down in Vancouver this week for a family thing, and tripped over a memory as always. Today, the Grouse Grind is a grueling hike in North Vancouver, so-named because of its steep incline and proximity to the posh, populated West Vancouver. The stiff climb...
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3.89 times around the earth

Aug 16, 2021 |Mark Ryan
Good afternoon, Never-Ending Stories: If we’re having a hard time wrapping a mask around our faces for the latest threat from Covid, the weather outside might give us another reason to do so. Here’s a few tidbits to inhale, on a smoky weekend, as we anticipate...
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It's Gonna Be Alright

Aug 03, 2021 |Mark Ryan
Good afternoon, Just a few quick notes this afternoon as we head in to the August long-weekend. Building mental resilience -- Olympian Clara Hughes Sometimes right when we need strength, we just can’t muster it, emotionally, mentally, physically – whatever...
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He didn't what?

Jul 21, 2021 |Mark Ryan
Good Afternoon, Friday Trivia: What former head of state adamantly refused to brush his teeth, bathe or even wash his hands for decades? Instead, he allowed one of his fawning minions to occasionally sponge him off. (Ew). Unhelpful Hints: 1) Years after...
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