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Why You Don’t Need To Love What You Do … Or Even Like It

…I’ve heard it said more times than I can count (and twice just this past weekend): If I dislike my job so much, why don’t I find something else? To my mind, the answer should be obvious… Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS – An Atheist’s Reflections

Christmas is a mess of a holiday, and it’s meaning is always changing, but I love it all the same. And while some atheists might prefer to say “Happy Holidays” or some other such nonsense, I’ll forever say … Continue reading

THE CURE FOR BALDNESS: Finally, the Answers You’ve Been Looking For

… I was impressed by the results; so too was my wife … until she got a closer look and remarked that Toppik made it look like my head was growing mold… Continue reading

Why I’m Striving Not to Be Such an Angry Atheist

Getting angry, while sometimes appropriate, is not always the wisest and most effective approach. And here, my atheist and believer friends, are four very good reasons why… Continue reading

My Neighbour Just Won The Lottery, And I’m A Better Man Because Of It

You’d think I’d be jealous of Chuck’s good fortune. Yet I’m not. I’m actually happy for him. And nobody could be more surprised by that response than me… Continue reading

An Open Letter to BILLY TALENT Drummer Aaron Solowoniuk

Multiple Sclerosis ravages the body – it is a kind of suffering that I can only imagine. Even so, you appear to be meeting it with a kind of quiet fortitude that is nothing short of inspiring… Continue reading

JEDI, JUSTIN, and JIHAD – the 2015 Year In Review

What follows are this year’s highlights, as determined by me. It’s as objective as the unquestionable superiority of crunchy peanut butter. Know the crunch. Respect the crunch… Continue reading

Why the Phrase “WAKE UP WORLD” is Really Just Code for: “I’M AN ASSHOLE”

What I find myself most wanting to respond to, however, is not to the terror attacks in Paris (to which no response seems adequate), but to the “I Told You So” mentality being bandied about by many on the far right… Continue reading

CHILDHOOD INNOCENCE – It Doesn’t Exist, So Stop Trying To Protect It

…Little kids, from infants to aspiring ten-year-olds, are many things, but innocent is not one of them. No, friends, what children are is ignorant… Continue reading

HOT DAMN #1 — Peanut Butter

Life’s Wonders Praised in Wildly Suggestive, Oddball, and Nonsense Ways In an effort to offer a counterpoint to my usual cynical antics, I’ve decided on a new project:  a weekly, year-long discussion of those things in my life that I enjoy.  For those keeping count, that’s one new thing every week.  But, never one for … Continue reading

On Life, Turning Thirty, and Big Ears Teddy

OPINION By Z. S. Roe I’m a slacker. My commitment to this blog surely demonstrates that. When WordPress informed me in one of their jazzy Year End celebrations that I’d made only a single post in 2014, I thought that they must be wrong. Surely, they were misinformed. But they weren’t. I’ve been slacking off. … Continue reading

A Failing Grade: On Being a Suspended Teacher

Opinion By Z.S. Roe Once upon a time I was a certified teacher in the province of Ontario. But not anymore. I’ve now been officially suspended. As of April 30th, I can no longer teach in any publicly funded school. No, the reasons for my suspension were not nefarious, nor were they illegal. After four … Continue reading

Writing a Novel — What a Joke!

Opinion By Z.S. Roe I’m writing a novel – you’re ecstatic, I know. The good news is that I nixed the original plan to do bi-monthly vlog updates on my novel.  Instead of seeing me prattle in front of a camera about just how many words I’ve written every other week, you’re getting this one … Continue reading

Life Advice: Burn Your Boats … And Then Panic

Opinion by Z.S. Roe // Decision making – there’s no escaping it. Should I take the job or should I not take the job?  Should I have kids or should I spend my time and money on myself?  Should I buy a house or rent an apartment?  Should I make a cup of tea now … Continue reading

On Being Laid Off and the End of a Family Business

Opinion By Z. S. Roe *As appeared in the Cambridge Times Everything happens for a reason. This is what the twelve of us were told when we were laid off.  Our company, a small shop in Galt, had finally run out of money and would be closing.  Worse yet, we were going to lose our … Continue reading

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