Category Archives: Language usage

Language usage, which is related to story management, is concerned with how we use language for specified purposes. The category includes topics related to the intersection of language and power, and the capacity of power and authority to distort language usage. Language usage, like story management, also concerns itself with the distinction, in everyday life, including in matters concerned with civic engagement, between rhetoric and reality. As well, the category is concerned with the formal, systematic study of rhetoric, and with humanity’s attempts to define reality, and the attempts to position the history of humanity within the context of the history of the universe.

I much appreciate learning about the work of Stuart McGill (“Dr. Spine”) of Waterloo

I owe many thanks to Jacqueline Marie Murdoch of Toronto for her reference, some time back, to the work of Stuart McGill of Waterloo. Several books by Stuart McGill are available at the Toronto Public Library. As well, several YouTube … Continue reading

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Respect speaks its own language

In the course of my life, I’ve faced the usual numbers of trials and tribulations. From time to time, I’ve learned things that have stood me in good stead. One of the things I have learned, with regard to life’s … Continue reading

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On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, Toronto Council adopted the Long Branch Neighbourhood Character Guidelines with amendment by Councillor Grimes

The following message is from the Long Branch Neighbourhood Association: Another step towards thoughtful planning in Long Branch! On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, our City Council adopted the Long Branch Neighbourhood Character Guidelines with the following amendment by Councillor Grimes. … Continue reading

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Marketing remains a key driving force, fueling the opioid crisis. That said, marketing can also serve positive purposes.

An Oct. 30, 2017 New Yorker article is entitled: “The Family That Built an Empire of Pain: The Sackler dynasty’s ruthless marketing of painkillers has generated billions of dollars – and millions of addicts.” It’s a good read. Click here … Continue reading

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Mindfulness is a great thing, as is human happiness – especially without the hype!

I’ve written about my encounters (such encounters as continue, as I type this) with mindfulness, and will not bore you with a retelling of a tale about what I have learned, as a beginner practitioner (it’s been going on for … Continue reading

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Curated Decay (2017). Some things are worth preserving. Some things can’t be preserved. Better by far to watch them rot.

This post concerns Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving (2017) by Caitlin DeSilvey. I first learned about this impressive book some time back on Twitter. You can access a London School of Economics review of it here. If you do a Twitter … Continue reading

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From LRT construction to waterfront development, Mississauga appears to be surpassing Toronto when it comes to vision: Dec. 5, 2017 Toronto Star article

A Dec. 5, 2017 Toronto Star article is entitled: “Mississauga is starting to think past its suburban status: From LRT construction to waterfront development, the city appears to be surpassing Toronto when it comes to vision, writes Christopher Hume.” Citizen … Continue reading

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Richard J. Evans’s trilogy and related 2015 text offers a first-rate historical overview of Nazi Germany

Richard J. Evans’s Nazi Germany trilogy along with The Third Reich in History and Memory (2015) is strongly evidence-based, and is presented within a framework that is well-reasoned and well-informed by the available historiography. A Jan. 4, 2016 review by … Continue reading

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Florida Project: An open-ended treatment of the events, themes, and spectacles of everyday life

I recently saw the Florida Project playing at the Revue Cinema at 400 Roncesvalles Ave. in Toronto. I was impressed with both the film and the venue. If you have the opportunity to see this film, I recommend it strongly. As … Continue reading

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Franklin Horner Community Centre program delves into history of Etobicoke’s lakeshore communities – Dec. 6, 2017 Etobicoke Guardian article

A Dec. 6, 2017 Etobicoke Guardian article by Cynthia Reason is entitled: “South Etobicoke Historical Voyage sails on to Alderwood: Franklin Horner Community Centre program delves into history of Etobicoke’s lakeshore communities.” First-rate article by Cynthia Reason I am very impressed … Continue reading

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