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.

Long Branch Character Guidelines final staff report awaits debate at Toronto Council (Update: It’s been deferred)

Update: A more recent post is entitled: Staff report regarding Long Branch Character Guidelines deferred at Dec. 8, 2017 Toronto Council meeting; slated to go to Council in January 2018 [End]   The Long Branch Character Guidelines final staff report … Continue reading

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As residents, neighbourhoods, and societies, we become what we imagine ourselves to be

The concept that we become what we imagine ourselves to be (or what we pretend ourselves to be) is from a quote in a book by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. The concept also brings to mind a line from William Blake, … Continue reading

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Public education about stuttering: Stuttering 101 – Globe and Mail, Dec. 9, 2010 (that is, twenty-ten)

For many years, I was focused on volunteer work related to public education about stuttering, a speech condition that I had the good fortune to successfully deal with, many years ago – in July 1987, to be exact, when I attended … Continue reading

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Swearing pulls on the emotional centres of the brain – I Swear (2017) by Emma Byrne

A Nov. 24, 2017 CBC article is entitled – and I swear this is true – “‘Swearing is Good for You’: The evolutionary advantages of f-bombs.” The article refers to a book by Emma Byrne entitled: I Swear: The Surprising … Continue reading

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When I visit the USA, I adopt the mindset of “the foreign correspondent”

Update As noted in a comment at the end of this post, the flippant tone of my review of the Chicago Tribune “gentrification” article is perhaps not warranted. Accordingly, a tentative bottom line that occurs to me, influenced by the … Continue reading

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My father’s photo album from 1936 Berlin Olympics prompts my reading of Richard J. Evans’s trilogy about Nazi Germany

I have long been pondering how to approach the writing of a post about my late father’s 1936 Berlin Olympics photo album. The photo on the right was taken in Tartu, Estonia in 1936 or earlier. The photo, which is available … Continue reading

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Humber Bay Park Project – Building Concept

I’ve recently received a notice about a CCFEW Bird Walk. The notice includes a reference to the Humber Bay Park project. The text in the message refers to an Oct. 30, 2017 meeting about the Humber Bay Park architectural component. … Continue reading

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Alfred Ramcharan served as administrator at early 1960s External Aid Office conferences, while he studied education at Macdonald College and McGill

The Alfred Ramcharan story is fascinating – including the information that, before he became a  highly regarded math teacher at Malcolm Campbell High School, he taught elementary and secondary school in Trinidad for several years, without a formal secondary school education. … Continue reading

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Byung-Chul Han is author of In the Swarm: Digital Prospects (2017) among other recent books

I have been reading In the Swarm: Digital Prospects (2017) in recent weeks. Today I need to return it to the Toronto Public Library. I look forward to placing a hold on again in future, so that I can read … Continue reading

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Humber Bay Parks – Architectural Project Public Meeting Mon., Oct. 30, 2017 Mimico Library

Following message is from CCFEW (an organization that would hugely benefit from having a shorter and catchier name): Humber Bay Parks – Architectural Project Public Meeting Monday, October 30 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. & 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Mimico Centennial … Continue reading

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