Monthly Archives: April, 2010

Smiler or Smiter: the choice is clear

Here’s food for thought: Google the term “she was always smiling” (a popular, if brainless, way to eulogize the departed) and you’ll get over 234,000 hits. Oddly, the figure goes up for men: change “she” to “he” and you get a whopping 357,000 hits. The message is clear: The curmudgeons shall inherit the earth. Growl …

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Appropriometer™: get yours today!

Fellow humans, are you tired of wondering whether or not to pull out your nail clippers on the subway, or whether others will object if you floss your teeth on the bus? Are your nerves worn to a nub from silently debating whether or not it’s OK to wear pyjama bottoms to the board meeting? …

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When Smiters cry

Not very many things make Dr Smiter cry. Exceptions are animal shelter commercials, almost every episode of “Little House on the Prairie,” the last couple of lines of Dylan Thomas’s “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” and that Canadian Tire commercial from a few years back where the little boy growing up in the Depression knows …

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Miracle at CBC Radio

Be still, my heart. Last night while listening to “Here and Now,” CBC Radio One’s drive-home show in Toronto, they played a piece of music that wasn’t Latin or jazz. Normally I drive to and from work with one finger poised over the “off” button on the radio (contravening some crucial part of the Highway …

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