Nature vs Nurture vs . . .

. . . pivotal events.

There is an ongoing debate on whether Nature or Nurture is more important in shaping an individual’s character. Sure they’re factors, but a person is more than just a point on the line that has Nurture at one extreme and Nature at the other. At least as important is a third element: pivotal events. Continue reading Nature vs Nurture vs . . .


In the spring . . .

. . . a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of . . . projects! (Lord Tennyson rocks!)

Life is good; the sump is dry, bathroom renovations are almost complete, my son has a summer job, my daughter’s school concert was amazing (they performed Hallelujah!). As well, Ottawa weather has been awesome for the last couple of weeks; I feel like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon; a bear from hibernation, the provincial PC party from the political wilderness. Continue reading In the spring . . .

Charitable Interpretation

I came across the term “Charitable Interpretation” the other day. It recommends that, when critiquing someone else’s statement, do so “in the most rational way possible and, in the case of any argument, considering its best, strongest possible interpretation”. It caused a moment of chagrin because I am often uncharitable (although not to the extent of Cathy Newman (link) during her interview of Jordan Peterson). Continue reading Charitable Interpretation

Success! 165 pounds!

I have been interested in my weight since 2007 when I suddenly realized that I weighed 210 pounds. I didn’t feel overweight, but the medical establishment disagreed, my Body Mass Index (BMI) was 28.8 (link); I was twelve pounds away from obesity! Clearly something had to be done. I briefly considered denial (after all I have big bones) but decided that would be my Plan B. Continue reading Success! 165 pounds!