Author Archives: EJ Lavoie

About EJ Lavoie

Writer and independent publisher with website www.WhiskyJackPublishing.ca

CANADA’S ALBATROSS

Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink. The worst nightmare of the Ancient Mariner is being replicated in Canada. I want to understand why. You know the whine of the Ancient Mariner1 – that he must relive the … Continue reading

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UNDER ARREST

Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it. In this matter, Stephen Leacock misspoke, for advertising is not a science, it is an art, and art requires imagination. It … Continue reading

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POACHERS, WELCOME TO PARADISE!

Trust, but verify. I love this maxim. People love the truth, love telling the truth, love hearing the truth. And as often as not, people will fudge the truth. People are funny that way. Tigers aren’t laughing. Tigers are dying … Continue reading

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GIANTS OF OLD

Surely we ought to be giants, living in such a country as this. The playwright, Anton Chekhov, was remarking on his own country. He prefaced the remark with The Lord God has given us vast forests, immense fields, wide horizons … Continue reading

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MY TEETH ARE STRONG

Honour thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in the land . . . This sentiment comes to mind because I can hear the harvesting machinery ravaging the bush just across the lake from our home. … Continue reading

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PEACE COMES DROPPING SLOW

I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines. God, I wish I’d written that. More to the point, … Continue reading

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SO, CROWN ME!

Not without right. So reads the motto on the Shakespearean family’s coat-of-arms. It is the case that William, and his father, John, applied to the Garter King of Arms for an armorial bearing to flaunt their noble antecedents. Some scholars … Continue reading

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HOLY SPIT!

Fuddle duddle! In February 1971, Prime Minister P.E. Trudeau admitted to the press that he had “mouthed” something like those words during an exchange in the House of Commons. Montrealers have always been connaisseurs of blue language. Today, as you … Continue reading

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HOW TO BOOST TOURISM : A FABLE

A definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein couldn’t have said it better. We, the residents of Goshen and the rest of the Northwest, face a bleak future. We have … Continue reading

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A TASTE OF HOME

You can get a lot farther with a kind word and a gun than with a kind word alone. This piece of wisdom is shared by General Al Capone and the gangster Rick Hillier, or have I got that backwards? … Continue reading

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