How often have you bought a portable electronic device only to find that within weeks there's a better one available? Thanks to the intense competition for customers, the shelf life of new laptops, smartphones and tablets has dropped to three months according to a recent Digitimes study.
On a sunny July day, wearing our new tweed coats and knitted Fair Isle tams, 4-year-old Dorothy and I stood on Dunoon pier with our mother, Jean. We held hands amid a small group of friends who had come to bid us farewell. I felt uneasy seeing tears trickle down Mother's face as the bagpipe music on the loudspeaker played, "Ye'r No' Awa' Tae Bide Awa'."
For those who live in Vancouver's Riverview neighborhood, Wintler Park is a sort of outdoor living room — but one they have to walk to carefully. To access the park from the east side, they head down Southeast Chelsea Avenue, cross the railroad tracks and walk along a fenced pathway.
'Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary ..." -- so wrote Edgar Allan Poe in his well-known poem "The Raven." Never did "nevermore" sound so full of doom as it does from the mouth of Poe's "ebony bird." I bring up "The Raven" because October puts me in a mood to ponder such things as ravens and midnight drearies. Don't get me wrong; I love this time of year. Brisk mornings, flame-colored leaves, autumn smells filling the air -- I fall under Mother Nature's spell every October. But it's also the time to bring out the Halloween decorations, carve pumpkins and tell ghost stories.