Category Archives: Sad

10 Things Elwin Hermanson Could Learn At A Library #skpoli #SaveSKLibraries

Former Reform MP and first leader of the Sask Party, Elwin Hermanson, came out of the woodwork (there’s a Hermanson/hermit pun in there somewhere) recently to weigh in on the backlash to the Sask Party’s cuts to public libraries… It’s hard to know where to start with such a clueless and misinformed post.  But I’ll try… […]

#skpoli #SaveSKLibraries – Music Monday – “Educated in a small town/Taught the fear of Jesus in a small town/Used to daydream in that small town/Another boring romantic that’s me”

There’s a hierarchy in rural Saskatchewan… First, you lose the hospital. The grain elevators close and are replaced by an inland terminal in a bigger town down the line. You used to have a handful of churches and soon you’re down to two or one or maybe even none. The local school closes and the kids […]

Saturday Snap – The Symbolism of a Rural Library’s Easter Display? #SaveSKLibraries #skpoli

I recently came across this picture I took at one of my branch libraries soon after I started working as Branch Supervisor for Southeast Regional Library in 2007. Like the communities where they’re located, many rural libraries are often relatively “conservative” in the dictionary (as opposed to the more loaded political) sense of the word […]

Secret Video Found of SaskParty Budget Deliberations! #skpoli #SaveSKLibraries

The 2016 Saskatchewan Provincial election took place one year ago today. Like me, I’m sure you’re shocked to realise that “Cut rural library budgets by over 50%” wasn’t listed in the Platform the Sask Party ran on during that election. They also didn’t release a budget prior to the election so voters could make a fully informed […]

Saturday Snap – Today’s Story at the Library #skpoli #SaveSKLibraries @premierbradwall @saskmla @dochertymark

Wanna know a secret? Although I’ve signed each of the various petitions that are available, attended rallies and done a lot of other work, both visible and behind the scenes, I haven’t formally written to my MLA or Minister Don Morgan or Premier Brad Wall about the recent cuts to Saskatchewan’s public libraries yet. As this blog, with over […]

What’s Something The Average American Doesn’t Understand About Being Poor?

How expensive it is.

When Donald Trump Is The President, Should Canadians Travel To the United States?

I’ve seen a few debates on social media sites as well as some media articles about whether Canadians and other non-Americans should “boycott” the United States with our business and/or personal travel? Those who say we shouldn’t boycott, say that it will hurt ordinary Americans.  Or the non-Trump supporters need us more than ever.  Or […]

Some *Real* (Not “Alternative”) Facts About #muslimban

Fears of Islamic Terrorists are greatly overblown.  Even if this ten-year average accounted for 9/11 deaths, Americans are *still* more likely to be killed getting hit by a bus! Trump’s “Muslim Ban” shows why he’s in a conflicted position as the first non-elected, non-military person to serve as President of the United States… Even *if* […]

86 Books Barack Obama Recommended During His Presidency

  Another thing I’m going to miss about Obama is that, unlike Cheeto Jesus, Obama was actually a reader. For the record… 1. The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer 2. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez 3. The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing 4. The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston 5. Brown Girl Dreaming, […]

Music Monday – “You’ll be doin’ all right, with your Christmas of white/But I’ll have a blue, blue blue blue Christmas”

This is a fitting song for my last Melancholy Christmas Music Monday post this month – both for the sad lyrics but also how its being performed in front of and indirectly evoking Barack Obama (and heck, if you squint, even the “Christmas of white” could be a reference to Trump’s support among white working […]