Category Archives: Officialdom

Musings on my strongest point: dealing calmly with those in positions of authority.

Flaggin’ It

A mathematical deep-dive into national emblems. Continue reading

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The Drum Roll, Please

An exciting announcement, on behalf of the Government of Canada. You heard it here first. Continue reading

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Security Theatre?

Somehow I don’t feel any safer. Continue reading

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Who You Gonna Call?

I’ve been robbed. Call the police. Continue reading

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Open Sesame?

Waiting in line at a border crossing, I am reminded of, and inspired by, a classical scene from a classic fantasy novel: The Lord of the Rings. Continue reading

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What Do You Mean by That?

Razor sharp after a midnight departure from Vancouver and 15 hours in the air, I squint again at Question 9. The series of 11 questions had started with a seemingly innocuous lead-in: “Are you bringing into Australia . . . … Continue reading

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Stick. String. Nerve. Not.

As a communicator, my default assumption is that a situation gone bad—whether at home or work—is all about the medium selected, the words chosen, the tone used. But the failure here was not one of communication, but of nerve. Continue reading

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Sloppy Is As Sloppy Does

A badly designed medical-information form provokes a rant about being sloppy and some consideration about when being careful really matters. Are you planning to get pregnant in the next three months? I look around.  No, it’s just me and the … Continue reading

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E is for Eye Doctor

The little kid within still carries a grudge against a suspicious school nurse from 40 years ago. Continue reading

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