Review – Just farming

Review – Just farming

Amish people are often looked upon as quaint cultural curiosities by those of us who are, well, not Amish. The idea of a horse and buggy on a country road makes for a fuzzy feeling. It is tempting to think something like this: “Is it just wonderful that some people still live in this old-fashioned way?” Or to remark, “I’ve heard that they hire people with tractors, but won’t own one. And some of them have propane refrigerators but won’t have electric ones; quite inconsistent.” We condescend to what we don’t understand.

I need a blessing

I need a blessing

I have missed it lately and more often. It has been missing from contemporary worship services for quite some time. I remember hearing, in the early 90s, “Goodbye, have a good day.” Now it is often missing altogether from traditional services. I recently heard a pastor tell the congregation that he was closing with a wish. I need a blessing.

Review – Heartfelt heroics

Review – Heartfelt heroics

Five minutes into The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and characters are already acting stupidly. Or at least not acting how you or I might act, were we placed in a similar situation. There’s this scientist on a plane, secreting away some high-clearance research data on his laptop. The plane is hijacked, but the scientist is able to overcome his attacker, and get back to securing the data. The hijacker wasn’t subdued enough, of course – no handcuffs, no incapacitating blow to the noggin – and he springs back up, attacking our beleaguered scientist. Chaos ensues.

E-cigarettes:  A secondary concern and a call for regulation

E-cigarettes: A secondary concern and a call for regulation

E-cigarettes seem to be a way of reducing some of the harmful effects of normal cigarettes, as I outlined in a recent column. In these electronic devices a fluid is vaporized by a battery-powered heater, and the vapour is inhaled by the user. No tars or other cancer-inducing agents are produced. Understandably, this apparent increased safety of e-cigarettes has given rise to considerable interest. On the whole I feel these devices are a good thing.