When Charlie wants to go for a walk he sits close by and does a whiny sort of a noise. It’s not a bark, but he knows what he wants and he wants it twice a day. Just after breakfast, and just before supper. It also happens to be when all his friends are out for a walk as well. It happened again this afternoon. I was sitting at the computer, tapping away when he sat down beside me. “Okay,” I said. “In a minute. I just have to finish this thought.” About three thoughts later, he became more persistent. He started scratching my leg,Read More →

The mind of a dog is a mystery, and that’s not a bad thing. Mysteries contain nuggets of knowledge, and all you need is a key to unlock them. Puzzle over one for a while, and you’ll find the truth that lies below. That’s what makes a walk with Charlie such an adventure. You never know where you’ll go while you go around the block. We hadn’t gone very far last Sunday when I mentioned that it was the 26th anniversary of the day on which a man went into an engineering school in Montreal and killed 14 women. “Why did he do that?” CharlieRead More →

I am Alan Pickersgill. I retired from the regularly paid workforce in July 2015. Before then, I worked as a community coordinator for two housing co-ops in Guelph, but not both at the same time. From 1995 to 2014 I wrote a weekly opinion column for the Guelph Tribune. As I rebuild my web site, I will bring links to these columns and other things I have written. I have also worked as a communications director, a workplace health and safety training developer, and a maintenance mechanic millwright. For most of my working life I belonged to a union. In various jobs I’ve been in the United ElectricalRead More →

Guelph Tribune, 08 March 2012 Misogyny is the hatred of women. It’s not a pleasant thing to think about today, International Women’s Day, but it just won’t go away . It would be nice to think we could get through at least one day in relative peace, but we won’t. Today, somewhere in Guelph, more than one man will lash out in anger. More than one wife, daughter, sister or mother will be hurt. Domestic violence is ingrained into our culture. A lot of people were justifiably upset and disturbed during this year’s Grammy Awards. That’s where the American music industry honours its big achievers.Read More →