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Globe & Mail response on the intelligence of crows

Posted on July 5, 2016 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (2406)

Here's a link to the Globe and Mail article in Facts and Arguments, June 2016:

And here's my response, published in Letters to the Editor, Globe & Mail, July 4, 2016


Congratulations to Paul Grant for ‘Crows Never Forget a Face’ in ‘Facts and Arguments’ [June 26]: a well-written an...

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March 28, 2016: a grim anniversary

Posted on March 28, 2016 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (2)

March 28, 2016

It’s March 28th again. Seventy-five years ago today Virginia Woolf drowned herself in the River Ouse. And each year during the days leading up to this date, I think of her.

A prolific and critically acclaimed writer, Woolf was a brilliant (some say genius) novelist who struggled with periods of “madness”. For weeks or months at a time she would experience disrupted sleep, be unable to speak coherently or to eat, she would he...

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Jane Rule (1931-2007) and me

Posted on March 8, 2016 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (3)

Jane Rule (1931-2007) and me

I’m sorry to say I never met Jane Rule.


I knew about her, of course; she was in the media spotlight now and then, particularly in the 1970s when I was coming of age. I wanted to look for her books at the library but was afraid her high public profile made asking for—or worse, being seen reading—them feel like some big public announcement I wasn’t ready to ma...

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