Murrant’s Rant: DST (Dog Standard Time)

Originally Published on November 5, 2015 http://southshorebreaker.ca/2015/11/10/murrants-rant-dst-dogs-standard-time/ http://capebretonstar.ca/2015/11/05/murrants-rant-dst-dogs-standard-time/   What do Arizona, Hawaii and my dog all have in common? Give up? None of them observe Daylight Saving Time. I think they’re onto something. For them, it’s business as usual year round. In fact, four-fifths of the Earth’s humans, and five-fifths of the non-humans, don’t […]

Murrant’s Rant: Realification

Originally Published on January 27, 2016 http://dartmouthtribune.ca/2016/02/02/murrants-rant-realification/ http://halifaxcitizen.ca/2016/01/27/murrants-rant-realification/ http://capebretonstar.ca/2016/01/27/murrants-rant-realification/   I didn’t think it was really a word. I thought I had stumbled upon one of those rare, original ideas. I called it “Walmartification.” It was the only word I could think of to sum up my feelings about the mass availability of consumer goods, the […]

Murrant’s Rant: The Bay of Absurdity

Originally Published on September 10, 2015 The Cape Breton Star – http://capebretonstar.ca/2015/09/09/the-bay-of-absurdity/    I’m not an economist.  I guess that’s why the logic behind the Nova Star Ferry eludes me.  As you may have read recently in the news, we (taxpayers) are well on our way to spending $13-million this year to keep the Nova Star […]

Effort to save Stone Church more to do with history and community than with religion

Originally Published on October 22, 2015 http://capebretonstar.ca/2015/10/21/effort-to-save-stone-church-more-to-do-with-history-and-community-than-with-religion/ Mariners have been using the Stone Church to navigate the mouth of Sydney Harbour since 1916. Perched high on a Victoria Mines hillside, the church is one of the first landmarks to greet cruise ship visitors as they arrive. It was also one of the last images of […]

Murrant’s Rant: Social traffic

Originally published on October 14, 2015 http://capebretonstar.ca/2015/10/14/murrants-rant-social-traffic/ You might not have noticed, but there are no stop-signs in a roundabout.  It’s one of the great things about roundabouts.  You don’t have to stop unless it’s really necessary.  I love that – which is why I’m always flummoxed when the car ahead of me comes to […]

Murrant’s Rant: No cure for greed

Originally published October 7, 2015 http://capebretonstar.ca/2015/10/07/murrants-rant-no-cure-for-greed/ We are taught the difference between right and wrong from the earliest possible age.  The Sesame Street ethics of cooperation, sharing, and honesty are indelibly etched into our collective consciousness.  It’s not a new concept.  Long before Mr. Rogers was teaching us about being neighbourly, the Golden Rule was […]