We went to see Gordon Lightfoot at TCU Place in Saskatoon on Monday. I have to admit before I went I wasn’t sure how many people would show up and whether he could still sing. He’ll turn 79 in two weeks. Well, his voice certainly isn’t what it was. It’s thin and raspy compared to his heyday. But the Sid Buckwold Theatre was packed with an appreciative audience who made him feel welcome and applauded after every song.
Today I thought I’d impart some words of wisdom that make sense to me and I hope to you. We’ll start with an obvious one: If you tell the truth, you never have to remember anything. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it. Good judgement comes from bad experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement.
One of the oldest and certainly most successful junior football clubs in the country, the Saskatoon Hilltops, are heading east to try and win a record 4th Canadian championship in a row. That’s pretty darn good for a club that had its origins in the early 1920’s among teenage boys from Caswell Hill whose playground was Cairns Field and who played hockey and baseball as well as rugby football. Hilltops have always had a reputation for aggressiveness, hard running and hard tackling.
It’s October 31st; Halloween; All Hallows Eve; All Saints Day. Call it what you will, the day has both Christian and pagan roots celebrating the end of warm weather and to honour the spirits of the dead. It was first a Celtic holiday because they celebrated the New Year on November 1st. The night before, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred and the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22nd, 1963 remains one of the most fascinating topics of discussion from the 20th century, at least for older baby boomers (and there are a lot of us). For millennials I guess it’s just a footnote in history that older people bring up once in a while and documentaries are still shown about on tv. For my generation it’s one of those events where you can remember where you were and what you were doing when you first heard about it.