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My enormous inner child needs constant feeding and watering. Yours should too.

Not with other kids. Just the two of you because only you know what nourishes the kid in you because…well, you were that kid a very long time ago.

You may be a grownup now, but you’re just as curious, thrill-seeking and weirdo as you were when you were caught in Mr. McGillicuddy’s garden. Which proves that we never really grow up. We only learn how to act in public.

So spend some time with these bites of condensed curiosity. …


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People are either foxes, who know many things, or hedgehogs, who know one big thing. That 2,700 year-old idea comes from the Greek poet Archilochus.

He’s wrong. People are foxes and hedgehogs, especially on the weekend when our foxes emerge and when the Ramsay Writes blog isn’t about one thing, but a lot of them. Or rather, it sets up the fox in you to explore many different ideas, or burrow deep into one or two.

So here’s this weekend’s menu for the animals that drive you.

1. Keeping up with the billionaires. Last week, Forbes…


Heinrich Heine said that when fees to attend Harvard in the mid-1800s were $250 and not the $48,000 they are today. He didn’t mean that kind of school, of course, though in America the cost of getting educated is as high as the cost of getting sick. But for everyone who’s experienced the pandemic, the fees range from stiff to deadly.

Except in one area of schooling: the online world we’ve all been forced to work on and often live off. …


The Globe and Mail is not where I’m used to seeing “snakes in your bed” headlines.

But this one came close last month: “Catalyst offered up to $11-million to Israeli firm that launched sting on Ontario judge.”

Catalyst Capital is a Toronto private equity company that sued one of its rivals, West Face Capital, for allegedly misusing confidential information to stop Catalyst from buying an interest in the startup mobile operator Wind Mobile which is now called Freedom Mobile. …


THE STRONG, SILENT, PSYCHO TYPE

In 1966, Harvard researcher Timothy Leary would spend weekends with his students at a mansion in Dutchess County, New York where they’d smoke dope and drop acid. Now Dutchess county was and is one of the most right-wing counties in America, and the good burghers there didn’t take kindly to this at all.

So one night, there was a knock on the mansion door. Leary opened it and was met by a posse of officers, among them the local prosecutor wearing a trench-coat and moustache, who promptly arrested him.

G. Gordon Liddy and Timothy Leary met a second time in…


None of us was alive for the original Jim Crow laws back in the 1920s which made racial segregation legal in the southern United States. “Colored only” washrooms, poll taxes, “back of the bus” and IQ tests asking “how many bubbles in a bar of soap?” weren’t just the rule, they were the law.

Jim Crow laws were crushed by the relentless march of social progress. Or it seemed so until Donald Trump was elected President in 2016 and Republicans decided that one way to stop them was voter suppression.

Their thinking was, if we can keep Blacks and their…


Until the late 1800s, people worked six days a week, with Sunday their day of rest — and in many places, church.

The idea of a weekend as two very different days “in which we can do what we please” was lovingly chronicled by Witold Rybczynski​ in Waiting for the Weekend.

COVID weekends are a new subset, of course, filled with empty hours or blessed relief from a week of Zoom.

So here are some diversions to take you to new places, or re-take your love of old familiar ones.

This is my weekly Omnium Gatherum blog, the Oh Gee…

Bob Ramsay

Bob Ramsay is a Toronto writer, communications consultant and speaker series host: www.ramsayinc.com. The Plague-Ground is his daily blog.

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