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Published in the Great North Arrow, March 2020: Keyboarding Roots & The Great Typewriter Challenge

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- jim Young ”There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” - Ernest Hemingway I began writing at an early age. I remember one Sunday afternoon pounding away on the keys of my mother’s Underwood typewriter at the dining room table to create a 2 page Newsletter with short stories and jokes mixed in with a hand drawn and hand coloured Woody Woodpecker. It was a very labourious work of art requiring several passes of the page to type my stories into a 3 column format. Typewriters were very unforgiving when it came to typos and each mistake had to be painstakingly erased with a special typewriter eraser that would rip the paper more often than not, if great care and attention was not given to the task. But my newsletter served its purpose of filling my boring afternoon and it didn’t bother me that I was only able to produce the one copy. After all, I had no one to read it anyway, as we lived in the country away from any friends and neighbours. My parents of

The Great Canadian Gun "Buy-Back" Plan

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Letter To The Editor, Time Magazine RE: Kid Of The Year

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This is a copy of the Letter to the Editor that I emailed to Time's Editor-in-Chief and CEO, Edward Felsenthal on February 4th. In spite of the instant reply promising a response within 3 to 5 days, I have had no reply at the time of posting. Letter To The Editor, Time Magazine RE: Kid Of The Year Editor-in-Chief/CEO: Edward Felsenthal Dear Mr. Felsenthal, What a wonderful thing you have done by recognizing the positive contributions made by young people with your new “Kid Of The Year” award in Time magazine. Congratulations to the first recipient of this title, 15 year old Gitanjali Rao of Denver, Colorado. These children are the future of our planet and deserve all of the recognition, praise and encouragement they can muster. I would however, request you consider one small change to this title of “Kid Of The Year” by making it “Child Of The Year.” And by extension might I also recommend you rename your website feature “Time For Kids” to “Time For Children”. I know most people are

Exciting News

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What They Said and What We Heard

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Disclaimer

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- jim Young “There's only you and me and we just disagree. - Dave Mason” Disclaimer: Most of my articles are nothing more than my opinion. That is not to say that they do not contain factual information, nor would I ever purposely include misleading or false information, just that the conclusions I draw from whatever material I have presented, is my opinion. I stop short of adding “and my opinion only” because I would hope that if my opinion is not already shared with others, that my presentation of the material I present might be convincing enough to win you over. If not, that’s okay too. At least you have heard me out and perhaps I have provided you with some food for thought. And at the very least, I would hope you have been entertained. I will accept responsibility for anything that I put my name to. Mind you, I also want the credit. But under no circumstances would I expect anyone else to accept responsibility (or take credit) for any of my literary work. That sounds reasonab

An Open Letter To Kate

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Recently I saw this letter on Facebook to Doug Ford from a young, 13 year old girl named Kate. Following it is an open letter in response to Kate, from me, that I hope will be of some use to Kate and any child (and their parents) that may be going through the same thing that Kate is. An Open Letter To Kate - jim Young “Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk. - Carl Jung” Dear Kate, Quit listening to your parents whining.  They have misled, you if you believe any of your inconveniences are the fault of Doug Ford or any other individual politician.  Trust me, I am not going to tell you that I believe Doug Ford or any individual is doing everything right but you should know that whatever inconvenience you are suffering is the direct result of the pandemic. Who do your parents blame when a tornado or a hurricane strikes? Do they also blame politicians for taking action to ensure the safety of the people who are affected then? Ask your parents what they think sho