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No Offence Intended

- jim Young 20200701

“I'm just a soul whose intentions are good
Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood.”
                                   - Bennie Benjamin, Horace Ott and Sol Marcus 

The first thing we learn to do as babies is how to communicate. If we are unhappy or uncomfortable we instinctively cry and our parents will attempt to soothe us.

Sometimes, however, they don’t soothe us in the way we want to be soothed.

We quickly learn that if we cry one way, they will feed us. If we cry a little differently they will change our diapers and yet another cry will get us rocked.

With that communication comes power. Just from crying.

As we grow older our needs become more complex and our sounds develop into words to accommodate these needs.

The average English speaking adult today knows and uses about 20,000 words and probably knows and understands another 20,000 words.

Almost every word also has multiple meanings, some up to 430.

However you look at it, that’s a lot of words…


"I can sit for hours in front of the T.V.  And if I get bored... I'll get up and turn it ON." - jim Young

Published in The Great North Arrow, July 2019: Introduction

“Pleased to meet you. Hope you guess my name.” - Jagger/Richards
- jim Young

Hello to all the readers of the Great North Arrow. I am excited to join the team with my own column that I hope you will enjoy reading each month.

I’d like to introduce myself and tell you a bit about my background.

The first thing you will note about me when you read my byline is my name is jim Young. No, that’s not a typo. The “j” in lower case is how I print my first name. It helps to keep me humble which can be kinda hard for a writer sometimes whenever he or she sees their name in print.

The capital “Y” in my last name however, signifies my pride in my family name.

I first lived in Stroud, Ontario and then Painswick before it was annexed by the City of Barrie. In the 50s and 60s these both were small communities where everyone knew your name.

The people were laid back, friendly and always looking out for their neighbours’ best interest.

So it shouldn’t be a surprise that when My Shirley and I…

Buffalo Chicken Dip

- jim Young 20200615

This is a great snack to bring to a party or to serve as an appetizer when you have friends over.

But sometimes it's a long time until your next party or gathering with friends - like when a pandemic comes around and all of a sudden parties and gatherings are outlawed.

The great thing about being a grown up is you don't have to wait for a party or a gathering. You can make this up any time you want just because you like it.

You can serve it with tortilla chips, crackers or vegetables like carrot or celery sticks. Whatever you want.

Sometimes I will make up just a ½ batch of this delicious dip - just for me.

Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 30 min.
Total Time: 40 min.

Stuff Required:
1 cup boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and diced,½ cup hot sauce4 oz cream cheese, softened½ cup sour cream¼ cup mayonnaise¼ cup blue cheese, crumbled¾ cup shredded cheddar cheeseDo This:
Preheat oven to 350° F.Mix all ingredients into an oven proof dish.Bake 20-30 minutes unt…

Feeling Safe Yet?

- jim Young 20200613

"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.” - Plato

In the wake of a senseless tragedy that occurs, such as last April when a gunman killed 22 people in Nova Scotia, it’s natural to feel vulnerable and seek ways to make us feel safer.

Trudeau, through an Order-In-Council, took action to assure the public’s safety by banning 1,500 variants of 11 types of firearms.

Two of the weapons used by the gunman in Nova Scotia are on that list.

Does that make you feel safer? It shouldn’t.

They were already illegal, at least in the hands of the gunman, so in fact nothing has changed really, except that the rights of many “law-abiding citizens” have now been infringed upon because laws that were already in place, were not being enforced.

In fact ALL of the weapons used by the gunman were illegally obtained, many of them from the U.S.

Can someone please explain to me how passing NEW laws protects Canadian…

Guns, Guns, Guns

- jim Young 20200603
“I consider any gun that can chamber a round and send a projectile down its barrel at a high rate of speed into my body - causing me injury or death - to be an assault weapon.” - Henry Rollins
There are a lot of good reasons why we need gun control laws in Canada and none of them include “it’s an effective method in the fight against crime.”
There are also a lot of good reasons why some guns should not be banned in Canada and none of them include "for the protection of my country." These are just emotional knee-jerk reactions used on both sides in an attempt to justify one's position.
We need to be able to rely on our government officials to have the common sense to separate the wheat from the chaff and make realistic, unemotional decisions as to what lengths they should go to ensure the safety of Canadians while protecting the rights of responsible gun owners.
It appears that we can’t.
The first thing you should know about me up front is that I am not a g…

The Cost of Canada's War on Guns