Star Trek: New Earth — Rough Trails

Posted on March 19th, 2019 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “They’re made at God, or fate, or Evan Pardonett for not protecting them from what everybody in Starfleet already knows — that the frontier isn’t romantic or poetic or glamorous. It’s just hard. Starfleet is just the easiest place to aim that anger, since they don’t want to aim it on themselves.” Star Trek: […]

Star Trek: New Earth — Belle Terre

Posted on March 17th, 2019 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “But he couldn’t imagine spending his life here, either, no matter how beautiful it was. Space was too big, with too many mysteries to explore. He didn’t mind guarding this colony for a while, as long as they needed him and the Enterprise. It was a challenge unlike any he had had before. But […]

Star Trek: Wagon Train to the Stars

Posted on March 14th, 2019 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “Only with great bitterness did he cling to the tiny thread that this is what he counted on McCoy to do, this kind of seething honesty that burned every decision down to its core. Kirk depended on the doctor’s natural dissent to read the handwriting on every wall.” Star Trek: New Earth — Wagon […]

DaCapo Choir’s “Following the Moonroad”

Posted on March 9th, 2019 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

I attended DaCapo Chamber Choir’s concert “Following the Moonroad.” Here’s the program: Past life melodies — Sarah Hopkins Lamentatio — Leonard Enns* Tabula Rasa — Don Macdonald Peace — Carlyle Sharpe Vient le jour — Robert Ingari* Following the Moonroad — Christine Donkin* The Moon is a Stone that Shines Flight of the Fugitive Slave […]

KW Symphony’s “The Four Seasons”

Posted on March 9th, 2019 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

I attended the KW Symphony concert titled “The Four Seasons.” Here’s the program: Denis Gougeon — Le Jardin Mysterieux Ludwig van Beethoven — Symphony No. 6 in F major, op. 68 “Pastorale” Antonio Vivaldi — The Four Seasons, op. 8 The first piece was an appetizer. The Beethoven and the Vivaldi are 2 of the […]

Ancillary Mercy

Posted on March 8th, 2019 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{5/5} “Anaander Mianaai is at war with herself… That war may reach Athoek, or it may not. Either way… We must see to the safety of the citizens here ourselves. All the citizens here, not just the ones with the right accents, or the proper religious beliefs.” Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie, published in 2015 […]

Murdoch Mysteries (season 12)

Posted on March 7th, 2019 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{5/5} “‘I took a second job.’ ‘You? You barely have enough energy for one.’” — Higgins & Crabtree Murdoch Mysteries season 12, aired in 2018-19 William and Julia move into their own home, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Higgins resigns after Brackenreid gets upset at how much work time he’s spending planning his […]

How lying politicians should be treated

Posted on March 4th, 2019 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

Reporters in the US have forgotten how to or have been maneuvered out of doing their jobs. When a politician doesn’t answer a question, they often just move on to the next question. Here’s what should happen, and does happen in other places — like the Netherlands. This is from the David Pakman Show: Trump […]

Privately sponsored refugees in Canada

Posted on March 4th, 2019 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

A good news story. Forty years ago an agreement was put in place to allow private citizens to get together and sponsor refugees. It was in 1979, under Prime Minister Joe Clark, and the refugees people were concerned about at that time were from Southeast Asia. Here’s the story, right from the Canadian Senate website: […]

Planet Earth (season 1)

Posted on March 3rd, 2019 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{5/5} “Running directly at the herd is a ploy to generate panic.” Planet Earth season 1, aired in 2006 David Attenborough takes us on a tour of the planet. Polar bears, caribou, and wolves in the Arctic, and penguins in the Antarctic. Seals and sharks in the ocean, and birds in the sky. Elephants, dogs, […]