Archive for September, 2016


People who have a good sense of humour are rarely funny themselves. In contrast I am often very funny indeed, but I have no sense of humour (except for my own).

Sometimes when I am feeling rude I will tell a friend who just told a joke or a funny story, “I can see how other people would find that humorous.” And then we laugh.



My son, Dr. Miles Basil, has a birthday today. I am very proud of him.

Best in Vancouver


Congratulations to my friend Emily Cooper, who was selected “Best Professional Photographer” in the Georgia Straight’s annual “Best of Vancouver” awards. I find her work magical and truly delightful.

Autumn tomorrow



In the New York Times’ obituary of Dorothy Cann Hamilton, founder of the French Culinary Institute in New York City, the Times reporter asks the famous chef Bobby Flay whether Hamilton was a good cook herself.

“I think she was O.K.,” he replied, then cited an even greater gift. “But she was very good at getting some of the best chefs in the world to cook for her.”