Category Archives: Thoughts

Happiness

We all have our own ideas about what constitutes the state we call ‘happiness’. In philosophy, there are two senses of the term. One uses ‘happiness’ as a value term, roughly synonymous with well-being or flourishing. The other body of … Continue reading

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Remembrance of Things Past

Remembrance of Things Past: sometimes a tabula rasa, sometimes a palimpsest. Impermanent, transient and always malleable. The only thing we can know with certainty about the past is that others will not have the  same memories or the same understanding … Continue reading

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American Thanksgiving

The American Thanksgiving is an interesting holiday. It is celebrated by many as a time to look around and consider the things you may be thankful for. It is condemned my others as a time to remember the injustices committed … Continue reading

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Consider the Lobster

We all make ethical decisions about the food we eat. Some people eat only plant material, some draw the line at animal products that do not result in the death of the animal (e.g.dairy and eggs). The rest of us … Continue reading

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Post 1000

I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to read my words over the past few years. I have mostly enjoyed the learning that goes into researching my posts, although I admit sometimes, it’s just me sharing the … Continue reading

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I am one of the most annoying people on Earth

Sounds grandiose, I know, but according to Brendan O’Neill in the Telegraph UK, we atheists are now the “the most colossally smug and annoying people on the planet“. These days, barely a week passes without the emergence of yet more … Continue reading

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The cost of being right

I like to think of myself as someone who can change my mind on a topic once I am presented with new knowledge. However, I also know that in most cases my beliefs and opinions are very difficult to shake, … Continue reading

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Eulogy for My Father

On Friday, April 26, 2013 we buried my father’s ashes in the same graveyard as 6 previous generations of Underhay’s and right beside his daughter Margaret who died at birth in 1958. Here is the text of the eulogy I … Continue reading

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Leslie Underhay April 10, 1925 to April 22, 2013

Peacefully, at Riverview Manor in Montague, on Monday April 22, 2013 John Leslie Underhay, aged 88 years, passed away. Dear husband of 60 years of Pauline (nee Allen). Beloved father of Susan (Zeke) Eaton, Brookfield; Jean (Gerry) Keefe, Athabasca, AB; … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season

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