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Lyle Elmgren

Lyle Elmgren
Saskatoon, Canada
July 20
Lyle Elmgren
Economist, University career, father, investor, researcher, history buff, silver life master at bridge, editor, author, cinephile, and dancer teacher/participant. I joined OS in July, 2012. My friends call me Encylopedia Elmgrenica.


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NOVEMBER 14, 2014 8:11PM

Farewell to the summer of 2014

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan has a population of 250,000 people and is home to the largest university in the province (25,000 students). It is 1,000 miles North of Denver, a 1,000 miles East of Vancouver, Canada, and 750 miles South of Santa's workshop at the North Pole. 

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 4:33PM

Tink finds purrfection

Looking for love in all the wrong places has recently caused Tink to restrict his love quest to those of his own species.

Through KittieMingle.com, Tink has now found his cat's meow.

 The lovely couple were recently caught on the dock by the bay. No date has yet been… Read full post »

AUGUST 8, 2014 8:19PM

Gals in Cleats, with Lipstick

The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) was established shortly after the USA entered WWII.  Five hundred major league players, as well as thousands of minor league players, served in the military during the war. This caused many minor league men’s teams to disband. AlRead full post »


1. I have a lust for writing. It's almost orgasmic. But wait, there's something         running down my leg. Perhaps it’s ink?

 2. Writing is a weaving of words into a literary patchwork quilt.

 3. Politicians have perfected the art of projective vomRead full post »

MAY 18, 2014 6:11PM

Rhinos Party Hearty

In the early 1960s’ some astute and action-oriented Canadians noticed a disturbing increase in the number of dishonest and untruthful politicians, both in power and in opposition. In 1963 in an effort to improve the well being of Canadians and to bring Peace, Order and Good Government to Canadi… Read full post »

MARCH 1, 2014 4:07PM

Frozen: Wrath of the Snow Queen


The winter of 2013/14 has been an abomination for many in North America. Places not accustomed to receiving snow, ice, and freezing temperatures have experienced these conditions for the first time. As an indication of the severity of the cold this winter, 90% of the Great Lakes are coveredRead full post »

DECEMBER 7, 2013 5:51PM

Thoughts of Summer Gone

Six long months from now my two grandsons may once again be outside enjoying a cold treat.


Today in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada it is real nasty, dangerous actually. With the current wind chill temperature being 40 degrees below zero, exposed flesh freezes in one minute or less, a… Read full post »

DECEMBER 1, 2013 9:24PM

Are You Coming Out To Play?

Much to my grandson's surprise,  he saw Bambi's mother when he looked out the window of their condo in Banff, Alberta, Canada. 

 Hard to decide who was more surprised. 

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Perhaps I am too naive to be let out in public but I have long thought that the concept of Pay It Forward has great merit. In today's society, individual greed, corporate greed, apathy, bigotry, uncaring attitudes, and self-serving governments are commonplace. These scenarios often lead to pov… Read full post »

AUGUST 5, 2013 12:31PM

The Siren of Dance


After scraping myself off the pavement from being run over by the divorce bus, I was searching for something to fill a big void in my life.  One day, sitting alone in my now sparsely furnished abode, I remembered that I had always enjoyed music, and maybe, just maybe, moving… Read full post »

JUNE 24, 2013 12:05PM

The Magic of Handwritten Letters


"I've got mail."  What a rush it has always been to receive a handwritten letter. Someone has taken the time to share their thoughts with me, and often in a caring and very personal way. Composing and sending a thoughtful and caring letter has always been a joyful time for me.… Read full post »

JUNE 9, 2013 7:28PM

Gossip Central: The Party Line


For much of the twentieth century in North America the telephone system in rural areas was the single-loop exchange, whereby only two parties could be connected any one time. Since there could be up to 300 subscribers on a local exchange, it was often difficult to make a call.

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JUNE 2, 2013 2:13PM

Prairie Grit


"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage. To know who we are and where we came from … "  Alex Haley,  Roots (1976)


As a young farm lad growing up on the Canadian prairies, I looked forward to visits from my grandfather.… Read full post »

MAY 2, 2013 4:02PM

A Canadian Writer's Journey

A Canadian Writer's Journey


Since 1981 the Saskatoon Public Library has had a writer in residence program. The 32nd incumbent is David Poulsen. Among the many accomplished writers in residence from the past are Yann Martel, the author of the Life of Pi, and his wife Alice Kuipers. They have… Read full post »

APRIL 26, 2013 12:55PM

Enchanted by Quotations


Enchanted by Quotes 


Quotes have always held a fascination for me. As a young lad growing up on a farm in a sparsely populated region of Saskatchewan, I could hardly wait for the monthly Reader's Digest to arrive. The magazine contained many concise and pithy aphorisms and sayings… Read full post »

APRIL 16, 2013 2:55PM

The Craft of Writing


My quest to better understand the craft of writing and to improve my writing has led me on a most enjoyable journey of discovery.


I have a lust for writing. It's almost orgasmic. But wait, there's something running down my leg. Perhaps its ink?


 A few of my… Read full post »

APRIL 4, 2013 10:16AM

Academic Impropriety

In academia, cheating is euphemistically called academic dishonesty.
As the Director of Student Affairs for our college, I dealt with many cases of cheating, and other misbehaviours. Three cases, in particular, are etched in my mind.
One cold and snowy December day, just before the end of term

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MARCH 21, 2013 1:40PM

Creativity Plus!

A writing workshop entitled, The Creative Force - Art, Music, Literature was held at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon, Canada on March 10, 2013. The workshop leader was David Poulsen, the current writer in residence for the Saskatoon Public Library.

He started by saying, "writing well is like bein… Read full post »

MARCH 7, 2013 8:41AM

Choose Partners Carefully!

On the evening of September 29, 1929 in Kansas City, Missouri, Myrtle Bennett shot her bridge partner husband, John, after he was unable to bring home a makable four spade contract. She called him a ‘bum bridge player’ and he slapped her several times and overturned the bridge table. The

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FEBRUARY 27, 2013 8:37PM

Is Self-sufficiency Sufficient?

 Over my lifetime I have given much thought to the rewards and pains of associating with others. In experiencing and observing this phenomenon I have come across some very insightful quotations from others.

“She was struck by the simple truth that sometimes the most ordinary things could b… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 20, 2013 7:47PM

Medical Cannabis: Let's Get Stoned!

Medical Cannabis: Let's Get Stoned!

Many seniors have survived the days of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll and are now using more pharmaceuticals than in their youth.  

During the sixties and early seventies, Woodstockers used marijuana and assorted hallucinogens as a way of expanding their conscio… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 19, 2013 3:29PM

On Great Writers & Writing

One of my missions in life is to become a better writer. For several years, I have been reading on the lives, motivations, writings and styles  of the following 17 highly regarded authors: William Shakespeare, England(1565-1616), Jane Austen, England(1775-1817), Charles Dicken… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 12, 2013 7:57PM

Top 10 Cougar Moves

1. Swizzle Stick Sharon stirred her drink, took a sip, then drew the stick across her voluptuous lips.

2. Hair Flip Helen routinely batted her eyelids at all new beaus.

3. Coy Colleen smiled attentively at new play things.

4. Lusty Lucy never wore the full complement of undergarments and had a way of

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FEBRUARY 11, 2013 9:23PM

The Very Talented Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) was an American columnist, poet, short story writer, critic and satirist, well known for her wit and writing skills. She was a journalist for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Esquire and Vogue.


She was an amazing woman and a co-founder of the Screenwriter's… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 7, 2013 2:04PM

Marriage: What Vows?

"Oaths are words, and words are but wind." - Samuel Butler   

Nathan Naive and his cousin, Melvin Muddle, were in their early 20's when they pondered what attracts men to women and what produces successful marriages. They concluded the attraction was due to kindness, honesty, intelligence, b

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