Kernels of Wisdom

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images: This file photo taken on Jan. 10 shows United States President Donald Trump during a press conference with Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Outrage mounted Friday over Trump's reported description of African nations, Haiti and El Salvador as "shithole" countries, with the United Nations slamming his comments as "racist". During a Thursday meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform, Trump demanded to know why the US should accept citizens from what he called "shithole" countries, according to comments first reported by the Washington Post.

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My Scottish mother was a fountain of wisdom. With only a public school education she would never ever have considered herself highly intellectual nor the most articulate person in the whole world, but from her mouth there flowed an unusual river of wisdom that came wrapped up in neat little one- liners spoken in her thick Scottish brogue.

Jack Taylor/Getty Images Wild poppies grow in the 'Trench of Death', a preserved Belgian First World War trench system in Diksmuide, Belgium on July 14, 2017. The poppy has become an internationally recognized symbol of remembrance after it grew in the war-ravaged and muddied landscape of Belgian Flanders. The sight of the poppy growing by the graves of soldiers inspired Canadian soldier John McCrae to write one of the most famous World War One poems, 'In Flanders Fields'.

Kernels of Wisdom: In Flanders Fields the poppies blow

It is the one time during any year when we as Canadians from coast to coast pin a flower to the lapel of our garments, on the left side, closest to the heart. In the days preceding, and on this day, Nov. 11, the simple bright red poppy causes us as a nation to remember and reflect on both the valor and the horror of war.