Profile of Paul Sparkes

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  • Hard, hard times

    “It is inevitable that we make mistakes and miscalculations and none but the most ungenerous would demand perfection or complete success from us. ...

  • Beavering away in the woods

    The wishes were given to an architect who crunched them and came up with a design that would have catered to the majority. As this was the early ...

  • Musings on the daily miracle

    It must have been the coming of summer that warmed the editor’s heart and coaxed pure poetry in prose from his mind. It is early July, 80 years ...

  • Musings on the daily miracle

    “A bunch of carrots must often be dangled before the donkey’s nose. Frequently we need a teacher to do the dangling. And he earns his pay by ...

  • Bedtime stories to keep you awake

    Burgess, an American, lived from 1874 to 1965. There was a time when his name was synonymous with reading material for young people. Perhaps it ...

  • Sending for things, collecting things

    “Put together these gleaming STEEL precision parts and create hundreds of toys,” says the box. Every box (prices started at only $2) came with a ...

  • History’s bycatch

    He is eventually stopped in his tracks by “the firm’s” remaining executives and set to be held captive until he reveals all. Johnny swears he’ll ...

  • Recipes offer tidbits of history

    It is, in fact, a booklet from the Culinary Arts Institute of America, one in a series of 24 on everything from refrigerator desserts to meals ...

  • Rabbits and razors

    I suppose what storekeeper Ralph Mercer had in mind was to attract people generally to his place of business, Economy Cash Store at 148 Gower St. ...

  • Bridge over the River Exploits

    Newspaper is a fairly good insulator. So, Telegrams were being recycled to good use long before “environment” and “green” really came into vogue. ...