I was growing up in
I played baseball in the summer (a lot of the pick-up variety
with a few summers at the "rep" level mixed in),
football at high school in the fall, and hockey throughout the
winter. In hockey I started out with Wexford in the house
league, then moved on to the
team in what today would be deemed the AAA MTHL, ending up with
the Toronto Marlboroughs. I later played industrial league
hockey but, today, I find it hard to find the time for
occasional recreational skating.
I've coached hockey and football, making sure that my players
understood the strategy and tactics of the games and developed
the skills necessary to play well, hard, and fairly.
A friend introduced me to chess, which I've grown to love, but
play too infrequently to be able to boast that I'm a threat to
any serious opponent. I garden at every opportunity: flowers,
trees, shrubs…promoting their beauty and protecting their
health bring me a lot of pleasure.
And - whenever I can - I read. For a long time, science fiction
was my topic of choice. Historical fiction - especially if it's
set in the ancient world -fascinates me. Since my return to
municipal politics, my reading has become more focused.
Here are the titles of some of the books I've read and enjoyed
over the last few years:
Tongue: English and how it got that way.
Natural History of the Senses. Diane Ackerman.
History of Civilizations. Fernand Braudel.
Since Daybreak. Modris Eksteins.
Professor and the Madman. Simon Winchester.
Germs and Steel. Jered Diamond.
Robert Fagles. (Trans)
Short History of the
John Julius Norwich.
History of Warfare. John Keegan.
Bastards. John Ralston Saul.
Unconscious Civilization. John Ralston Saul.
Pillars of the Earth. Ken Follett.
- China, A Macro Histor. Ray Huang.
Decline and Fall of the Soviet Empire.
office book cases (Excuse the messy desk. Man at work)
are some of the books that have helped shaped my approach to
Managing in Turbulent Times, Peter F. Drucker.
Essential Drucker, Peter F. Drucker.
Skeptical Environmentalist, Bjorn Borg.
Revolutions, Richard Gilbert and Anthony Perl.
John Lindsay and his struggle to save
Vincent J. Cannato.
Mark J. Penn.
Next Hundred Years, George Friedman
Great Depression Ahead, Harry S. Dent Jr.
Action Around the World, Thomas Sowell.
Straight, Lee Iacocca.
Your World is About to Get A lot Smaller, Jeff Rubin.
Bust & Echo,
K. Foot and Daniel Stoffman.
Broken Windows: Restoring Order and Reducing Crime in Our
George L. Kelling and Catherine M. Coles.
Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.
Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.
Cities that Work, Edmund P. Fowter.
Search of Excellence. Thomas J. Peters and Robert A. Waterman Jr.
Unbound: A Strategy for Urban Renewal.
Metro Politics: Governing our Cities.
James Lightbody. (ed)
City Regions. Andrew Sancton.
Paradox. John Naisbitt.
and Culture. Thomas Sowell