A frequent contributor to Ralph's World is an oldtime Albertan by the name of Blair McPherson. He was born just in time for the Great Depression and raised on a farm near the town of Cayley, about 40 miles south of Calgary.
He was thirteen when World War II broke out and took most of the able-bodied young men away from his community to fight for Canada. Those remaining gained a hands-on sense of citizenship, democracy, and social responsibility as they worked to keep their community going during these difficult times.
At age nineteen he entered the University of Alberta to study for the ministry. This prepared him for his first career; that as a United Church minister. After twenty five years in the church Blair decided to specialize in educational psychology where he felt he could focus more on helping individuals, couples and families work toward healthier relationships.
Finally retiring in 2003, he now volunteers his time at an elementary school supporting the reading and character development of special needs children.
Blair has been commenting on Albertan society for over forty years and we are pleased to have him as a regular contributor at Ralph's World.
Blair still meets regularly with some of his old friends from the farming community. In particular, Martha and Henry and his old school buddy Bill Barley. You can read about their unique views of the Alberta Advantage by following the links below.
MARTHA AND HENRY FINALLY WAKE UP
MARTHA AND HENRY GET REAL
STUPID QUESTIONS OR STUPID ANSWERS?
WONDERIN' by Ole BILL
OLE BILL WONDERS
OLE BILL SEES A MIRAGE?
DOES OLE BILL SMELL ANOTHER RAT?
DOES OLE BILL SEE TWO BULLIES
SURE AS SHOOTIN'? by OLE BILL
OLE BILL SEES A ONE-EYED REFEREE?
STRAIGHT GOODS FROM RALPH'S HOUSE #1
MORE "STUFF" FROM RALPH'S HOUSE # 2
PROPWASH FROM THE PREMIER'S PARTY #3
PREMIER'S PARTY DUMPS ON PEOPLES' REPS. #4
PREMIER'S PARTY POOH - POOHS PREDICAMENT OF SENIORS #5
PREMIER RALPH RUNS RAILROAD? # 6
PREMIER'S PERFORMANCE AIN'T PRETTY #7
OLE BILL TRIES TO CONNECT THE DOTS # 8
OLE BILL CONNECTS THE DOTS #9
OLE BILL #10 HEARS MARTHA AND HENRY ASKING
You can read other articles by Blair by clicking here for the Ralph's World Topic Archives. He posts under the name of Sandy.