Category Archives: Personal Life

Remembering Wilson

“A lot of you cared, just not enough” – Jay Asher, 13 Reasons Why CONFESSIONS – It is that time of year again when the idyllic days of summer begin to fade and we re-immerse ourselves into  the early trappings of fall.  This particular year we went from a record breaking heat wave in Calgary […]
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Democracy is Chess, Not Checkers

“People shouldn’t be afraid of their governments.  Governments should be afraid of their people” – Alan Moore, V for Vendetta I am blown away by the apparent pettiness of that sack of air the people of Ontario elected to guide their province.  I haven’t lived in Toronto for over 40 years and at the time […]
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Advocacy 101 – A Basic Introduction

“Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights.  Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight” – Bob Marley I wrote a brief “rant” a couple of weeks ago regarding social justice.  I had a lot of feedback and a common theme was the request for steps on “how” to be a social […]
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No Bulb in the Socket

“Life is to short to drag a trunk of suppressed negative feelings around, dump that crap and travel life’s road with an overnight bag.  The trip is much more enjoyable when not weight down with old baggage.” – Terry Wiens (2018) CONFESSION – ALERT, if course language and angry outbursts affect your sensitivities you should […]
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The Building Blocks of Youth

“To take children seriously is to value them for who they are right now rather than adults-in-the-making.” ~ Alfie Kohn We all like to see our kids enjoying themselves.  We all want to protect our kids however there is a big difference between “protecting” and “hiding” them from the realities of the world.  Too many […]
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The Precipice of Aging

The Precipice For sixty years they had been wed, In thirteen seconds they would be dead, She is frail and oh so ill, But to live without her he has no will. Perching on the precipice high, Holding her close with a smile they will die. The love they have shared for all of these […]
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Opening Your Own Door

Friends and Self Our life has many ups and downs, We question why we’re here, But deep inside we know ourselves, Loss of friends is what we fear. Is it our expectations? Or the way that others act, That makes us really doubt ourselves, Over how our friends react. We put our faith in people, […]
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Hodge-Podge and Little Things

“Eclectic yet classic with a playful bohemian twist is how I would describe my style” – Alice Temperley    I will borrow Alice’s quote posted above to kick off this little write up.  It’s five o’clock in the morning and I’ve been awake since 4:30.  It is not uncommon for me to wake up once […]
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Chapter 1 – Part 2, The Foundation

Let It Come Lying alone in your solitary bed, The arrival of death you do not dread, You’ve lived a different but confusing life, Accepting pleasure and the occasional strife, And had such joy with your now dead wife. You are alone and feeling ready, Your soul is clean and your mind is steady, You […]
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The Awakening

Alphabet of Despair Abandoned by friends, Abandoned by wife, Abandoned by children, Abandoned by life. Betrayed by his feelings, Betrayed by his drive, Betrayed by his body, Betrayed can’t survive. Captured by torture, Captured by loss, Captured by drugs, Captured by sauce. Destroyed by his blindness, Destroyed by his lust, Destroyed by his ignorance, Destroyed […]
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