January 12, 2017

Creativity over Calculation

This post is inspired from reading "a letter to my younger self" by the Brazilian Soccer Genius Ronaldinho.

If you're looking to get your child involved in physical activity and a sport for life (don't assume elementary school is providing that) there's something you should know about soccer.

It's cheap.[...]
January 1, 2017

Podcast roundup

If you have a phone and a commute, podcasts are for you.

Or if, hypothetically say, the house is quiet, it's New Years Day and you're feeling just a wee bit delicate from the night before :-)

That said I have a whole bunch if podcasts on my i-pad I never listen to.

After dumping those here's what I was left with...
December 29, 2016

A man and his snow blower

This month I took one more step, in my cultural and spiritual integration into Canada.

A critical step, one of the last steps in the process.

I bought my first snow blower.

From Rona.

$1,000 give or take; a middle of the road machine, not too wimpy but not a monster either, a good entry level machine for the novice.

It has a headlight, which I felt was essential, an electric starter and a reverse gear, which allows me to back it out of its hanger in style [...]
December 28, 2016

HNY (or don’t let the door hit you on the way out 2016)

Blogging is the perfect medium for someone like me. I enjoy writing enough to crave more than 140 characters, but not enough to write a novel or even an essay.

I like the craft of putting words on a page, and sometimes it helps me to process and figure out where I stand on things. Other times it throws absurdity, joy, and humor under the microscope where I can take a good look.

Writing, like my love of music, is therapy for the mystifying, modern, first world, urban jungle.

THIS is where I write (and New Year’s wouldn’t be new years without committing to blogging a little more regularly.)

After Carrie Fisher (her forthright interviews are awesome and I never knew until now) and George Michael (Earls Court, Faith Tour, went as someone's dutiful boyfriend expecting to hate it but loved it) - who’s to say we won’t squeeze a couple more cultural icons into the obituaries between now and the countdown in a few days?

The dog days of 2016, when so many beloved entertainers and artists left us, are when I decided that mixing all sorts of topics including politics and religion on a small business blog is perfectly ok.

Conventional wisdom be damned.

I got more to say that that.

It’s not like I’m actively building an audience; that’s a LOT of hard work.

My plan is to let my few thousand readers appear organically because of the sheer quality of my writing in 3, 2, 1....


The nice thing about NOT having an audience is you can’t alienate them

Happy New Year everyone!
August 22, 2016

Daring Greatly


Chewing my way through this at the moment (the book not the table)

I was aware of Brené Brown through her TED talks and added this book to one of my lists (I make lists...)

This comes highly recommended and yes, it's a bit warm and fuzzy, and being a guy I'm not used to or comfortable exploring things like 'vulnerability'

But there are those voices in all our heads that say we aren't good enough or don't deserve this or that, and just roadblocks galore that stop us from taking risks and daring greatly. Myself included. Myself especially.
March 9, 2016

Winter Requiem


It’s Eight Degrees in Ottawa today
That’s plus eight degrees
February 13, 2016

Labelled with Love

We have a functioning record player in our house for the first time in about thirty years, and I gotta say it’s the best thing ever.

Playing records again is bloody awesome.

In the same month David Bowie died, it all feels very ‘full circle’ – this new year has been more nostalgic than most.
February 3, 2016

Paleo: Take 2


So, a few years ago now, I went on a Paleo Diet.

I wasn’t looking to lose weight, but I was intrigued by the other alleged benefits; more energy, generally feeling/being healthier.

I did it pretty strictly for around 9 months, combined with a moderate work-out for 30-40 minutes, 3-4 times a week.

Then I fell off the wagon.