Monthly Archives: September 2015

Don’t Quit Your Day Job; Advice For Aspiring Musicians

I am a crusher of dreams and ambitions. Or at least I try to be. Unfortunately I am not always successful. I’m the guy people come to when they are trying to get established, the guy who tells them whether their song will be heard on the airwaves or not. I’m the guy who says […]

Another Scamming Attempt

One thing I have discovered in writing this blog is that I am a little more aware of things that happen around me that might make interesting reading. That makes this post your fault. I received a message on Skype that “Angela” wanted to be added to my contact list. This did not seem normal. […]

The Social Media Election

Today is the last day for candidates to file their nomination papers to run in the Oct. 19 Canadian federal election. I will not be running. Writing this blog has disqualified me from ever being able to seek public office. The problem is that not only do I have opinions, but I have shared them. […]

Back To Mer Bleue

It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon, the leaves haven’t changed colour yet, and we had an hour between engagements, so we headed back to Mer Bleue. Last Sunday we had walked one of the forest trails. Yesterday, with less available time, we chose the boardwalk that  goes over a marsh and peat bog. It was […]

The Author’s Test

During my childhood I was not exposed to the delightful children’s books penned by Canadian author Dennis Lee. By the time he turned his attention to writing poems for children instead of adults I was almost finished high school. I do appreciate his work though – he has a splendid imagination and never fails to […]

Advice For Writers

September is back to school time. That has usually been of interest to my wife and children than me. They were the ones who headed off to school, I just went to work. Except three years ago… It was a crazy move, but I quit my job and went back to school full-time to get […]

Tweedledum and Tweedledee

There’s a fair amount of political talk in my household these days. I have been trying not to write too much about the October 19 Canadian election, figuring that not everyone shares my passion for politics, but decided to make an exception today. Our discussion started with the local options. While Canadians tend to think […]

Memories of Chilliwack

My thoughts were simple: I thought must be crazy driving an hour in the pouring rain for an outdoor concert to see a band that I know won’t be playing my favourite songs. Especially since if the rain got any harder the show would be washed out. On the Friday I had driven to Spencerville […]

Another Sunday Stroll

I have occasionally rhapsodized here about the joy of living in Ottawa with its hundreds of kilometres of walking trails and who knows how many hectares of urban forest. Okay, somebody knows the exact numbers for both but I’m not going to look it up. I was raised with acres, I have no idea how […]

CityFolk IV – Wet Sheepdogs

I love The Sheepdogs. I hate the Sheepdogs. I’m ambivalent about The Sheepdogs. I can’t make up my mind. The Sheepdogs, if you are not aware, are a rock band from Saskatchewan that first came to prominence in their attempts to win a contest for independent bands, with the prize being a spot on the […]