Welcome to my foray into the blogging world. I don't promise to be your source for political and social commentary, but I will always endeavour to be entertaining, charming and witty (and by witty, you may also want to read that as sarcastic . . . I sometimes mix the two up).
You will see a mix of poems and/or song lyrics, my skewed little musings on life, the odd rant or two, and hopefully I can pass along some inspirational pieces – either from my own personal experiences or from those who inspire me.
I will try not to work Bruce Springsteen into everything I write, though it will be difficult as he does impact a large part of my waking world as well as a good portion of my dream world.
Enjoy. Be kind. Come back often and visit.
Monday, 15 April 2013
So, with my new guitar in hand, Springsteen t-shirt and favourite chapeau, I braved the "Spring" elements this past Saturday and let my friend Kristin photograph me. Despite the less-than-normal chilly April temperatures, rain – and even snow for a little while – we had a fun few hours shooting photos in a variety of locations around Barrie.
Here are a few of my favourites:
and my personal fave:
Thanks Kristin! My donation to your "Young At Heart" photo fundraiser will be arriving shortly.
If you want to check out more of Kristin's stuff, visit: www.writephotographer.ca.
Friday, 1 March 2013
"Why don't people walk on the sidewalk?"
That's what it's there for after all.
I know they might be a bit slippery this time of year, but chancing a fall can't possibly be more dangerous than walking on the road in the winter where you, your child and/or your dog, could get hit by a car.
It's winter, people. As hardy, Canadian drivers, we do our best to safely manoeuvre our city streets. But snow and ice can make things a bit unpredictable, so it makes our jobs even harder when we have to negotiate additional objects on the road.
We don't want to hit you but it might be out of our control. We're dealing with weather conditions and other drivers — those who drive with reckless abandon regardless of the season and those pesky elements.
Please stay safe.
And if a slippery path is your reason for stepping out onto the road during the winter, what's your excuse during the other three seasons?
To exit my neighbourhood there is a rather sharp turn, and I've lost track of how many times I've had to negotiate an even wider turn around it during the spring, fall or summer, due to someone walking on the road.
Why? The sidewalks are perfectly safe. There's no snow. No ice. No treacherous quicksand or slithering snakes. At least none I've come across when I'm out walking . . . on the sidewalk.
The only reason I can conceive is we're a population inundated with those afraid to step on a crack in case they break their mother's backs . . .
While I'm sure your mother thanks you and is grateful for your diligence, you leave me quite perplexed and frustrated.
So, again, please stay safe this winter and we'll see you on the road . . . literally.
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Way to go Kristin!
I'm constantly inspired by Kristin. In fact, she was the one who encouraged me to start my own blog.
So, although I hit the big 5-0 last April, I thought it wasn't too late to start my own list. I put together 35 items and sent them to a wide assortment of friends, asking them to submit ideas to complete my list. I figured this would challenge me into trying some completely off-the-wall things . . . things I would never have considered, such as define my personal brand.
I'm giving myself a year to complete the list which is comprised of work, personal, fun and just-plain-crazy items.
I've left #50 blank as I'm still open to suggestions for one last challenge. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below with your suggestion.
2. See a Bruce Springsteen concert outside North America
3. Reach my goal weight
4. Write a minimum of 24 blog posts this year
5. Read every book written by Will Ferguson
6. Start (and finish)
7. Run three-to-four miles comfortably three times a week
8. Learn “I’ll Work For Your Love” and four other new songs on the piano
14. Meet Bruce Springsteen
15. Purge house of unnecessary items (on-going)
16. Go on a road trip with no itinerary
17. Take a course
20. Take a golf lesson
21. Break 90 at golf
25. Update my will
26. Finally sync my phone to my car!
27. Figure out how to utilize my Ford visor garage door opener
31. Use my mountain bike this summer or sell it
32. Watch full series of Homeland, The Walking Dead and The Wire
33. Go on a date
34. Go on an overnight back country camping in Algonquin with Pat
35. Do something crazy
37. Plant a garden to grow beets and other veggies
38. Get lost (so many possibilities with this one)
39. Send three letters in the mail
40. Spend an entire weekend in my PJs
41. Collaborate on something creative
43. Treat myself to something I normally wouldn't get
44. Get Lori to teach me a recipe
46. Define my personal brand
48. Visit the Scenic Caves
49. Sky dive