Category Archives: Life

Here’s Johnny!

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Editor’s Note – Johnny is unavailable. Here’s Bryan. So I’ve been offline for about a year and a half. That’s 16 months, the exact age of my dog Edwin as of today. Coincidence? Yes. Yes it is. Regardless, I’ll be getting the old website back up to speed over the next few days. In the meantime, don’t judge. Even the… Read more »

Confidence and Tail Guns

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Confidence and tail guns Are all he possessed. An alien land with alien air; He invaded with the confidence Of a young man fighting for ideals. A glass bubble Would either be his coffin or his throne. Tail guns would decide.   He smiles at me from seventy years back. Like a letter from the front, I can see the… Read more »

Memoir: An Exercise

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  [Editor’s Note – I’m taking a creative writing class at the University of Guelph. This is the rough draft of a memoir assignment for that course.]   L-double I-S-A. Liisa. I can’t say that the double i’s were the reason I liked her so much, but it most definitely added to her mystique. It made her different. And in… Read more »

Personal Demons, Fear, and Gratitude

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So, things have been happening. Work – actual paying work – is starting to materialize after months (and months) of little to nothing. I have been a paid writer for many months now. I have several confirmed clients, and a few others still reviewing my proposal. The money is by no means enough to retire on, but I am actually… Read more »

Finding That Magic

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This is a short one. About a 6 weeks ago, I wrote a post on finding and recognizing the magic in our lives. It’s everywhere, and seeing and wrapping ourselves in it is an infinitely better way to live. Meet Kayden. Kayden is experiencing rain for the first time. And I defy anyone to watch this video and not have… Read more »

Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Rob Ford

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[Editorial Note – This is actually a piece that was rejected by one of my clients. They were looking for “life lessons from celebrities”, but believe that Rob Ford is not well enough known outside of Canada (if only that were true). C’est la vie. Anyway, I kind of like the piece, so here it is…] We all need heroes…. Read more »

Self-Evaluation is for Losers

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I Am A C-Plus I should probably have to turn in my blogging card. Hang my head in despair, and perform a solitary walk of shame away from the brotherhood of bloggers. Exiled. Ostracized. Why? Because I didn’t write a “New Year’s Resolution” post in early January. I thought about it. Even penciled out a rough sketch. But it felt… Read more »

Be the Magic

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See the World the Way It Is There’s no shortage of magic in the world…if only we take the time to see it. As adults we just grow out of it. I don’t know about you, but starting around American Thanksgiving, I begin to gorge myself on Christmas movies (if there are better examples than “Christmas Vacation” and “Elf”, I… Read more »

NaNoWriMo Update #3

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Is that a novel in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me? It’s Day 4 of my post-NaNoWriMo existence. I am squarely in what others refer to as the “Post NaNo Blues”. It’s a real thing…I saw it on the internet. You can google it. I entered into the “competition” without any real plan, and if I’m… Read more »