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Last month, I decided not to renew my website, when it expires at the end of June.  So, I began to create a list of my 200+ published stories to share with you, in case there were any that you may not have read.

However, I received a lot of emails and comments – asking me to reconsider deleting my website.  Some of the readers were friends and some were complete strangers.  I never realized that there were so many people that read my stories.

I want to share an email I received that convinced me to renew my website for another five years.  It was from a couple living in the United States.

Here’s what they wrote:

Hi Danny,

Recently, I came across your blog, and just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. 

Initially I didn’t see your email at the bottom of your blog, so looked you up on Facebook and sent you a message.

Then, I saw you’d posted that you don’t use Messenger.  So I’m trying this avenue.

I’m also originally from Oshawa, and went to OCVI.  My husband, Paul, and I have been living in Arizona for 33+ years, so it’s always enjoyable to read about ‘Oshawa memories’ (I’m guessing you’re familiar with FB Vintage Oshawa group…yes?). 

Anyway, thanks for the time and thoughtful effort you put into writing your blog…with musical choices that accompany…much appreciated. 

If you don’t renew your blog website at the end of the month, perhaps you can continue your writing via Facebook or some other avenue that I can follow…? 

If that is in the works, please let me know how I can follow you. 

Thanks, so much…I hope your bone scan went well. 

Cathy G.

I hope Cathy doesn’t mind me posting her email but I wanted to let you know that you can take the boy/girl from Oshawa, but you can’t take the Oshawa from the boy/girl!   And although I haven’t lived in Oshawa since 1982, it will always be my home.

I never expected to change my mind – I’ve always been very stubborn.  But I’m going to renew my subscription to the website and hope that I can find things to write about.

Website Home – you can reach by clicking here:  Website Home

Here’s the list of stories I’ve written since 2012.  I hope you’ll read some of them if you haven’t already.

2012

  1. January 22nd – Volunteering at the BC Cancer Centre
  2. January 26th  – Best Pickup Line
  3. January 29th  – If the Shoe Fits
  4. January 31st   – Pay Washrooms
  5. January 31st   – A Perfect Kisser
  6. February 10th – Court, Karaoke & the Biker Bar
  7. February 14th  – Forever & Ever
  8. February 22nd – The Warwick Hotel, Hookers, & Tattoos
  9. February 24th  – The Tower of Freedom
  10. February 24th  – My First Pet
  11. February 28th  – New Clothes
  12. March 12th  – Geneva Park
  13. March 18th  – The Summer of ’66
  14. April 1st    – My Holly Golightly and Audrey Hepburn
  15. April 2nd  – The Flasher in Surrey
  16. April 17th  – The Bald Stalker
  17. May 14th   – The Last Card
  18. May 16th   – A Smile, Nod or Wink in White Rock
  19. May 31st    – Chips or French Fries?
  20. June 3rd    – For Crying Out Loud
  21. June 5th    – Man’s Best Friend
  22. June 15th   – A Love Story
  23. June 24th   – Terror on 8th Avenue
  24. June 28th   – Danny’s Year Book 1968/9
  25. July 26th     – Another Love Story – 1969
  26. August 2nd   – Sad Eyes
  27. August 16th  – Cancer: My Third Anniversary (Part 1) 
  28. August 21st   – Cancer: My Third Anniversary (Part 2)
  29. August 24th  – Cancer: My Third Anniversary (Part 3)
  30. August 27th  – Cancer: My Third Anniversary (Part 4)
  31. September 1st   – Once in a Blue Moon
  32. October 19th     – Pinch Me – please!
  33. November 11th – Eleven – O – One
  34. December 8th   – Favourite Record Stores on Yonge Street
  35. December 12th  – Twelve.Twelve.Twelve
  36. December 24th  – Not a Creature was Stirring

2013

  1. January 20th  – Mr. Blair the Milkman
  2. January 29th  – My Best Newspaper Job
  3. February 15th – Flashback to the ’60s: Loblaws & the House of the Rising Sun
  4. July 4th       – July 4th Celebration in Vancouver
  5. July 19th     – Today’s Audition
  6. July 20th    – Shaving
  7. July 20th    – Aftershave & Talcum Powder
  8. August 4th  – Reflections
  9. August 24th – The Beach Boys Concert at the PNE
  10. September 20th – Happy Birthday Alice
  11. September 26th  – Dear Ma
  12. October 15th   – A Blind Dog in Winnipeg
  13. October 29th  – Leaves. Fires, Chestnuts and the F Word

2014

  1. January 1st     – My New Year’s Resolution
  2. January 29th  – Phood Phor Thought
  3. February 3rd   – Sadie Hawkins Day
  4. February 21st  – And the Gold Medal Goes To…
  5. March 2nd   – Trouble in Paradise
  6. March 15th   – Maybe I’ve Won!
  7. March 25th   – Terror & Tremlin’ in Langley
  8. April 7th    – Volunteer Week (April 6-12)
  9. April 12th  – You’ve Got Mail!
  10. May 2nd    – But I Couldn’t
  11. May 14th   – Soaring Like An Eagle
  12. May 22nd  – Dog Days of Summer
  13. July 13th    – Update from the beach…
  14. August 1st    – Warts and Witches
  15. August 6th   – Is You Is or Is You Ain’t?
  16. August 16th  – An Open Apology
  17. August 17th   – Another Surprise!
  18. August 22nd  – Diddly Squat
  19. September 8th   – The Great White Shark
  20. September 14th  – Last Night’s Awesome Concert
  21. September 22nd – The First Day of Fall is For The Birds
  22. September 25th  – We Don’t Say Goodbye
  23. October 14th  – When You Have Too Much Money
  24. October 31st   – The Last Trick or Treat

2015

  1. January 9th    – Finally, I’m As Old As I Look
  2. February 4th  – Today Is Special
  3. March 24th   – A Shiny, Red Rolls Royce
  4. April 17th  – An Act of Kindness from SK49
  5. June 15th  – Push For Your Tush
  6. June 17th  – My First Date in 40 Years – Part 1
  7. June 19th – My First Date in 40 Years – Part 2
  8. July 17th    – The Tush Man – Part 1
  9. July 22nd  – The Tush Man – Part 2
  10. August 31st   – Dispatch from Somewhere
  11. September 6th     – Hi Ma, it’s Danny…
  12. September 22nd  – Together Again
  13. October 19th   – Dear Laura
  14. October 26th   – Yesterday in Montreal
  15. November 14th   – My friend Norm
  16. December 16th   – The Day that Santa cried

2016

  1. January 13th    – Route 66
  2. February 12th  – Why I Hug You
  3. May 19th   – My Last Visit
  4. July 15th    – A Secret Whispered
  5. August 29th   – One More Walk
  6. October 1st  – Shadows of September
  7. October 25th   – Dying Embers of Summer

2017

  1. February 7th   – Snowflakes and Ice Cream
  2. February 26th   – Danny Goes to Camp
  3. March 2nd  – Moonshine in the Maritimes – the Final Chapter
  4. April 15th   – Walking and Living on the Edge
  5. August 18th  – On the Nickel
  6. October 16th  – Rambo and His Kids
  7. November 8th    – Eleven Oh One
  8. November 14th  – Not a Creature Was Stirring
  9. December 20th  – Message from Santa Danny

2018

  1. January 2nd    – Gifts of Love
  2. January 10th   – My First Blind Date
  3. February 2nd  – Chasing a Dream
  4. May 13th  – Happy Mother’s Day
  5. June 9th   – Sticks and Stones
  6. August 5th    – The Birdman of Ambleside
  7. August 24th  – A Morning in LaConner
  8. August 27th  – A Smokin’ Story
  9. September 1st   – A Nooner at the Nat
  10. September 30th  – Goodbye, So Long, Goodbye
  11. October 23rd    – Another Bad Day
  12. November 17th  – My Weak End
  13. November 20th  – Notes on a Bridge
  14. November 24th  – Notes from the North Pole
  15. December 7th    – This and That
  16. December 16th  – A False Creek Story
  17. December 22nd  – White Rock Pier – after the storm
  18. December 24th   – Do You Believe in Magic?

2019

  1. January 6th    – Tulips and Neptune
  2. January 8th    – My 10th Anniversary
  3. January 10th  – A Thousand Words…
  4. January 13th  – Saturday Morning Walk in Vancouver
  5. January 29th  – A Toothless Fairy
  6. February 4th   – The Last Post
  7. February 9th   – Skagit River Park Walk
  8. February 12th  – A Fifty Dollar Walk
  9. February 16th  – Valentine Daze
  10. February 23rd  – Ramblin’ Thoughts
  11. February 26th  – Animal Pals
  12. March 14th   – An Empty Bucket List
  13. March 18th   – A Small World
  14. March 22nd  – Guemes and Me
  15. March 25th   – Got a FOMO?
  16. March 27th   – A Wet Kiss
  17. March 29th   – POETS (again)
  18. April 2nd   – A Ghost in Campbell Valley
  19. April 8th    – Shoebox Treasures, SouthPaws, Bypass Surgery, and YoYos
  20. April 15th   – Moonlight, S’mores, & Spit
  21. April 25th   – A Treesome
  22. May 6th    – A Heron Your Shoulder
  23. May 20th  – Mother’s Day
  24. May 31st   – A May Day Call
  25. June 17th  – A Father’s Day
  26. June 29th  – Birthday Greetings from LaConner
  27. July 18th   – A Happy Hearts Reunion
  28. August 12th  – Murals that Mirror Life
  29. August 17th  – A Prayer for Holly
  30. September 10th  – Any Gum, Chum?
  31. September 13th   – Dear Connie has Passed Away
  32. September 17th   – A Brainstorm
  33. September 18th   – Worried Again
  34. September 23rd   – A Happy Ending
  35. September 24th   – My daddy
  36. September 27th   – Yesterday’s News
  37. October 4th    – What’s In A Name?
  38. October 15th   – The Oxford Street Grind
  39. October 20th  – My Gal Pal, Betty
  40. October 24th  – A Vanilla Leaf
  41. November 3rd   – Building an Inukshuk
  42. November 7th    – Message from the North Pole
  43. November 8th    – The Lost Mustache Walk
  44. November 13th   – Parking for Dollars
  45. November 15th   – Today’s Cancer Center Visit
  46. November 26th   – A Fallow State
  47. November 28th   – You Have Mail
  48. December 4th   – Fingered
  49. December 6th   – A Fair Lady in Fairhaven
  50. December 7th    – Music Calms My Spirit
  51. December 11th   – A New Look
  52. December 15th   – Another Christmas Miracle
  53. December 22nd  – From Me To You
  54. December 24th   – Today, Santa Danny Cried
  55. December 30th   – Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, Seagulls, & Anchovies

2020

  1. January 2nd    – A Happy Goat’s Day
  2. January 4th     – Which Way You Goin’ Danny?
  3. January 8th     – Seventy Years Ago
  4. January 11th    – Cold Feet, Holly, and a CT Scan
  5. January 22nd  – A Smokin’ Gun
  6. January 27th    – The Lemons to Lemonade Sagas
  7. February 13th   – A Moment of Fear
  8. February 17th    – New Site – Same Stuff
  9. February 18th    – News – Live at Five
  10. February 22nd   – The Barnston Island Challenge
  11. February 28th    – A Walk on the South Trail
  12. March 4th   – Something I Forgot to Mention
  13. March 19th  – News of the Day
  14. March 28th  – Dear Uncle Sam
  15. March 28th  – A Baby Boom in Oshawa
  16. March 31st    – Everyone Needs A Hero
  17. April 7th    – A Public Service Announcement
  18. April 13th  – Hidden In A Pocket
  19. April 16th   – About Face
  20. April 27th   – Musical Fruit
  21. April 30th   – Are You a Polymath?
  22. May 4th    – Top of the World
  23. May 7th     – Footsteps to Remember
  24. May 30th   – Because

Here are a few other pages on my website that you might enjoy viewing:

  1. Homepage
  2. Cancer
  3. Bridges, Piers, and Seawalls
  4. Danny’s Photos
  5. Danny’s Videos

I hope that you’ll have a chance to read my stories.  Some of them are silly; most of them are based on actual events and I never write about religion or politics.

I probably won’t update this list again until 2025.

Hopefully, you and I will still be around…

Dedicated to Cathy and Paul G.

I hope my stories are a gift to your head and heart.

Hugs,

Danny

Click on this Index to view my 210+ stories.

 

Today’s tune from Danny’s library (purchased):

 

About Post Author

Daniel (Danny) St. Andrews

An almost famous Film, Television & Stage Actor (as in almost pregnant) living in Vancouver, BC His other passions include cancer patient advocate (he had stage 3 throat cancer), walking with the Vancouver 'Venturers Walking Club, and of course, spoiling his dog, Holly Golightly. If you like the stuff he writes about - please leave a hug (or a comment).
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4 thoughts on “The Last Word

  1. Hi Dan so glad you decided to renew your website! I enjoy your stories and look forward to them. You have a talent for writing and enjoy your humour! You are an inspiration and have a great outlook on life after all you have been through. Take care my fiend and looking forward to your new blogs! Hugs Bonnie

    1. Thank you, Bonnie! It was so nice to hear from you. I have great memories of my time spent with you, Bill, and the gang. However, most of those will remain confidential – but they were among the best times of my life and I will cherish our friendship forever. Hugs, Dan

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