A Hasty Retreat

Rivendell Retreat on Bowen Island, BC

Today, I am leaving for three days of quiet and solitude at a spiritual retreat on a nearby Bowen Island mountain top. Although I no longer search for answers to questions that evaded me for most of my life – my spiritual growth and well-being have always been important. The retreat will allow me to… Continue reading A Hasty Retreat

A Long Sentence

This was the first year that I did not go to the police station to get my fingerprints taken, as I do each year, to confirm that I do not have a criminal record and that allows me, as Santa Claus, to show parents and others responsible for children’s welfare, that their charges are safe… Continue reading A Long Sentence

Empty Sidewalks on Tobacco Road

Home where Danny was born and raised

This is a continuation of a previously published story that I wrote in 2012.  Please read The Summer of ’66 before reading this story; otherwise, it won’t make much sense.  Thanks! ~ Hugs, Danny The road to Tobacco Road had sidewalks, but there were none on Vittoria Road – or at least, none on the… Continue reading Empty Sidewalks on Tobacco Road

Musical Fruit

Home where Danny was born and raised

Beans, beans, the musical fruit, the more you eat, the more you toot, the more you toot, the better you feel, so, eat your beans at every meal!  That was a poem that every kid learned as a rite of passage.  Actually, I’m referring to boys, not girls. Passing gas, passing wind, and tooting are… Continue reading Musical Fruit

The Barnston Island Challenge

I often go for walks without deciding where I’m going until I leave the house.  Although this may sound impulsive, I seldom, if ever, regret my choice.  But sometimes, getting to my destination is more of a challenge than the actual walk.  And yesterday’s decision to walk on Barnston Island is a perfect example.  Let… Continue reading The Barnston Island Challenge

Which Way You Goin’, Danny?

For any old-timers reading this blog:  Do you remember the Poppy Family?  Not to be confused with the Partridge Family, Modern Family, or All In The Family, the Poppy Family was a Canadian band that had a few hits in the Sixties.  I was never a huge fan, but I did buy one of their… Continue reading Which Way You Goin’, Danny?

Birthday Greetings from LaConner

I began my day at 2:33 am, when Holly Golightly, my dog, woke me from a beautiful dream.  I was surprised that the scene of me winning a considerable lottery didn’t happen.  But my disappointment didn’t last long – because Holly’s tail was wagging like she hadn’t seen me in three weeks.  I can’t imagine… Continue reading Birthday Greetings from LaConner

A May Day Call

Today, I did what I swore I’d never, ever do. I was sitting in the waiting room of the cancer center in Vancouver, waiting for a good friend, who was having her radiation treatment and I was cursing to myself at this terrible disease.  I have known too many people who have suffered from this… Continue reading A May Day Call

A Treesome

There is usually a lot of thought that goes into a victory speech but the only thing that I could think of to say at the time was, ‘I’m so excited, I just peed myself!’  Let me explain. Last year, I went for my first walk in LaConner, WA, with the NW Tulip Trekkers Walking… Continue reading A Treesome

Shoebox Treasures, SouthPaws, Bypass Surgery, and YoYo’s

It was Friday morning, and I had just pulled into Woods Coffee in Bellingham to get a coffee for the drive to Anacortes.  The clerk who took my order noticed my necklace and said that she’d never seen a necklace made from tiny seashells before. “I recently found it in an old shoe box I… Continue reading Shoebox Treasures, SouthPaws, Bypass Surgery, and YoYo’s