For Crying Out Loud

For Crying Out Loud                                                         Originally published June 3, 2012 During an otherwise uneventful walk at the Promenade yesterday, I saw a young woman sitting at the bus stop – alone and crying.  She didn’t appear to be in any kind of danger –  she was well-dressed, so probably not homeless – and she wasn’t holding… Continue reading For Crying Out Loud

The Bald Stalker

Originally published April 17, 2012 It was during my daily walk on The Promenade in White Rock last week that I first became aware that I was being stalked.   At first, I dismissed the notion as silly – besides, I thought, “Why would anyone want to stalk me?”   But every day, it’s the same thing –… Continue reading The Bald Stalker

The Flasher in Surrey

Originally published April 2, 2012 On my way home from the Cancer Centre this afternoon, I noticed in my rear view mirror, a pickup truck approaching – with yellow-strobe-lights flashing.  I started to panic – was this an emergency vehicle?  And if so, should I move to the shoulder of the road and let it… Continue reading The Flasher in Surrey

Reflections on Cancer

In November 2009, the radiation and chemotherapy treatments for my stage three throat cancer ended. At the time, I was 59 years old, and I hoped that I would make it to my 60th birthday in January 2010. Here is a clip from the North of 49 TV show that profiled me several months after… Continue reading Reflections on Cancer

The Summer of ’66

Photo by Wikipedia

Originally published March 18, 2012   I never got homesick that first summer away from home in 1966; I was too busy growing up and learning how difficult life could be. It all began shortly after my friend Terry Hill (one of the ‘Hortop Boys‘ I hung around with) mentioned that he was going away… Continue reading The Summer of ’66

Geneva Park

Geneva Park in Oshawa

Originally published March 12, 2012 I was going through some of my old records today. I found a box that contained a bunch of 45 RPMs that I hadn’t seen or listened to for years. I have an extensive collection of records but seldom play them because it’s easier to listen to CDs or tapes. … Continue reading Geneva Park

The Tower of Freedom

Originally published February 24, 2012 Recently, I was amazed to learn that television antenna’s are making a huge comeback! A company that manufactures antennas in the USA recently reported sales of over one million units – during the last quarter of 2011. The Digital/HD picture quality is significantly better than either cable or satellite –… Continue reading The Tower of Freedom

The Warwick Hotel, Hookers, & Tattoos

Warwick Hotel (since demolished)

Originally published on February 22, 2012 I have two tattoos, both of which I got as a teenager in the ’60s. The night of my first tattoo was also a night of other weird and memorable ‘firsts.’  However, some historical background information for the evening would be helpful. I was fifteen years old (1965) at… Continue reading The Warwick Hotel, Hookers, & Tattoos

Forever & Ever

Originally published February 14, 2012 Several of my previous blogs have been stories that included either my Mom, Dad, or both.  Although they are no longer living (Dad passed in 2001 & Mom passed in 2010), they are still very much alive in both my heart and mind.  The heartache never goes away – and it shouldn’t.… Continue reading Forever & Ever

Aftershave & Talcum Powder

Originally published February 12, 2012 For several weeks during the summer of ’64, I was helping my dad build our family’s new cottage on Duck Lake, near Orville, Ontario. My family had been going to Duck Lake for summer vacations for several years – and we always stayed at my Uncle Fred’s cottage. He wasn’t… Continue reading Aftershave & Talcum Powder