Because

All good things must come to an end ‘because’ of something. I received a renewal notice from the website hosting company that provides me with this platform to tell my stories. I’ve been writing here for almost a decade but now find it challenging to write about happy things. And although there is a seemingly… Continue reading Because

Today, Santa Danny Cried

Santa Danny

Today is Christmas Eve, and I went to the cancer center in Surrey, BC.  I was treated there ten years ago and volunteered for almost five years.  I had a suitcase on wheels that contained my Santa Claus outfit; Santa shouldn’t ever be driving around in a car, because kids who still believe in Santa,… Continue reading Today, Santa Danny Cried

My Gal Pal, Betty

We met a couple of years ago when I volunteered at the cancer center in Surrey, BC.  My buddy Norm, (who was also a volunteer) and I used to walk over to the adjoining Surrey Memorial Hospital and buy a $10 Big Lottery ticket from the smiling ‘ticket lady.’ On our first visit to the… Continue reading My Gal Pal, Betty

A Small World

Danny and Tom share a moment Photo by Sue Wallace

In early January, I began a walk across Canada, and hope to arrive in St. John’s, Newfoundland by December 31, 2019.  I am a member of two walking clubs; one in Vancouver (Vancouver ‘Venturers) and one in Washington State (NW Trekkers). The American Association of our clubs initiated a “Walk Across Canada” challenge for interested… Continue reading A Small World

Notes from the North Pole

In 2009, I was diagnosed with stage 3 throat cancer and given only a 40% chance of surviving.  Not knowing how much time I had left and the fact that I hadn’t celebrated Christmas for many years – I  wanted to see if I could get that same holiday spirit that I used to get when I… Continue reading Notes from the North Pole

Chasing a Dream

Back Home Again

During the Spring of 2017, I separated from a forty year marriage and began planning a new life for Holly Golightly and me.  And as much as it pains me to write about such a private matter, I wanted to be very clear about one thing – it was not because of infidelity or anything nasty… Continue reading Chasing a Dream

Not a creature was stirring…

Santa in the Chemo Room Dec 24 2012

Originally published on December 24, 2012 It was the morning of Christmas Eve, and once again, it didn’t feel like Christmas. It had been years since I last celebrated Christmas – but I remember it well. It was in 1983 at my parents’ place in Midland, Ontario. My family always got together to celebrate Christmas… Continue reading Not a creature was stirring…

Shadows of September

The Ides of March had long stopped marching, and I had finally reconciled my heart and mind to the notion that ‘you can’t look back.’  I had returned to the land of Ontario only to find that everyone had left without leaving a Dear John or whatever type of note that one usually expects.  … Continue reading Shadows of September

And the Gold Medal goes to…

This morning I watched as Canada won 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medals at the Olympic Games in Sochi.  And after all of that, I watched the men’s hockey team defeat the USA team in the semi-finals.  All in all, it was a great start to the day.  But then I got some… Continue reading And the Gold Medal goes to…

Not a creature was stirring….

Originally published December 24, 2012 It was the morning of Christmas Eve and once again it didn’t feel like Christmas.  It had been years since I last celebrated Christmas – but I remember it well.  It was in 1983 at my Mom & Dad’s place in Midland, Ontario.  My family always got together to celebrate… Continue reading Not a creature was stirring….