The Lemons-to-Lemonade Sagas

Danny (Sept 1967)

The first of the lemons-to-lemonade sagas is about comedian Dave Chappelle. He used to have a popular television show, but he quit it in 2006 and wandered in the standup wilderness for about fourteen years. Some of his critics rejoiced at his absence from the world of television comedy but not his fans. We patiently… Continue reading The Lemons-to-Lemonade Sagas

Another Christmas Miracle

Tony 'n Tina's Wedding Show 2009

Ever know or meet someone, who then becomes famous?  I have.  But that isn’t what my Christmas Miracle story is about. I once auditioned for a short film produced and directed by Drew Scott, a local actor/real estate salesman/producer. It was before I had cancer and was quite a bit heavier than I am now.  But… Continue reading Another Christmas Miracle

A New Look

I shaved off my mustache about a month ago, and my new look depressed me. I mean, how pathetic can a grown man get – worrying about how he looks without a mustache?  But when you’ve had a ‘stache for fifty years, it’s difficult to accept a new look.  And in the actor’s world –… Continue reading A New Look

Music Calms My Spirit

I had just got home from the doctor’s office and was getting ready to go to Gastown to watch Adrienne and her band perform at the Guilt & Co pub.  Holly was making a fuss, sensing that I was leaving her again, and I almost canceled my plans.  When she looked at me, her eyes… Continue reading Music Calms My Spirit

Happy Mother’s Day!

Connie and Ralph

Yesterday, I went for a walk in Gates Park, Port Coquitlam and enjoyed the weather and the great friends I have in the Surrey Trekkers Volkssport Walking Club.  But I was tired and figured that I’d pass on the Sunday walk in Stanley Park. But Holly woke me up at 2:30 AM this morning to… Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day!

Snowflakes and Ice Cream

Nobody knows when it happened – but everyone knew that it had snowed during the night.  It’s an excellent example of the legal term ‘circumstantial evidence’ – although you didn’t see it snowing during the night – when you awoke and looked out the window – you accepted it as a ‘fact.’ But it seldom… Continue reading Snowflakes and Ice Cream