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The Melancholy Fog Harvester

April 30th, 2011 · 5 Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, Art History, Canada Humor, Career Choices, Charming, Clash of the Sexes, Cute, Dreams, Drugs, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Feel Good, General Humor, General Interest, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Lyrical, Magic Realism, Mood, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Parable, Poetry, Prose Poetry, Puns, Romance, Science Fiction, Storytelling, Supernatural, Surprise Twists, Twisted, Uplifting, Whimsy, Witty

It was late of an evening and I’d run out of milk and snacks. Besides, I wanted some fresh air. That’s how it came about I was on my way to the local Daisy Mart before it closed at ten p.m. You don’t get fog in the city much anymore. Too much traffic. There’s an […]

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The Ethical Auctioneer

November 18th, 2010 · 2 Comments · American Humor, Art History, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Career Choices, Charming, Cute, Family Humor, Feel Good, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Lyrical, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Offbeat, Poem, Poetry, Screwball, Slice of Life, Surprise Twists, Twisted, Whimsy, Witty

Donna and I have attended an auction or two. It’s a fascinating experience, filled with tradition and a lively cast of characters. Not least among the latter is the auctioneer. He’s charged with keeping things going and, of course, making as much money as possible for sellers and the “house”. On that score and for […]

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A Curious Case of Bottled-up Passion

January 23rd, 2010 · 3 Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, Art History, Canada Humor, Career Choices, Charming, Children and Pets, Clash of the Sexes, Cop Humor, Cute, Difficult Decisions, Drama, Fairy Tale, Family Humor, Family Tragedy, Fantasy, Feel Good, General Humor, General Interest, Hard Life Choices, Heartwarming, History, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Mystery, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Offbeat, Police Lifestyle, Romance, Satire, Science Fiction, Screwball, Sexual Innuendo, Slice of Life, Surprise Twists, Technology Advances, Twisted, U.S. Social Commentary, Uplifting, Whimsy, Witty, Zany

Pug-nosed Pat and gum-chewing Chris, two long-time Irish cops, were back on the day shift after a month spent on the night rotation. Their patrol area ranged from the entertainment district in the east to the upscale shopping blocks downtown. Being a cop in these days was quite a different experience than it had been […]

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Witness to a Backyard Execution

November 14th, 2009 · 10 Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, Art History, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Clash of the Sexes, Coming of Age, Crossed Wires, Family Humor, Family Tragedy, Funny Aging, Funny Banter, Funny Dialogue Story, Funny Family, Funny Generation Gap, Funny Husband & Wife Story, Funny Irony, Funny Parable, Funny Romance, Funny True Love, Human Nature, Lifestyle, Not As It Seems, Romance, Satire, Slice of Life, Surprise Twists

We were all in the backyard to witness an execution – my grandmother, parents, sister and brother. Standing around the fire pit, nana lit the kindling. Then she placed the painting on the pyre. Almost immediately, the canvas was consumed by flames. The more substantial frame took longer. It was a sad moment for all […]

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TYBA Projects

January 5th, 2009 · No Comments · Architecture, Art History, Celebrities, Construction, Economics, General Interest, Lifestyle

Frank Gehry’s design of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, has launched a new age of stunning architecture.   Other examples include the Burj al-Arab hotel tower in Dubai (sailboat appearance), the new Milwaukee Art Museum (resembling a bird in flight) and the addition to the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto (on […]

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Canadian Artists – A Talented Lot, but Poor at Math

December 15th, 2008 · 1 Comment · American Humor, Art History, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Canadian Art, Canadian Painters, Charming, Cute, General Humor, General Interest, History, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Literary, Offbeat, Romp, Screwball, Sweet, Whimsy, Witty, Zany

What’s with the Canadian obsession for categorizing our artists according to numbers? There is the Group of Seven, Painters 11 and the Regina Five, for starters. We’re not the only nation to do this. The Americans had The Eight and I am sure that there are many other examples around the world. However, we may be unique in not being able to count.

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How to Get Ahead in this Life

September 25th, 2008 · No Comments · Art History, General Humor, General Interest, History, Lifestyle

This blog entry comes under the category of fascinating life stories. There are those among us who truly are compulsive and obsessive and others who think we might be. Whenever I start to go down this path, I remember the example of Caravaggio. There was a man who truly “lost his head” over a single […]

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