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A Beatles’ Legacy

October 8th, 2011 · 8 Comments · American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Family, Family Humor, Funny Family, Funny Religious, General Humor, General Interest, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Imagery, Lyrical, Mood, Nostalgia, Oddball, Offbeat, Poem, Poetry, Prose Poetry, Religion, Screwball, Slice of Life, Sweet, Uplifting, Whimsy

One can easily turn reflective with the passage of the years. Birthdays serve to stimulate strolls down meandering and wayward paths. As I approach “the golden years”, I know I’m supposed to be thinking of travel, playing golf, putting my feet up, reaping my rewards. But I’m not sure any of that is for me.  So here’s […]

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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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Trap

April 22nd, 2011 · 2 Comments · Armed Forces Lifestyle, Career Choices, Children and Pets, Coming of Age, Difficult Decisions, Family, Family Tragedy, General Interest, Geopolitics, Hard Life Choices, Human Nature, Lifestyle, Lyrical, Military Life, Opinion Piece, Poem, Poetry, Police Lifestyle, Prose Poetry, Serious, Slice of Life, U.S. Social Commentary

This is a more serious piece than I usually write. It’s another effort at prose/poetry based on an important theme, how many of us become trapped into doing what we may not want to do. By the way, should anyone wonder if my ventures in this area are an attempt to ease the burden of […]

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Gravity’s Absence

March 26th, 2011 · No Comments · Academia, Academics, Clash of the Sexes, Crossed Wires, Drama, Family, Family Tragedy, Human Nature, Infidelity, Lifestyle, Lyrical, Murder, Not As It Seems, Parable, Poem, Poetry, Prose Poetry, Romance, School Days, Seduction, Sexual Innuendo, Slice of Life, Storytelling, Twisted

Mille Feuille hated and loved the Mix Master. Both were stars in their tiny firmament. They were on the faculty of the English Department at a smallish but well-respected university in Peterborough, Ontario. The academic life in such a small community was a tiny whirlwind of activity that mimicked the larger vortex in nearby Toronto […]

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The Lord’s Rogue Locomotive

March 12th, 2011 · 5 Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, Children and Pets, Cottage Life, Drama, Family, General Interest, Human Nature, Lifestyle, Lyrical, Music, Not As It Seems, Parable, Poem, Poetry, Religion, Religious allegory, Slice of Life, Storytelling, Supernatural, Theology

Apparently I have more of these kinds of stories in me. I view them as narrative, but my wife says they’re poetry. Please feel free to decide for yourself. ** All was peace and future blindness, not to know, a blessed kindness. A family strolls a hidden laneway, gently descending to sandy beach. Poplar ushers […]

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Kiss Me Soft, Kill Me Quick

March 5th, 2011 · 7 Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, Canada Humor, Celebrities, Clash of the Sexes, Crossed Wires, Famous Actors, Fantasy, General Humor, General Interest, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Lyrical, Murder Mystery, Not As It Seems, Poem, Poetry, Puns, Romance, Sexual Innuendo, Slice of Life, Storytelling, Surprise Twists, Whimsy

I refer to this piece as half poetry, half storytelling and half crazy. Since there is a poetic element, I’d like the flow to be consistent down the page (or screen, actually, in this case). Thus present preamble to take the intro past the picture of the scholarly-looking gentleman on the right (your left). ** […]

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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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An Unfortunate Dog Walking Incident (Farley’s Wife Told Him So)

November 13th, 2010 · 2 Comments · American Humor, Canada Humor, Children and Pets, Clash of the Sexes, Cute, Family, Family Humor, Family Tragedy, Funny Dog, General Humor, General Interest, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Medical Humor, Oddball, Offbeat, Outrageous, Poem, Poetry, Romance, Sardonic, Screwball, Slice of Life, Surprise Twists, Twisted, Whimsy, Witty

Now that our oldest son Tom has returned to university, it is my task at night to walk our beautiful dog Daisy before we all lay down our heads. While the journey is usually pleasurable, there are always hidden dangers lurking around the corner. This preamble is by way of saying that Farley and Grover […]

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Ode to Canada’s National Game (no, not hockey)

October 23rd, 2010 · 2 Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, Canada Humor, Corruption, General Humor, General Interest, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Not As It Seems, Poem, Poetry, Political Humor, Politicians, Puns, Sardonic, Satire, Sports and Recreation, Surprise Twists, Witty

                The old Canada is changing very quickly. The interests displayed in the new Canada contain a considerable number of carry-overs, but there are also some stark changes.                The following ditty attempts to bring the sometimes co-operating and sometimes conflicting sentiments together in a cohesive whole.                                 Canadians love hockey, you know that’s no lie, still there […]

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Reminisce Once Too Often

October 16th, 2010 · 2 Comments · American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Cute, Entertainment, Family, Family Humor, Funny Family, Hard Life Choices, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Lyrical, Medical Humor, Nostalgia, Oddball, Offbeat, Outrageous, Parable, Poem, Poetry, Sardonic, Satire, Screwball, Slice of Life, Surprise Twists, Twisted, Whimsy, Witty

     The following are my ruminations on the passage of time and the aging process.      There are also some wry observations on how tolerant society is towards the elderly.      What’s required may be a little more patience. Of course, most of this is tongue in cheek.         Tick-tock or digital flash,      seconds race a headlong […]

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