Musings

Populism can be a dangerous thing– where an informed opinion weighs as much as an uninformed one, where truth becomes subjective, and where the only voices heard are rife with vitriol and fear. The rejection of Clinton came from the same place as our own rejection...

The thing I’ll always remember about Uncle Mort, is his penchant for holding a conversation with anyone about anything. It didn’t matter your economic station, your cultural background or even whether you were just a kid who thought he knew everything. Chewing the fat with...

My bride and I have been together a long time. We know each other well, but it’s always fun to learn something new about the other. After a busy summer all about everyone else but ourselves, we jumped at the invitation to join another couple on...

Last week, I spent my time with my best gal in Massachusetts. We’re both interested in maritime and colonial lore, so we set up camp in Danvers on the north-side of the state… cheaper hotel rates and within driving distance to wherever we chose. Now, the...

I live in Nova Scotia and have most of my life. It’s a smallish province, nearly surrounded by the Atlantic. At any given point, wherever we are in the province, the ocean is an hour or so away. Even inland, the salty air can tickle...

The wrapped object under the tree was addressed to me, long and slender with a lumpy soft bit of business on the top. My brother-in-law looked on as I unwrapped the handle of the not-so-secret Santa gift. He’d painted it a flat black. I peeled...

Christmases were stressful growing up, especially during my teen years. Money was tight and my folks weren’t getting along. It wasn’t until I was well into my married years that I was able to relax and enjoy the time. These last couple years, with the...

Hunger and food insecurity in the western world is not a new problem. Colonialism and the indentured servitude required of the working poor to feed themselves became one of many pressures for American independence. Later, the advent of industrialism challenged the productivity of smaller farmers, forcing...

Here it is, late August 2014, and it’s a busy time as always. I work at a community college. Faculty came back this week and students return the next. When I look up next, it’ll be October. Some recent happenings: I'm a grandfather for a...

We make such a fuss out of things, small and unimportant. Money, things and status hold such fleeting satisfaction. In the wink of an eye, all these can be laid to waste. What matters, what truly matters, are experiences and how we treat each other....

So here we are at the end of another month— a busy one at that. I turned 42 and supposedly have the answer. I’m here to tell you that the question still eludes me. But, that’s really the meaning of life, isn’t it? The questioning journey....

In Part One of my May Reflection series, I played philosopher around positivity, intention and the Golden Rule. Really, paying yourself by ‘paying-it-forward’. Yada-yada. Today, I want to share two very different experiences. I’ll stitch the ideas together in Part Three. Last Saturday, I tested myself...