Musings

Some Words About My Uncle Mort

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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 statio...

Hopewell Rocks

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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.

Ron's Gift

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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 unwrap...

Christmas Then and Now

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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 m...

A Very Brief Update

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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...

Life Lessons

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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 l...

May Reflections — Part Three

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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 elud...

May Reflections — Part Two

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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...

May Reflections — Part One

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I attended the annual PD Summit in downtown Halifax this week with a slew of IT, business and marketing peeps. It’s always great to connect and reconnect wit...

Marching On

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So, what has been going on since I posted here back in January? Good question. Let’s see:

Talk Is Cheap But Rum Costs Money

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Today is the last day of my vacation. I am very fortunate to work for an organization that allows for a goodsome break. Tomorrow, I’ll be back to toiling in ...

Meanwhile, at the Hall of Justice

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So, it’s been two months since my last post. Christmas is just around the corner and soon we’ll be saying ‘Chuck U. Farley’ to 2013.

Christmas Eve

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I’m not a religious man; spiritual, yes, but religious, no. However, it is a long standing tradition to accompany my mother to Midnight Mass every Christmas ...

Rocktober! Show me your horns!

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I’m home sick today, cold sweats, eyes stinging, bones aching and head pounding. To be honest I feel like a reanimated corpse who’d rather be just left alone...

It's Groundhogs All The Way Down

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September has rolled around again. Our youngest has been delivered to university to continue his journey into Awesomehood. My bride and I are alone without c...

2013 Mid-way to Madness

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Happy Canada Day! May bacon and coffee keep and protect you in these troubled times.

Shack Wacky May

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So, it’s a Saturday morning and I have the house to myself. It’s June 1st. That means it must be time for my monthly reflective post. It’s been a busy month ...

May Day Mayday

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It’s May Day! Pagans unite for a celebration of Spring and Rebirth!

April 2013 — One Year Later

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So this morning, I weigh 231 pounds. That’s up one pound from last month. March sucked in many ways, and strict adherence to my plan was among them. But, hey...

Sunday Hyper Super Mega Public Doug

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Another day down. Went to a friend’s place for supper and enjoyed some tasty Mediterranean fare. I ate a little more lightly during the day to ensure that I ...

Wednesday Hyper Super Mega Public Doug

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I made a goulash for the family this evening and put some meat and veggies aside. They had theirs with macaroni and tomato soup. To mine I added some pasta s...

Tuesday Hyper Super Mega Public Doug

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Better breakfast today. The stew was pretty carb heavy, but I still managed to stay within acceptable thresholds and enjoy a cookie and some chocolate.

Monday Hyper Super Mega Public Doug

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This was a pretty typical day. I was a little rushed so breakfast was quick-and-dirty. I made the salad while the eggs were boiling. Supper was kinda just th...

This Week: Hyper-Super-Mega-Public Doug

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A few people have asked me lately to detail exactly what I eat if I’ve been eschewing all grains for months. My god! Think about the toaster! Won’t someone p...

The Clock Is Running

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> The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is c...

Gobsmacked

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I have to admit, I was kinda down about this month’s results on the scale – a big ol’ goose-egg. It seems like I’ll never get to the 100 pound loss mark let ...

Burpees!

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Healthy living and productivity can be an interesting challenge with a lot of complimentary skills – mad ninja skills. Too bad I’m not a ninja. Yet.

Time to Let Go and Play

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So, first the update. Currently, I weigh 239.2 pounds and a wear a size 38 pants. That’s down 67 pounds and 10 pant sizes since April. 92 pounds gone over al...

A Personal Experiment for September

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Another month down, another 10 pounds shed. At 246, I’m a full 60 lbs down since April when I opted to eschew grains and refined sugars and a whopping 85 lbs...

Cheerios Are Evil

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So my grandson was visiting with us on the weekend. He’s a great kid. Having him around is an inspiration to get healthy.

My 30 Day Challenge

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April is a nice square looking month this year – starts on a Sunday and all that. April Fools Day makes as great a New Year as anything for resolutions.

Remembering Wilson Verge

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I met Wilson in the summer of 1998. I was doing some very hands-on IT consulting for the NSCC Metro campuses. In conversation, I made the mistake of letting ...

Momentum

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On the way home yesterday, crawling through late afternoon traffic along the Bedford highway, I was listening to CBC Mainstreet NS. An item washed over me th...

My iPad Experience

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Everyone and their cat, it seems, has done an iPad review. I got my hands on a few of these through work as my teams needed to get a handle on what was alrea...

I have a theory…

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The Vatican is so besieged by pedophilia and corruption scandals that the Holy See has commissioned secret work, in an unprecedented alliance with the Illumi...

The Woodbridge Dog Disaster

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There was an old woman in Woodbridge there was So proper and tidy and all of them things She would wander all day with her duster in hand She was one of thos...

I love homemade pea soup!

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Rhonda makes a mean split green pea soup. It’s very tasty and always reminds me of a couple of jokes. The first one makes me giggle:

Alone in a Car

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Barreling down the highway at dusk with the windows down, enjoying the cooling air and screaming to some rock classics on the radio.

Tired of the rain?

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A curious fellow died one day and found himself waiting in the long line of judgment. As he stood there he noticed that some souls were allowed to march righ...

20 West Street, Antigonish, NS

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For about 50 years, this was my grandparents’ house. Gramma, and then my uncle, ran a restaurant called the Cottage Store adjacent to the house. Nicknamed th...

Maternity

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There once was a Square, such a square little Square, And he loved a trim Triangle; But she was a flirt and around her skirt Vainly she made him dangle. ...

Missed Opportunity

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Meeko would lobby to have Extreme Sleeping as an exhibition sport for the next Olympics, but she just can’t seem to get motivated.

She Laughed Until She Cried…

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So, I had an hour between coming home from work and taking Adam to guitar lessons. I decided to haul up some the old tile in the kitchen as part of the disco...

Misty Morning at First Lake

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It was a nice fresh morning and I was up early as usual so I took Sheba down to the lake.

Down the Rabbit-hole at Easter

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I firmly believe in the golden rule, which is a common thread with all religions – it’s unfortunate the opposing biological imperative still reigns.

Coffee Week — Friday

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Pretty late in the day and far under quota for coffee consumption – lowered my standards to convenience store brew.

Coffee Week — Thursday

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I’m in planning meetings all day that will probably feature the stereotypical coffee urn of curious vintage.

Coffee Week — Wednesday

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To be honest, I’ll ingest coffee in any form by the middle of the week. Sometimes, I’ve been tempted to take a jar of instant and eat it dry with a spoon. Go...

Coffee Week — Tuesday

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While attending university in Antigonish, I stayed with my grandparents. My grandmother had founded a little restaurant across the street called the Cottage ...

Random Thoughts on Simplifying Productivity

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I get a kick out of the anti-productivity backlash out there. There’s a lot of good dialog on the subject but it seeds doubt and uncertainty. I’m not sure if...

I Don't Get Twitter

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I tried to understand it. I really did. For almost a month, I tooled around with it trying to find a reason to use it. Apparently, a cat has more cause to tw...

Cats, Rabbits and Random Thoughts

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So, I was in a meeting yesterday. We were embroiled in heated discourse over project planning and scenario discovery around a frankenbuilt technology solutio...