Van Morrison was crooning on the radio as we drove along the highway from Halifax to our Big Valley. The scenery was breathtaking and was nearly undisturbed by other motorists. We were in our little cocoon of a car and enjoying a gorgeous drive. Why then did my belly feel sick and dread? I was [...]
Memories, like wriggling worms, are unearthed regarding my time serving in the Canadian Armed Forces
You can't always get what you want but, if you try sometime, you just might find, you get what you need*
A survival trip in the 80s has me realizing my nature and that I am at home in it
We were spending all kinds of time together, working and exploring Europe but, it wasn't turning into romance. So, I did something about it... So we began our careers together as young platoon commanders and it was busy – the learning curve was vast and challenging and not without sweat and tears. We attended daily [...]
Leaving Roads in second year finds me flailing until Logistics Training a year later. It was worth it...
'The greatest gift in life is friendship, and I have received it.'
~Hubert H. Humphrey
"I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself."
Three Christmases bring three road trips down to Fort Myers beach in the 1980s with Dad and Win. Oh dear.
Forty K per day for four days over the rolling hills and through the city streets of Netherlands, in 1989 I did the International Nijmegen Marches with a military team...
Oh when I look back now That summer seemed to last forever, And if I had the choice, Yeah, I'd always want to be there Those were the best days of my life ~Bryan Adams Summer of '69
I started canoeing when I was tiny. A brother and I would go out on the lake to catch bullfrogs and to explore the lily pads around the cove. We would often harvest a few lilies for Mom who would float them in a bowl of water on the table...
'Make work your favorite, that's your new favorite, okay? Work is your new favorite.'
~Elf, The Movie
...it is the belief that there are no coincidences but that rather, everything in life has a pattern and that a coincidence is simply the moment that the pattern becomes briefly visible.
1981 was the year my Mom morphed into a love-sick teenager right before my cringing eyes. My parents were in the midst of a break up but the first step was for them to have a trial separation while still both living in our bungalow. Mom had the basement and Dad had the upstairs. They [...]
I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself. ~D.H. Lawrence *** After my nineteenth consecutive great summer at [...]