Why would a Canadian woman post something about an American holiday? Let me tell you a story. In another life, as a teacher, I taught To Kill a Mockingbird both as a student teacher and as a substitute. One of the many things I remember while looking at student essays, especially one about comparing and contrasting … Continue reading Music Monday: Two for Martin Luther King, Jr Day
This Gordon Lightfoot remake originally appeared on Sarah's earlier album Rarities, B-Sides & Other Stuff Vol. 1, a CD played nearly to death in my twenties. It's not the first Sarah track featured on the blog but appropriate for the time of year. January is not an easy month. Little by little, the days get … Continue reading Music Monday: Song For A Winter’s Night by Sarah McLachlan
Like blowing snow around Winnipeg, the internet has articles about New Year's resolutions flying around. I remember typing out mine, back in the days of my beloved Brother AX-15 typewriter. They did not seem impossible, more like a set of goals but I did have 'lose weight' quite often, and I did try to exercise. That … Continue reading I Resolve To Not Make New Year’s Resolutions
I said good-bye to 2016 with V, her parent's dog, nibbles, and cans of Sumol, a Portuguese soda. After a post bordering on the morose on the 31st, I figured the Music Monday selection needed some pep. Enter MØ, a singer out of Denmark, found courtesy of a Spotify playlist with happy songs. The song can compliment … Continue reading Music Monday: Final Song by MØ
When news broke about Carrie Fisher passing away, I found myself back in a memory not surfacing for some years. I am back on the hill near Bertrum E. Glavin Elementary school at recess time. On the hill we, two guys and myself, are the only ones playing on that hill, running around dodging imaginary … Continue reading Pass The Baton: A Reflection on 2016
My nephew announced the news, eyes still glued to his phone, while I had a partially dried dish in my hands. "Check two more sources, The Telegraph or The Guardian," I instructed. Those two newspapers had authority, at least I stayed in denial for a little while longer. I pulled out my own phone, opening … Continue reading Music Monday: RIP George Michael
On parking lot in Valley Gardens in 2005, the worse Christmas rush since working at 15 left me with emotions so toxic, I stopped my car in an empty lot to cry. I cried so hard, I nearly vomited. I had soldiered on through anxious customers, an existential crisis, and dealing with a host of … Continue reading Music Monday On A Sunday: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Leslie Odom, Jr.