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R&R in Otterville

This past week, Lisa and I got away to a nice Airbnb in Ontario’s farming communities that make up Norfolk County. Rest and relaxation was at the top of our priory list for such a vacation. When we started 2020, there were many grand plans in the works for travel this year: June in Quito […]

Coconut Squares

Coconut Squares

Being a strict follower of the Paleo diet, grains are strictly forbidden from entering my body. Because of my Crohns Disease, I have always avoided any wheat products and even rice in order to maintain peak digestive health. Basically I eat a lot of vegetables, fruit and some meat…that’s all! I know, it sounds pretty […]

King monument in Washington (Photo by Sins S on Unsplash)

Tearing Down the Symbols of Racism

American philosopher, Cornel West, has said, “you can’t really move forward until you look back.” He’s right, especially in the context of discussing the systematic and oppressive racism faced by people of colour for centuries. The crimes of the past have led to the crimes of the present. As nice as it is to see […]

Rainbow over Paris

Wise Words for the Age of COVID

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” ― Robert Fulghum “They say a person needs just three […]

Climate is Changing. So should we! Act Now (Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash)

Defying Big Oil

There aren’t many human beings who can go through life without relying on Big Oil for their daily needs. I, for example, do not own a car. But the food I buy in the store or the goods delivered directly to my home are shipped with vehicles that are most likely running on gas. And […]

Changing Mindset (Photo by kylie De Guia on Unsplash)

A New Decade of Tragedies…but we shall overcome!

I know that the world has not been inflicted with any more sadness or tragedy these past couple of weeks compared to other times. But it’s easy to feel that the optimism usually brought on by a new year (and decade) can be emotionally vanquished with bad news that involves suffering. These past couple of […]

New Home (Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash)

I’ll Be (in a New) Home for Christmas

Actually, the tense is incorrect…I AM in a new home for Christmas! Yes, that’s correct, for those of you who know my wife, Lisa and I, you will not be surprised to read that we have moved…again!! The stars aligned and gave us a wonderful life opportunity to sell our condo and purchase a new […]

Toronto Snow (Photo by Andre Furtado on Unsplash)

Love & Respect for Snow

I’ve lived in Toronto for over 26 years. Very rarely does Toronto ever get any snow before Christmas…except for this year. The city is once again blanketed by the fluffy white stuff and unfortunately, many are not happy about it. I’m the opposite…I love the snow. Maybe it’s easy for me to love snow since […]

Duran Duran

Songs I Hate I Love

As a composer of modern classical music, you would think that my musical taste is focussed primarily on the unique, mind-bending or strange. While there’s much in the avant-garde and experimental music world that I appreciate and love, I like to think that I appreciate all types of music. To ensure that I’m exposed to […]

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America, I Love You, But You Can Do Better

I’m completing what will be my longest stay in the United States, a 3-week wonderful experience at the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in Southern California where I have been composing new music. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people. Having great interactions is not unprecedented or surprising. In my previous trips to […]

Wedding Ring

Why I Don’t Wear My Wedding Ring

I am so grateful to be in an incredibly loving marriage with my soulmate. But ironically, I have no interest in wearing my wedding ring. At least that’s the way it’s been for the past couple of years. Yes, my ring finger has been “al fresco” for a while now. My 22nd wedding anniversary comes […]

Birthday (Photo by LEMUR on Unsplash)

45 brief thoughts for 45 years of life

My 45th birthday took place on Friday. Lot’s of thoughts have compiled in my mind over all these years. Here’s some of them… 1. Love is the most important thing. 2. As much as a human being would like to think they can lead a solitary life, they can’t. 3. The Toronto Maple Leafs will […]

Alden

Dear Alden

Dear Alden, The news of your passing has saddened me deeply. Even though you finally succumbed to your battle with cancer, somehow I thought you would live forever. How would I not think that since every time I saw you, you were filled with such spirit and joy to live? You should have lived forever. […]