Month: December 2015

2015 in Review

My last post of the year is usually about accomplishments, goals not yet met and hopes for the days after the calendar flips over. But this year was dominated by an unexpected occurrence in May. The inexplicable loss of our young friend, Lauren Davis Shirakawa, and how her passing has forever changed the lives of our dear friends, her parents, and therefore our lives as well.  …

Turkey Talk

This year I put my money where the farm is, and decided to shop locally for a bird. The Turkey Shoppe is a few minutes’ drive away in Talbotville, so in I went and got Mr. Frozen Turkey at a good price. I chose frozen because I wanted to get him early and beat the rush.  …

The Sixth Sense

Derek and I don’t make public declarations about our relationship. Occasionally, there’ll be a compliment or a jokingly sarcastic comment on social media, but that’s mostly meant to entertain. Whatever we think or feel about each other tends to stay between us.  …

Ungifting

When I told my brother about how I ended up with a mittful of Starbucks cards, he called it Ungifting and suggested I might be on the leading edge of a new trend. I’ll share the story and let you decide.  …

Where’s The Line?

We are, for the most part, a tolerant society. We are generally accepting of those with lifestyles that are different from ours. We don’t have to empathize with it and we likely never will but we can accept that transgendered people, for example, feel trapped in the wrong bodies. But what a Toronto man has done is pretty difficult to accept even for people with the most liberal viewpoints. …

RIP (almost) CH

Growing up in the shadow of Hamilton, CHCH TV was our big-city television station. It was like SCTV before there was an SCTV. In the Hamilton era of my broadcasting career, I was fortunate enough to appear on CH and do voice-overs for promos and commercials.  …