Month: August 2016

Review – A Confederacy of Dunces

There are two types of people on this continent: those who have read and loved the 30+-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Confederacy of Dunces and those who have never heard of it. Oh, and a third type – me. I’ve read the book and I still don’t know what the heck to make of it. 

Road Trip – Destination #1; Hampton Beach

Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, is a sunny, sandy spot where Derek’s family traveled to a time or two when he was young. If you know Grand Bend, imagine its main drag opposite the beach and about 10 times as long. That’s Hampton Beach, which is beautiful and pristine and popular. 

The Best Times to Shop

While we’re on vacation, I’m reposting some of my favourite blog posts of the past.  I know, I know, there are some people who would say “Never!”  But Smart Money in the US claims to reveal the best times to buy certain items.  They claim it also translates to Canadian retailers, so let’s give it …

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Review – Life by Keith Richards

While we’re on vacation, I’m reposting some of my favourite blog posts of the past.  The most grizzled founding member of The Rolling Stones has told his fascinating life story in a thick volume that quickly jumped onto the best-seller lists. 

The One-Legged Man

While we’re on vacation, I’m rerunning some of my favourite blog posts.  It was cold when we started out on our riding adventure.  Once you get moving on a motorcycle -3 degree conditions turn much chillier and the wind whips your face into a froth. My riding goggles proved woefully inadequate and tears poured from …

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Early on in my career, I undervalued myself and took a lower salary than I was worth. In a couple of cases, I later discovered that I could have earned a lot more. If I had had a little more confidence and faith in myself, I would have negotiated harder. It’s something I eventually learned …

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Triumph Over Terror

Aside from the questions about the timeline and who knew what when and should have told whom, the bottom line is that last week, our police prevented innocent people from getting hurt or killed. To say that the people of nearby Strathroy were shocked by the detonation of an explosion and the killing of Aaron …

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What I Learned on Andy’s Summer Vacation

My regular job as newscaster and cohost of the News/Talk 1290 morning show is challenging enough. Filling in on The Live Drive for a week while Andy Oudman was on vacation gave me flashbacks to the years I hosted Midday on Hamilton’s 900 CHML. This, my friends, is work!

Scary Spice

Spice is sick. How sick, we weren’t sure, so we took him to the vet on Wednesday morning. Taking a senior cat to a vet is like logging onto webMD. The symptoms could be the common cold, or deadly cancer! 

A Difficult Truth

A couple of years ago, I was hired by a local First Nations group to speak to their chiefs about media relations. They were finding it difficult to talk to reporters and to get stories reported accurately, and wanted some tips. I came away from that session with a tough realization: I had taken on …

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