Month: October 2016

Boo!

The best costumes are scary or funny because they have a ring of truth to them! Take this duo, for instance.

Nice Guy, Kevin Meaney

Kevin Meaney died last weekend. You may not know his name, but in stand-up comedy circles and among stand-up comedy nuts like me, he was a mainstay. Only 60, he was a favourite of Johnny Carson’s on The Tonight Show back when that was where comics got their big break. If Johnny invited you over …

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Fear and Loathing in the Hallway

My greatest flooring fear after Derek replaced old carpet with new laminate flooring in the front room a few years ago, was that by the time we were ready to continue the job down the hallway and into the back of the house, the brand or shade would have been discontinued. It almost happened. 

Sickly Spicey

Our 15-year-old Head of Household Security isn’t well. In addition to hyperthyroidism, he has pancreatitis and a bit of kidney disease. It’s thought that once we get the pancreas sorted out, the kidney will improve. We certainly hope so. 

It’s 11 O’Clock. Do You Know Where Your Children Are?

With those words, Irv Weinstein began the late-night newscast on Buffalo’s WKBW Channel 7. He was the big time, the Walter Cronkite for our generation. He left the airwaves 17 years ago but just his name conjurs up memories of mentions of Tonawanda, Lackawana and other exotic locales he brought to our little southern Ontario ears. 

New Fights for Old Money

If the heir to the writer of a children’s campfire song can claim ownership to a famous pop-flute riff, then anything truly is possible when it comes to owning the rights to music. A former Boomtown Rat hopes so, anyway.  

Brandt’s Randt – Topping up my Cup

Yup, I’m going to rant about a first world problem today. But it matters to me – not more than anything else, or even as much as some things. But in the very moment when it happens, it’s everything. It’s my morning coffee. 

Pay Equity Protestation

Pay equity is still a thing. Decades after provincial rules came in that governed equal pay for work of equal value, the federal government is about to do the same for organizations that are federally regulated. Like broadcasting. 

Keeping Abreast

Breastfeeding is great. It’s healthy for the baby and it’s even proven to help Mom lose the baby weight. But it’s not always possible and the pressure on new Moms has to stop. Right. Now. 

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