Return to the Snowbelt

In the winter of 1983-84, I moved from Prince George BC to London ON.  I drove a VW Rabbit diesel with Puff the lizard in a carrier beside me.  It was an unconventional trip to be sure. I vividly recall being threatened with bodily harm after stopping at a small town bar in search of a coffee near last call on a Saturday night.  Apparently firing up the coffeemaker was holding up the beer pouring and time was running out, making some thirsty locals very unhappy. …

Review: Here’s The Story by Maureen McCormick

Like millions of other children of the 1970’s, I loved the Brady Bunch.  My brother and I had our biggest fights over the TV when Brady reruns were pitted against repeats of Star Trek.  So my Mom made us trade afternoons.  Therefore I am as well acquainted with tribbles as I am with Tiger.  Captain Kirk may have commanded some of my attention but Greg Brady had my heart. …

It’s A Guy Thing

Added to my list for a trip to Home Depot was a “piano hinge”.  No problem.  I know what a hinge is so a piano hinge must not be hard to find.  Right? It shouldn’t be, since that what every guy calls it.  But it’s some sort of underground conspiracy that I’ve unwittingly tapped into.  Read on. …

House Proud: Kids Are Decorators Too – Nov. 7, 2008

When I was a little kid, I was all about the colour purple. Sure, now they’re showing purple as the hot hue for fall fashions, but there was a long time, perhaps decades, when purple wasn’t so cool. Back in the day, my babysitter Kathy was a Donny Osmond fan (to put it mildly); Donny loved purple, which begat Kathy’s puppy love for purple, which in turn begat mine. …

Real Women Gathering

My affiliation with Real Women Magazine is something I’m very proud of.   Real Women was started from scratch just a few years ago by Shelly Wilson, a brilliant, energetic pro with an entrepreneurial spirit.  As the mag. has grown, it’s spread from London to KW and beyond and through subsciptions booked online, it’s now province wide.  The website, www.realwomencanada.com, shows where it wants to go – nationwide.  I’ve been the “She Said” in the “He Said She Said” advice column for many months now and I’m also contributing major feature articles to several ’09 issues. …

The 44th President of the United States

Barack Obama seems to be a class act.  He’s a compelling speaker and a bit of a rock star in politics.  He’s smart, photogenic and the closest thing to John F. Kennedy, in age and in demeanour, that the US has ever seen.  And now he’s the President.  All I can say is, thank goodness for us all that Sarah Palin won’t be anywhere near the White House except perhaps as a dinner guest. …

Lovely Parting Gift

My bosses at 680 News bestowed some terrific things on me as I exited on Friday.  A massive bouquet of flowers and a generous gift certificate for Fredas were among them.  But I’m having the most fun with the new internet radio.  …

Brilliant Quote

My boss, er, former boss, 680 News Director Scott Metcalfe, shared this at my going away fete on Friday.  It was perfect.  It comes from the writer known best as Dr. Seuss. …

A Little Serving of Crab

So, yesterday I handed in all of the gizmos involved with being a home phone/cable television/high speed internet residential customer and some wizard decided not to look into my file and see that I had these services elsewhere now – and they terminated my email.  Nice! …