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23 hours ago

then, now

The umbrella that I always keep in the trunk of the car and use maybe twice a year isn’t there. And so starts the story, deep in Krawttown in the drizzle and in the autumn wind. I have my cell ph...


1 day ago

ambient tv

Civilization may be defined by great tragedies, but survival is dependent upon small comedies, the joy in tiny events and the avoidance of pain where ever possible. At Flat Creek Inn, the sun ris...


2 days ago

a punk with opinion

There are fundamental truths in life. Or maybe they are simply norms observed to keep society functioning. Things like, men do not wear yoga pants, grandma’s don’t ride electric skateboards and t...


I’m behind a dump truck going up Park Street, past the park, over Regina Street and then under the railway bridge where the traffic backs up a bit, too much traffic into and out of Home Hardware....


4 days ago

knotty pine

I was watching a show on Netflix the other night. It was set in the middle east in the 50s and 60s. I noticed that they would have bread and butter and a glass of water for a meal (or a snack). S...


7 days ago

Webcams I've lived

I watch the sun come up in Victoria’s inner harbour. The drawbridge goes up. Traffic backs up. Cars eventually block the intersection. Idiots. There is construction in front of Amsterdam’s Centra...


November 15, 2020

stained with wine and gravy

Rain this morning. It seems like a long, long time since it has rained. It’s nice. Sunday morning. Big mug of coffee. ‘Jazz in the background’ Spotify playlist. I laid in bed waiting for the dood...


I’m not fashionable. I’m not a clothes horse. I’m not a spendthrift. I’ve never sold an old car. I drive them till they stop and then I either abandoned them (in Banquio) or have them towed away ...


November 12, 2020

lost

Sometimes you’re lost and you know it, you have to admit it, you took a wrong turn, your GPS crapped out on you and you are navigating by the terrain, whim, hope, momentum and at night, by the st...


November 10, 2020

walking around videos

The plan was to be back in Taiwan this year at this time. It’s all set up. My summer clothes and folding bicycle, my swimming pool tickets are all there waiting. My real estate websites still sen...


November 07, 2020

waiting and wandering

We get a warm blast of weather. Great. The longer the beginning of winter weather we wait, the shorter the winter will be. Already, I’m sick of it and it hasn’t even started yet. My countdown til...


November 03, 2020

continuing

I put on JS Bach and a Toronto walk to start my day. I’ve got my coffee and lots to do (and lots of time to do it). I’m avoiding the news. The news has nothing to do with me. I start my day with ...


November 01, 2020

旅程

Jiuqutang has the personality of a near abandoned truck stop. It’s dark and dusty, but mostly dark. And devoid of people until they are suddenly there. They appear out of the gloomy dark and don’...


I spend a lot of time online. Half the stuff I do online is a complete waste of time. The problem is, I don’t know which half. Between reading the news and entertainment, watching videos, produc...


October 30, 2020

all kinds

My collection of tie-dye t-shirts has doubled. I have two, which is two too many. I have a drawer full of bandanas. I rarely wear one on my head or around my neck anymore. I grew a beard. Two win...


October 29, 2020

weed

My youngest before visiting the other day, stopped by the High Street weed store. She bought me some edibles asking if I had ever been in the shop which is about a ten minute walk from the ol’ bo...


October 28, 2020

modern day fairy tale

Before I toggle, before I even call my web hosting service, I invite my youngest over to stand by just in case I break my websites. She is young and grew up with the internet. She knows a little ...


October 27, 2020

a tale of near exploitation

Yesterday I wrote about writing. I didn’t know I was so nostalgic. Writing has long been a hobby, though I never knew it until recently. Finding out that writing is a hobby is like on the news w...


October 26, 2020

The daily words

So I’ve decided again to do morning pages, daily writing in the morning, but not like last time where I wrote 750 words, usually in about 25 minutes, and then hit publish. That was too much. Too ...


October 25, 2020

The Big Nickel

The big nickel is the granddaddy of all roadside attractions. It may not have been the first roadside attraction in the world. It may not be the best. It may not even be that famous anymore, but ...


October 24, 2020

Crazylegs

A day or two before we leave on this trip around the biggest sweet potato ever, I bump into an old colleague, Crazylegs, still with the Big Mother, still wearing the fashion of mid-90s, still the...


October 23, 2020

sweet potato

You shouldn’t need a vacation when you return from a holiday, but that’s the way I’m feeling already. We cut down that second longest secondary highway in all of Ontario yesterday, cutting off a ...


October 22, 2020

Snow

In White River, we boondock on a narrow peninsula, jutting out into a northern lake so idyllic and serene, it’s without question the best place we’ve every stopped for the night. The light snow f...


October 21, 2020

Passage

There is not a lot of anything except scrubby land and abject loneliness between Smooth Rock Falls and White River. Along the way, along the second longest secondary road in Ontario, the scenery ...


October 20, 2020

Nature

In southern Ontario you get used to cities and towns, of roads and highways and lots of cars, minivans and SUVs, driving too fast. You get used to seeing new stuff, construction, growth and signs...


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Life, I’ve decided is about learning new things and about self improvement. It’s about good habits and paying attention to inputs, into the mind and the body. Bad habits are hard to quit but they are easier to squeeze out with better habits
If I can get 1% better everyday, then at the end of the year I’ll be compoundly better.