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The pandemic has caused great change. We haven’t noticed some of it as we are still in the middle of it. In the middle of it? In the thick of it? Where is the light at the end of the tunnel? Are ...


Here it is September 20 and the weather in southwestern Ontario is still warm and dry. Typically at about this time we are experiencing the first signs of Autumn, so, bonus! It makes a big differ...


I think I should move on from the morose. I don’t want to think about death. I don’t need to consider just how much time I may have left. Instead, I aim to be stoic about life, about the whole th...


I get a text from a guy I know at the goat rodeo telling me that an old colleague of mine has died. Leslie was just 57. I first met her when I worked at the old rodeo, (the one I successfully su...


I didn’t mean to imply that I slept with two Danish girls. I was never that successful with girls. (But, for the record I did sleep with one of them. She wrapped her legs around mine in some sort...


As the beekeeper on the kibbutz, one day I got stung six times on my left hand. I didn’t wear gloves but I did wear the rest of the get up - the hazmat suit and the pith helmet netting. And it wa...


I’ve got absolutely no patience for online banking. I’ve become a Luddite, I know. But with all the passwords, the questions that I have to answer, the two-step security protocols that need email...


September 09, 2021

Tending the goats

The drugs and video games are helping me give up the booze. I don’t miss it. I just like having it around to help me kill time. No imagination. No passion. Christ I may have to turn to religion n...


September 08, 2021

the big dig

I’m still in the mood for a big clean up and so I chip away at all the stuff that has built up in the basements of my two houses. First of all, I got tired of answering questions and arranging t...


September 07, 2021

Kijiji and the kiln

Over at the bungalow on Sunday, we started cleaning it out. It is amazing how much stuff collected in the basement and since we stopped running the airbnb two years ago. Certainly with Mattie and...


September 05, 2021

Waiting to land

Sure is quiet. The pandemic has turned us all into homebodies, antisocial and self-involved. I’m not complaining. I like it. Sunday morning 10:30. An occasional car on the street. A pedestrian...


September 04, 2021

In my video

The tough thing about decided to write everyday is that most days nothing notable is worthy of writing about. Day in, day out, life goes on. I sleep in and then waste time on the internet, YouTu...


September 03, 2021

Jasper

Another day, another September. A blur. Time goes by. I travel through time. Endlessly, until the end. Reading about the Taipings. I always thought they were a flash in the pan. A sudden revolt t...


I always overcorrect when I change course. I let things go on too long and too far. I wake up at the wheel, finding myself careening off course and out of control. The beets are bouncing out of t...


I’ve long thought that September should be the beginning of the calendar year. It makes sense. The kids go back to school. They start a new grade. People go back to work. The summer slowdown is o...


August 31, 2021

Road trip

An epic road trip, across country and back again. I was trying to remember just how many times I’ve driven from Ontario west to BC and/or back again — eight times total. That’s about 50,000km. Th...


When I’m at Costco, like I was last night, I like to pay special attention to the people who only have two or three things in their cart: - A bag of microfibre rags and a block of cheddar cheese....


The bad days are much more important that the good days. That’s a good place to start. I think back over the last 12 to 16 months and my memory is blank. Nothing bad happened. Nothing happened. A...


July 28, 2021

Payback prior to prizes

The payback came early, back to me. The universe sent me a curve. I didn’t actually win the Chrysler LeBaron, and all the other prizes and that’s a shame. I really wanted the lifetime supply of R...


July 27, 2021

Freshen-up

There used to be a kind of chewing gum when I was a kid called Freshen-up. It had the flavours cinnamon, peppermint, spearmint and bubble gum. A fruit variation was also offered in the early year...


July 26, 2021

Tools

When considering tools, sometimes you need to turn screws and sometimes you need to hit nails. Sometimes you have to cut things, or glue things. You have to measure things, smooth things out, mak...


July 25, 2021

...and now the weather

I only check the weather in the summertime, when I’m expecting hot, humid and sunny time. (For relaxing times, make it sunny times). The rest of the time I don’t care. Today and tomorrow are goin...


July 24, 2021

Poolside thoughts

Poolside thoughts When you look at the 50s from the perspective of the 70s they seem so different. But when you look at the 70s from the 90s, not so much. Why is that? This is a thought that nags...


July 23, 2021

less bog, more speed

June 23. I’m at that time in the summer when I don’t get any emails, no phone calls, nothing new to do, just clean up what has been done already… dot the i’s, cross the t’s, pinch off the lingeri...


July 05, 2021

The space between us

I don’t know why. I guess the time was right. About five, six years ago, I broke up with three important men in my life. My brother, my business partner and my best friend. The break ups happene...


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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.