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I wrote with my friends. Almost everyone did. Sometimes I wrote too much. Sometimes, others did. I liked to write. I still like to write. But I did not write to the point of blacking out, and I never sexually assaulted anyone. There is a bright line between writing, which I gladly do, and which I fully embrace, and sexually assaulting someone, which is a violent crime.

We wrote too much. We liked to write. You know, we... whatever the chart says, a word/page count chart.

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When I was an English Teacher in Taiwan, on the first day I used to begin my mid-level university classes with a game. I asked my students to write down five things about themselves, one of which...


December 14, 2020

You can ring my bell in 1% better

I finally got around to changing the batteries for the front door bell. Turns out that there is a little one in the button itself, looks like half of a AAA battery in there. A 2A, it is. I go up ...


December 13, 2020

Delhi hello in Morning Stream

I can be a real bastard sometimes. I had a new client once who clearly was going to take up a lot of my time and then likely not buy anything. I can just tell. He had time. He was Indian. He love...


The ex-mayor calls me again. I miss his call again. It goes straight to voicemail without registering that he called at all. This time his voicemail did not leave a number so I never get around t...


December 11, 2020

Day 80 in Morning Stream

The recycling truck comes every Tuesday. The garbage truck and the yard waste recycling truck comes every other Tuesday, alternating. The truck that picks up the big and heavy things is on a seem...


I live in town that has two parallel streets running north-south through the core. They cross three times before merging at both ends, north and south. Old cow paths. Wagon trails. Indian footpat...


I have a notebook that I started when there were 102 days until March 1, essentially my covid/winter countdown. It is filling up with complaints, ideas, lists, books to read, music to listen to a...


December 08, 2020

Killing it with kindness in 1% better

Most nights, most of my neighbours put their porch lights on. It’s a remnant of a community initiative program from a decade ago, aiming to create safe neighbourhoods. “Light it up” or “Keep ever...


December 07, 2020

Butter Road in 1% better

They say that everyone who looks into their family history will find a secret sooner or later. I suppose at the very least, you don’t want to be that secret. You don’t want to be the one who drov...


I start my day the same way, most everyday eager to see what my statistics on Youtube say. Yeah, that’s right I’m like a rat hitting the bar and getting a little kernel of corn. Every morning. T...


Today’s webcast is the George Washington Bridge from the New Jersey side — Fort Lee, 24 lanes of traffic, in a light rain, moving well through the toll booths, like raindrops on a car hood, bunc...


December 04, 2020

media in Morning Stream

I bumble across a website with the best jazz albums of 2020. Listening to them on Spotify, one by one. I’m liking the way jazz has been going. It reminds me of Russian classical music in its swee...


December 03, 2020

Big yellow school bus in Morning Stream

For about a year, there was a school bus parked every day, Monday to Friday, on my block. It was often parked right in front of my house. I noticed it at first, but never really noticed it. And t...


December 02, 2020

flawed and fictitious in Morning Stream

Many people complain about the internet watching them. It’s an invasion of privacy! They can’t collect all that information on me. How are they using that information? Are they selling my data? W...


December 01, 2020

Gravy in Morning Stream

I tend to do a reset at the beginning of the month. I close off my tracking application and make notes of the highs and lows. I start a new page on my writing software (Scrivener) and grab any ol...


November 30, 2020

GeeGees in Morning Stream

The university of Ottawa’s sports teams are called the GeeGees, which happened because their colours are garnet and grey in English and Grenat and Gris in French. UOttawa is the largest English-F...


November 29, 2020

South Molle in Morning Stream

On South Molle Island I play seven holes of golf before lunch and then go to work, washing pots in the kitchen. I play seven holes because two holes got washed out during the last big storm. I wo...


November 28, 2020

comparative optimism in 1% better

We want things to be predictable but variable Somedays you wake up and you want to change everything. I say ‘you’ but I mean ‘me’. Somedays it’s not a matter of “is there anything more?”, or a ma...


November 27, 2020

Dave's Gambit in 1% better

There is a text waiting for me when I open my eyes after 9am. It’s Dave, asking if I still hang out in that coffee shop on High Street. I lay in bed thinking about that. “The last time I was ther...


November 26, 2020

pie in Morning Stream

Thanksgiving day in the states, makes me think of two things. One is you know what. The other is pie, pumpkin pie to be exact. I’ve always liked the homeyness and seeming simplicity of pie. My f...


November 25, 2020

No filter in 1% better

I used to have a casual friend, a soccer dad friend to be specific, Peter, who had no filter. That’s surprising as he is a fairly senior government employee. Ministry of Agriculture. But maybe ov...


November 24, 2020

another day, yay! in 1% better

What about that iceberg that broke off from the shelf and started drifting south? Out there in the north Atlantic, just drifting, enjoying the night sky only to be hit by an unsinkable ship. If b...


November 23, 2020

math bomb in 1% better

I wasn’t on my company’s top 10 list this year. I wasn’t even in the top 20%. I’ve become part of the 80%, the underperforming, the rest, the also ran. Not even the consideration mention, or most...


November 22, 2020

then, now in 1% better

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...


November 21, 2020

ambient tv in 1% better

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...


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