Thursday Throwdown: July 22, 2021

Every once in a while, I need to stop and take inventory of the great stuff that’s going on around me. In the last few months, we’ve started a backyard makeover, the trunk of a giant century-old maple tree in front of my house snapped and destroyed part of my garden (and embedded itself in […]

Countdowns to the Top

In the summers of my youth, it meant the Top Songs of All Time on the radio, playing all weekend until Sunday night when they would reveal the Number One Song. This weekend was the same, and different.

What’s the best you can do?

Half a lifetime ago, there were several people in my circle of friends who had birthdays around the same time as mine, so we decided that we’d go to a comedy show to celebrate all of us at once. I wasn’t in a great headspace, so when the comedian asked if anyone was celebrating anything, […]

Thursday Throwdown: July 1

So, usually on Canada Day, I’d be agonizing over how to narrow down my favourite Canadian tunes down to a coherent playlist for you. But this year, there are other things to consider. The number of unmarked graves around residential schools is over a thousand, and it’s going to increase. I mean, not that the […]

Thursday Throwdown: June 24, 2021

Happy First-Week-Of-Summer, friends! I’ve been doing some self-care lately and I decided to start the No-Work-On-Friday Summer a little early. Now that we’re bumping up into Canada and/or Independence Day here in North America, I’ve got an actual week of vacay coming up (like, starting in…. 4 hours 56 minutes of when I’m writing this…) […]

Thursday Throwdown: June 10, 2021

Try, try, again, right? We still can’t figure out what the issue was with the randomly not-showing-up playlists. The Swearyverse is not playing nicely with Spotify. But I’m a scholar of the Senator Elizabeth Warren school of Persistence, so we’ll try again. Yeah… So I dunno. It appears to be working now. Technology is hard […]

Thursday Throwdown: June 3, 2021

Welcome to June, friends! In Ontario, we move into a different stage of lockdown (maybe) this week. But no one really knows what that means, because there’s nebulous rules like “Everything is the same except these things, which everyone thought were already changed, so good luck”. So I dunno. Enjoy your week, whatever you’re allowed […]

Feeling vs. Being

I understand that a seizure is an electrical storm in your brain, and in the aftermath, there’s neural short-circuits that need to be detoured as your brain heals itself. And you can’t will it to go faster than it’s going to. Alas.