Lent 2022 with a side of Throwdown Thursday

This year it’s 60 years since the Temptations cannonballed into the amazing Motown music movement in Detroit. Otis Williams is the last surviving member of the original Temptations, but even now, 60 years in, The Temptations are still producing and recording original new music. How great is that? I’m 97% sure that I don’t have […]

Countdown to Lent: PANCAKES!

I didn’t want to have pancakes today because I’m trying to kick the wheat habit that I know isn’t helping the system wide inflammation. So what did I do? I had pancakes. I could have had potato pancakes, or the kind of yummy shredded carrot and potato and parsnip pancakes that I had one Hanukkah […]

Countdown to Lent 2022: Shrove Monday

A while a go, I bought 18 single-serve bottles of green juice. I drank a few of them, but really wanted to use them as a springboard for eating less things that cause inflammation in my system, and use that step as a springboard into an allergy elimination process for a few weeks. You need […]

Countdown to Lent 2022: Masks

This weekend, we should be hitting peak Carnival. Except Rio de Janeiro  has moved the city-galvanizing Samba competition to the final days of April, to try to get out from under the Omicron spike. In a world of weird developments, could any of us have imagined that the Sambadromo would be cancelled one year and […]

Thursday Throwdown: February 24, 2022

I attended high school in the late 80’s. The Berlin Wall came down to mark the end of the Cold War during the summer before I started grade 12, but my most of my teenage years were under threat of nuclear holocaust. That shadow was there all the time, pervasive in the GenX music that […]

Countdown to Lent 2022: Fat Thursday

Usually, around Epiphany, I think to myself, “Self, let’s see when Lent starts so we’re not surprised“. Then, around Valentine’s Day (in years when Lent starts after Valentine’s day, that is), I think to myself, “Self, Let’s have another look at the calendar – Lent must be starting soon.” I want to be prepared, because […]

Grati-Tuesday: The Whole Fam-Damily!

Yesterday was Family Day here in Ontario, and I have a pretty celebration-worthy group. Child is home from university for spring break, so he requested a menu of his family favourites, and we had a lovely dinner full of laughs and great conversation. While my Gentleman Associate and I have fallen to the habit of […]

Grati-Tuesday: Go, Sports!

It has been a top-shelf week for sports. I’m not an athlete – I don’t even pretend to be one. But I love Love LOVE watching and cheering others who are. And this is a glorious time to have all the CBC, TSN, and SportsNet options my TV currently provides. First, the NHL all-star weekend. […]

Thankful Thursday: The Make Up Sessions

Yeah, this was one of those weeks where the first word I said to my boss on Monday morning was a Very Bad Word; There was warm-enough weather to partially melt the ice stalagmite that grows on the walkway beside my house (and under the monstrous icicle that hangs off the side of my eavestrough); […]