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An Honest Living

This past week the Halifax International Buskers Festival has been going on.  After the past couple years of being at times awed, enthralled, engaged – but mostly bored and somewhat annoyed at the cause of my boredom, I had decided I would give myself a year off from it.  With my niece

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The Stillness of Effort

My past five days have been incredibly busy.  I’ve had my twelve year old niece visiting and, as this is the first time she’s ever come solo for a visit with me, I wanted to make sure she had the chance to have loads of fun and experience what Halifax

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The fog has lifted – behold the breathtaking view!

Over the past few days it’s felt next to impossible to write. Granted, there have been a lot of things to make it difficult.  A ten year high school reunion that took up 12 hours of my day, days of heat – the type of heavy, wet, energy sucking heat

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The Butterfly Effect . . . well, kinda

I’ve been reading through the novel I started writing about 7 years ago.  It started off as a few lines of writing inspired by a walk in a small town in rural NB about 4 years earlier, followed by a sketch I wrote in a notebook while at the Northrop Frye Festival

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Just People

Several weeks ago I was at the airport waiting to board a flight I should have boarded 20 minutes earlier.  I started people watching.  I noticed a young girl, probably about three years old, happily playing with a number of children also waiting to board.  The staff started calling families,

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Rays of Happiness

Today was one of those days when my body decided to be my enemy and leave me in some pretty excruciating pain.  To add to it, a call from the doctor’s office revealed that, although not life threatening, they found the reason for my pain and wanted me to come

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“For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.”

Last night I came across a section from Kahlil Gibran’s, “On Children.” As I read, I reflected on my own experience with my parents, the experiences of my siblings, the stories I’ve heard from people’s experiences with their  parents, and the experience I hope to create for my own children

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Is it ever a good idea to spit in the face of serendipity?

I was walking home from an appointment this afternoon when I decided to walk through the Public Gardens (a beautiful fenced in garden in downtown Halifax) and spend a few minutes soaking in some sun and reading Wizard’s First Rule, the book I was talking about in yesterday’s post. When the alarm went

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The Hero’s Journey

With the exception of  The Hobbit, The Lord of The Rings, and The Chronicles of Narnia (which I got started on before I reached double digits), I haven’t read very many fantasy books.  I’m not sure why.  I loved both of them.  They took me to places my normal reading choices don’t go.  At

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Never Leave The Playground

I watched a video today that had me smiling in moments.  It was about a 71 year old man , Steven Jepson, whose philosophy in life is “never leave the playground.”  For Jepson, that means keeping active, agile, sharp, and exuberant by daily play. Jepson had me wanting to head

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