Man-Cold

I had a man-cold; you know, a viral head and chest infection that seems to hit men much worse than women. At least, that’s what we believe. I am much better now but it peaked two weeks ago. At the time, I went to a local drug store. I was looking for the same medication… Continue reading Man-Cold

Family Values

As parents, one of the most important responsibilities we have is to model a strong set of values for our families. It is incumbent upon us to instill a code of behaviour that reflects well upon family and community standards. For my children, this expectation was delivered through both sides of the family. A few… Continue reading Family Values

Gramps?

I called my father’s parents Grampy and Nan. I never knew my mother’s parents, both having passed before I was born. My parents were know as Pop and Nan to their grandchildren. Three years ago, when my daughter first told me she was pregnant, I started to give thought as to what I wanted to… Continue reading Gramps?

Sing Me a Song

My grandson was born twenty-eight months ago. Since his birth I have made a point of spending time with him every calendar week. When I first held him in my arms I welcomed him to the world and told him a number of things. I also sang him Raffi’s song, Willoughby Wallaby Woo: Willoughby Wallaby… Continue reading Sing Me a Song

Stand Corrected

I called a retired friend the other day. He had a phone number I needed. I placed the call at 8:30 in the morning. “I hope I am not calling too early?” “No. I have been up for a while.” He gave me the phone number I needed but I could hear his wife correcting… Continue reading Stand Corrected

Sink Your Teeth into This

Many years ago there was a Chief Petty Office in the navy who was concerned that one of his messmates might drink his beer while he was in the head (washroom). To ensure that that didn’t happen, he came up with a very unique solution. Before leaving the table he simply took out one of his… Continue reading Sink Your Teeth into This

Loud and Clear

My father was diagnosed with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. It is a Parkinson’s related disease that results from damage to nerve cells in the brain. It affects movement, control of walking, speech, swallowing, etc. It was tough for us to see his decline. It was particularly tough on him as his mind was good right up… Continue reading Loud and Clear