Remembrance Day – Part I

As a reservist, I paraded on Remembrance Day and was proud to do so. When the decision was made to move the traditional outdoor parade to inside the local arena I was still active. After I left the reserves, my family and I would attend that same service. Being in the stands and watching the… Continue reading Remembrance Day – Part I

Politically Correct – PART II

On the same day I was in the coffee shop, I had been listening to the radio. Much attention was being given to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. During one particular broadcast, one of the interviewees offered the following bit of trivia: “Did you know that Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name was… Continue reading Politically Correct – PART II

Naval Reserve – The Unicorn – PART I

I had twenty years service with the Naval Reserve. Over the years I held various positions and had some amazing experiences and opportunities. It was all good. Twenty-six years ago I was involved in a project that had my unit working closely with another military organization. The project took place over the winter, and it… Continue reading Naval Reserve – The Unicorn – PART I

Into the Wilderness – PART I

In the spring of 1981, I participated in my university’s rugby tour to New England. I had just finished my BSc. I was going to work for a year before pursuing my BEd. I was soon to start a six month contract with the navy. Life was treating me well. It was a ten day… Continue reading Into the Wilderness – PART I

Naval Reserve – Water Conservation I

During my career with the naval reserve, I spent a lot of time on small vessels. One of the drawbacks of training on a boat, as opposed to a ship, is that you have a limited amount of fresh water. It is not inexpensive to purchase water when visiting a port. One of our goals was… Continue reading Naval Reserve – Water Conservation I

Falling For You

In the news recently, it was reported that two RCMP cadets fainted during a ceremony at which our Prime Minister was speaking. I wondered why this made the news. Was the media suggesting that Mr. Trudeau was somehow responsible? In the military, having people faint on parade is commonplace. I don’t know why the RCMP… Continue reading Falling For You

Clifford – Part I

Clifford was a member of my Masonic Lodge. He was in the Canadian Navy; after which, he became a police officer. When I came to know Clifford he was well into retirement. He had had a stroke which affected his mobility. His speech was limited to saying three things; Yes, No and Jesus Christ. I… Continue reading Clifford – Part I