The Atlantic Star – Part I

I’ve been thinking of my dad a lot lately. His birthday is coming up. Dad was in the merchant navy during WW II. He was awarded the War Medal and the 1939-45 Star. As a child I would occasionally sneak into my parents bedroom and find his medals in his dresser. I would pin them… Continue reading The Atlantic Star – Part I

Happy Birthday Dad

Today is my father’s birthday. This would have been his 100th. It has been twenty-five years since he left us. I miss him. I’m the youngest of three brothers. I recall my parents telling me that they were actually hoping for a girl when I was born. I appreciated their honesty. As my father said,… Continue reading Happy Birthday Dad

“There are Worse Things to Happen”

Not long ago I had a conversation with an acquaintance. We’ve known each other for a long time. During our chat he informed me that his son had recently come out. I was curious, “How hard was it for him to tell you?” He gave me an account of the moment and the questions that… Continue reading “There are Worse Things to Happen”

Does Your Son Snore?

At one point last year I was flying out to Winnipeg. I boarded the connecting flight in Toronto and was seated by a window. The space beside me was empty as was the aisle seat across from me. A fellow next to it was beside his window and wearing a headset. Just as I was… Continue reading Does Your Son Snore?

If You Really…….. Part 2

If You Really ……… Part 2 If you haven’t read the previous post then you should before reading this one (it’s short). I first read Verbal Self-Defence in 1992. From that point onward, I would often share this strategy with my upper-level students. I didn’t realize that a few years later I would end up… Continue reading If You Really…….. Part 2