Beautiful morning

I was walking my dog, Dodger, this morning. It was beautiful and sunny. It was early enough that there weren’t many people around.  Those that were, smiled and said hello. So, did I. Sometimes that’s all it takes to make it a wonderful day.   © 2019 Peter Gruner

Unlimited potential

August 1986. I was lying on the deck of a sail boat in Georgian Bay. It was evening and I was looking at the bright stars in the dark sky. My family was below deck and although there were sounds in the distance, I felt alone. In a good way. Life was full of potential.…

Postponing Anxiety

In February, my son announced that he was thinking of traveling through Mexico for a month. His plans weren’t firm yet but he was thinking of it. I tried to dissuade him from that idea. Canadian tourists get killed in Mexico, I told him. I had an irrational fear of Mexico. I wasn’t afraid of…

Just the right words

It’s the night before I do a clown turn at the Red Nose Cabaret.  I’ve been fretting about it for the last couple of days.  Will I be funny?  Will I be focused?  Will I be open to failure? Clowning is like riding a unicycle.  You have to flirt with losing your balance and falling…

My Friend George

It was the first day of classes in Grade Four and Mrs. Korb asked John Hazel and me to stand up. She wanted us to be “buddies” with the new kid, George Snider. I turned and looked over to the red-faced kid with the bowl hair cut and big teeth. To be fair, he looked…

Start Again

Sometimes we set a goal for ourselves and we don’t quite make it.  Maybe we don’t come anywhere near reaching it.  Do we give up? If it’s a worthy goal, you carry on.  Or start over. Fall down three times and get up four times.  It’s the getting up and retrying or starting over that…

Sucker-punched by Loss

What is the time frame to get over the loss of someone you love? Is there a point where you say it doesn’t hurt anymore? My brother passed away 27 years ago; he was only 22 years old. I often think of the life he missed out living; so many things he never got to…