Happy Mother’s Day

I met my wife when we were both in a play 32 years ago.  I had heard of her before I met her.  My friend Jimmy had spoken about this Deb Dagenais who was a good actress.  It was easy to be attracted to her.  She was vivacious and fun. Sometimes after rehearsal, I would…

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.…

The Power of One

Last weekend, Deb, Tara and I were part of a volunteer effort to clean up some lanes in Hamilton. Our lane wasn’t originally on the list, but it got added when Deb decided to volunteer. Our job was to set up a table and the organizers would bring some supplies. We would organize the volunteers…

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…