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…

Getting to my KFC Weight

For almost three years my friend Mike and I would post our daily weight in the hopes of encouraging each other to lose weight. We didn’t diet, but just tried to be aware of our eating. In those 34 months, our weights went down and went up. Eventually, we started marking who had lost the…

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…

Tick, Tock…

Last Friday, I stayed after work an extra 45 minutes. I was chatting with my friend, Mike, and the conversation was on a roll. It was one of those conversations that are usually fuelled by alcohol, although this one was not. We talked about life, friends, family, mortality and things we wanted to do “one…

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…