I know You’re Strong

I was listening to the song “A Plea from a Cat Named Virtute” by the Weakerthans the other day.  I love that song but it always gets me.  It hits me in the emotional gut. The song is the imagined monologue of a cat to its depressed owner.  I remember the first time I heard…

Distance and Children

When I went away to university, I never thought about the impact my absence might have on my parents.  I was going off on a new adventure.  Life beckoned and I answered the call. I missed my family, but I never really thought about how they might have missed me. After school, I came back…

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…

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…

Channelling Your Inner Child

Last week, I was invited to go see some young poets read from their works at a Chapters store. My friend Kevin teaches grade two in an elementary school and runs a writing club after classes. He had arranged the reading. The club is made up of kids from grades 3 to grade 8. I…

Felicidades, Alexandra y Marchy

On Saturday (July 20, 2013), my brother Mark married his wife Alexandra in Niagara Falls.  I gave the toast welcoming Alexandra to our family.  Here it is for family and friends that weren’t able to be there: Felicidades, Alexandra y Marchy. Congratulations, Alexandra and Mark (or “Marchy”, as he’s known in Spanish). Before I go on, I…