Spring Cleaning for the Soul

More thoughtlessly abandoned couches and old entertainment units. More fragrant flowers amid baby blades of grass. More birds chirping in that distinctly fresh and vital way. Springtime. Whether it’s the cleared-out overaccumulations of stuff, both literal and figurative, or all the sensory reminders of the universe renewing itself, spring feels … Continue reading

Midwest Book Review Recommends Life’s Attic

Life’s Attic has just been reviewed by Midwest Book Review. Yay! They review less than a third of submitted titles, so I’m very excited that they chose to review mine. Established in 1976, the Midwest Book Review publishes a number of monthly book publications specifically designed for community and academic … Continue reading

Life’s Attic is Now Available!

I am very pleased to announce that Life’s Attic has now been released. Yay! Please visit the Life’s Attic page of this site for full details, including how to get an autographed copy. Gee, that sounds so immodest and weird to say, but it is a request I received from … Continue reading

Publishing of Life’s Attic Getting Closer

My novel, Life’s Attic, is being typeset as I speak (or type), and the cover art is being finalized as well.
~In the fictional West Coast town of Clementine, Leanne Porter is about to meet Jay Hanson. There’s just one problem. Jay has AIDS. Continue reading

Printer Use According to Marcus the Cat

One of the great things about kids and animals are there automatic and uninhibited reactions to things. I think that’s one of the reasons we love watching animals and little kids enjoy the world. And hopefully it’s not just vicariously enjoying their silly fun, but making it our own as … Continue reading

Rat and Cat – Kiss and Hug

Ready for another animal friends video? This one features another unexpected pairing – a cat and a rat. There’s a couple of rats actually, but one seems particularly affectionate and intrigued by this feline. In all fairness, Ranj the rat seems to be rather more interested in Peanut the cat, … Continue reading

Forget Jail, Forget Nursing Homes, Take a Cruise

The following joke/scenario thing reminds me of an earlier forward I wrote about which contrasted life in prison and a nursing home. It also brings to mind the old chestnut, “the truest words are spoken in jest.” Underneath so many of these little comedy bits are some pretty apt observations … Continue reading

Jail Versus Nursing Home – Time To Swap?

Sometimes you get an email forward that you just can’t resist sharing. “Jail vs Nursing  Home” has the benefit of being both funny, and also contributing a great social commentary on some rather skewed priorities. I suppose in all fairness, the rights and treatment of these two segments of the … Continue reading

$5 Bill – Worth $50,000 To $100,000 – Going to Auction

Talk about inflation, sort of. A five dollar bill in 1910 is now worth between $50,000 and $100,000. But not just any five dollar bill will do. It has to be the very first one ever issued by the Bank of Vancouver, which only operated from 1910 to 1914. It … Continue reading

$1 Million Coin – Worth $4 Million – Going to Auction

Talk about extremes. A couple of weeks or so ago I was talking about the dear little penny. Well, about as far away from that as you can get is the million dollar coin. Yep, turns out the Royal Canadian Mint made five of these gigantic coins in May 2007. … Continue reading