Category Archives: Sappy

Music Monday – O Chips!

A visually impaired Liberian street musician named Weesay makes up a song about chips on the spot using a very unique guitar… After the video goes viral, he is given a real guitar from supporters in the US. Now there’s even an IndieGogo campaign to raise funds to fly him to the US for surgery to […]

Music Monday – “Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars/Place your head on my beating heart/I’m thinking out loud/That maybe we found love right where we are”

Didn’t post this weekend as I was away at my brother-in-law’s wedding… “Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran

Music Monday – “We got the kinda love/A blind man can see” (American Idol’s Best Audition So Far This Season)

American Idol is one of my guilty pleasures.  It’s fascinating how they put together the show – especially the audition rounds to add narratives to what is otherwise a series of very similar clips.  For example, they’ll show a montage of one judge being mean to every contestant only to cut to them being blown […]

2014 End of Year Memes: Union Activist Achievement Unlocked, Spirit of the West Rediscovered, RV Camper Purchased

1. What did you do this year that you’d never done before? I joined the bargaining committee for CUPE Local 1594 at my library. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was a really interesting experience – getting insight into how both the union and management approach various issues in the workplace as well […]

The True Meaning of Christmas That Everyone Forgets

Someone on my Facebook posted a rather profound article about how the arguments between “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Holidays” are misguided. The article points out the fact that our Christmas traditions have well-documented roots back to a pagan time, long ago, when people came together for a festival during the longest night of the year […]

Music Monday – “Can’t get out of the yard / I’m snowed in with the drifts / No one is coming to open these gifts”

I’m a big believer that the best Christmas songs are the ones with a sense of sadness and melancholy underlying them. Corb Lund has jumped to the top of that category with his latest song.  An 80-year old rancher buying gifts for his gifts just in case they show up for Christmas even though they’re […]

Friday Fun Link – Spirit of the West’s John Mann Dancing

I recently wrote about the sad news that Spirit of the West lead singer, John Mann, has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Without being too hyperbolic, I have to say there aren’t many bands that have played as big of a role in my life as Spirit of the West – everything from the […]

Music Monday – “Now when she’s talking to you/Make sure you listen close/Cause she’s gonna teach everything you’ll ever need to know Like how to mind your manners to love and laugh and dream/And she’ll put you on the path/That’ll bring you back to me”

Shea’s lifelong friend, maid of honour, and guardian to Pace and Sasha, had her third baby last night. After having two boys, we were happy to hear that a baby girl, Abby, had joined their family – not least because we can pass along a bunch of clothes and other Sasha goodies to them!  ;-) […]

Music Monday – “And I know that by February/My thoughts on snow may be contrary/But this is now/And then is then.”

This is another annual tradition on this blog. I’m fudging a bit this year as the snow fell overnight from Monday to Tuesday but since it fits better as a Music Monday post, here’s my annual post of one of my favourite Hawksley Workman songs posted on a Tuesday but dated for Monday! “First Snow […]

Throwback Thursday – #tbt – Halloween Costume Surprise

Pace was dressing as Batman for Halloween a couple years ago. I’d thought about buying the obvious costume to surprise him but pre-made costumes are expensive these days and it felt like a lot of money to buy for a one-off surprise.  At the same time, how many times to you get to be the sidekick to […]