Category Archives: Sappy

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 […]

An Illustrated Talk With Maurice Sendak

What Do Garden Fresh Carrots Have To Do With Working In A Public Library?

As part of the interview process for a Public Service Manager position at RPL, candidates are asked to do a presentation on “The Future of Public Libraries” to some of the librarians already working in the organization. I was able to attend one such presentation today and since we had a few minutes after the […]

Music Monday – “We arrived in December and London was cold/We stayed in the bars along Charing Cross Road/We never saw nothin’ but brass taps and oak/Kept a shine on the bar with the sleeves of our coats”

Heard the very sad news today that John Mann of Spirit of the West has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers. Like many people who were college-aged in the 1990’s, Spirit of the West was basically a soundtrack to my life back then.  When I went to England on exchange in 1995, the lyric I quoted in […]

RIP Robin Williams (And My Ten Favourite Robin Williams Movies)

Shocking news today that Robin Williams has died, apparently by suicide.  Based on the way my Facebook feed lit up with the news, it’s a pretty safe bet that I’m not unique in thinking of him as one of my favourite actors. His range in both comedies and dramas was outstanding and his genuine humanity […]

Long Weekend Catch-Up – Happy, Sad, Funny, Tired

Didn’t do any blogging over the long weekend so I’ll catch up now… Saturday Snap Sappy Sunday Gah…so sad. Music Monday Guitar and Drums at the same time?  It’s like The White Stripes in a single body! Tuesday I have a headache and am now going to bed…

10 Years Ago Today – Remembering My Eulogy for Grandma Hammond

A cousin’s Facebook post reminded me that today marks ten years since my Grandma Hammond passed away. It’s hard to believe how quickly time has flown! I had the great privilege of delivering her eulogy and although I know some family members were a bit uneasy about the fact that I didn’t do a very typical […]

Music Monday – “I’m grateful for all you’ve done/I never felt like I went without with what I had/And I’m proud to be your son/And I’m proud to call you my dad”

A video I made a couple years back which has a Father’s Day theme… “Pier 21” – John Wort Hannam

“Some Reasons” Redux… (aka Happy Father’s Day To My Dad!)

Five years ago on my dad’s 65th birthday, I posted a list of some of the many reasons I loved him – fond memories, funny memories, ways he’s helped me grow into the person I’ve become. It was probably the most personal thing I’ve ever posted to this blog.  And since dad turned 70 this […]