Category Archives: Sappy

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 […]

Too Many Tabs Tuesday

Here are a few things that caught my eye this past week… What are the best new products nobody knows about? (Quora) How We Die – Then and Now: Comparing Causes of Death, 1900 v. 2010 (Infographic) What Radiohead Song Always Moves You To Tears? (Reddit) How Poverty Taxes The Brain (Infographic) Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” […]

My Suggestion for A Better Way to Make Sure A #yxe Father Is Close To His Ill Son #yqr #saskatchewan

Looks like WestJet’s trying to repeat their successful Christmas viral video with another one that will pull your heartstrings for Father’s Day (plus to help make the video go viral, they’ve offered additional flights to Ronald McDonald families for every 100,000 views the clip gets up to a maximum of 500,000.) Of course, this is very generous of […]