Category Archives: Entertainment

The Difference a Day Can Make

It’s funny what a day can mean. A good night’s rest can restore the sheen on a life that sometimes leaves you shaking your head in disbelief. I suppose it’s the stress we put on ourselves as we channel our … Continue reading

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Caller: this is Windows…

You know those guys who call on the land line and insist that they’re calling from “Windows – and that your computer has a virus?” These days I have a script right by the phone and I just read it … Continue reading

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Christmas Songs: My Top Ten (Part 3 of 3)

Mummers’ Song by Simani Mummering is an age old tradition that came to our shores along with the European visitors who, for one reason or another, decided to stay. These days it’s only practiced occasionally and mainly in our rural … Continue reading

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Christmas Songs: My Top Ten (Part 2 of 3)

A Childrens’ Winter by Dermot O’Reilly Though not necessarily a Christmas song, it’s not unusual to hear it performed in clubs and at concerts this time of the year. The easy D-A-G arrangement makes this ideal as something to loosen up the … Continue reading

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Christmas Songs: My Top Ten (Part 1 of 3)

Number 10: Tinsel Town by Jimmy Rankin Christmas is almost upon us. In fact as Jimmy’s opening line, “everywhere you look, everywhere you go,” notes, it’s kind of hard to miss. Especially on the radio; every station finds a reason … Continue reading

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Twenty Mile Pond and Monsters; Bill Rowe’s Latest Piece is (Mostly) Fictional

“Work with what you know,”—always good advice regardless of your area of expertise. In “The Monster of Twenty Mile Pond,” (2014, Flanker Press) Bill Rowe heeds that advice, choosing to cast the main character as a lawyer whose responsibilities strain … Continue reading

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Ireland Trip: 6–Dublin; Paul and Carly’s Soundtrack

Live in the moment! Many, such as fellow Canadian Eckhart Tolle, remind us that our tendency to dwell too much either in the past or the future is to our detriment, depriving us of the one thing in our lives … Continue reading

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Ireland Trip: 5–Galway, A Different Dance

There’s a comfort in ritual, regardless of the origin. Perhaps it’s the way you fix your morning coffee or maybe it’s in the community-wide response to the death of one of its members.  We can’t afford the cognitive effort to … Continue reading

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Ireland Trip: 4–Cork and Memory, part 3

All our moments are filled with such richness; a wealth that can constantly tapped into; a means for transformation. The senses, should we choose to acknowledge them, surround us with fragments from the current place and time in which we … Continue reading

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Ireland Trip: 4–Cork and Memory, part 2

Drawbridge Street—the birthplace of my Mom. Though she’d been raised in Dublin she’d lived the first three years of her life there, with her birth parents, brothers and sisters. Her oldest brother, Johnnie, who had never really gotten along with … Continue reading

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