Daddy Daydreamer

How a potluck lunch brought me closer with my colleagues

Food tastes a lot better with good company

Friends eating lunch

Image: Dan Gold [CC0]

The "dîner de dorés" (pickerel feast) was a couple months in the making. My colleague, Louise, often talks of her love of fishing and being on the lake with her family.

"One day I'll bring in some fish I've caught for a nice team lunch," she told the team at work.

Louise sent the invite . . .

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September 11, 2019

The most excellent epic Ottawa River summer bicycle bridge tour

Here's a great family activity to explore Ottawa and Gatineau on your bike

Alexandria Bridge, Ottawa-Gatineau

Alexandria Bridge, Ottawa-Gatineau. Photo: Robert Linsdell [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

MOM, YOU AND I went for a bike ride. All the way downtown. We explored the bridges over the Ottawa River. We crossed the Alexandria Bridge, which was built in 1900. The cyclist-pedestrian portion of the bridge deck is wood. It sounded like a . . .

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August 09, 2019

You're living the dream, right?

A poem

Barnard 33 (Horsehead Nebula)

Image: Ken Crawford [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

You're living the dream, right?

what is it as I get older
time passes faster
summer solstice
days begin to shorten
sweat glistens
humid dreams
sticky hardwood
dance in a sprinkler
joy in a splash
run on a pitch
what is it as I get older
time passes faster
i will be stronger [K'naan]
. . .

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Posted in: poetry

July 22, 2019

What's the etiquette on cheering your kids in a sports blowout?

To celebrate or not, that is the question

Man cheering at soccer game, stadium in background

Image by Damon Nofar from Pixabay

A steady breeze cooled our pores on a beautiful, sunny June day at Millennium soccer park in Ottawa. 

My son's U-12 soccer team was playing in the U-13 bracket of the Ottawa TFC Capital Cup soccer tournament. Their third round-robin game of the day. Off to a quick start, my son's team . . .

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June 26, 2019

I can appreciate now what my grandfather taught me

Grandpa helped me realize it's vital to appreciate life's simple pleasures

Grandfather walking with grandson on a farm

Image by A. Debus from Pixabay

This essay also appeared in The Globe and Mail.

I relish the quiet of a predawn run. I focus on the cadence of my footfalls, breathe the crisp morning air.

I pass the local technical college and notice an older gentleman, leaning on a pillar. He sports glasses; his frame, slight, thin; grey hair . . .

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June 14, 2019

How a chat about sardines took me off autopilot

Costco is a great place to people-watch and slow down a bit

Open can of sardines on a plate

Image by Lola Rudolphi from Pixabay

Every time I go to Costco I feel like an ant.

Thousands of us descend upon our local big-box store every day, find parking spots, grab shopping carts in orderly fashion. Forage for food, inspect labels, fill carts. As if with a collective consciousness, we pick up on cues, movements, stay in . . .

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May 21, 2019

Confession of a Grade 8 bully

We are all capable of horrible and beautiful things

Student looking at smartphone

Image by Dean Moriarty from Pixabay

I remember Mike from my Grade 8 class. He had a spiky, longer brush cut. His front teeth stuck out slightly. It was 1986. Bryan Adams and Corey Hart were big. So were the Beastie Boys.

Now, kids being kids (that's no excuse!), Mike got teased. Someone gave him a not-too-nice nickname and it . . .

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April 03, 2019


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