Daddy Daydreamer

We got ripped off, but I'm proud my son was generous

A con artist left me feeling grateful and betrayed

Thou shalt not

I have to give her credit, she told a great story. Before my son and I realized she scammed us, we felt pretty good about ourselves.

We were enjoying a nice father-son walk around the neighbourhood. Came across a woman near the end of our street. She was hard at work, chipping away ice on her driveway.

A bit rough around the . . .

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February 25, 2018

Some dude texted me by accident and said he was going to kill himself

I called him back—find out what happened

Diary note, anger, shame, potential suicidal thoughts

The call came at 5:09 on a cold January morning, waking me from a sound sleep. It was a text-to-landline message.

"Goodbye Nicole, I love you," the robotic voice said. An obvious wrong number.

I thought about the message. Maybe it was a husband sending a sweet message to his wife. But I felt a finality to it; five words can mean . . .

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January 31, 2018

Fuzzy Bunny and the Christmas iPod

A holiday story

Fuzzy Bunny with iPod

Fuzzy Bunny was very excited to open his gifts on Christmas morning. Every day in December, he counted how many days were left until the BIG day. He wished very hard for an iPod, so he could play all his favourite games without having to share with his brother, Fuzzy Hoppy.

It was Christmas Eve. Fuzzy Dad worried about paying the . . .

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December 24, 2017

Some Jehovah's Witnesses got me thinking about faith, myths and stories

A morning diversion turned into a philosophical discussion

Flash of light

Photo: Freeimages.com – Prashant Jambunathan

People knock on my door. They try to sell me things, ask for donations, or impart some sort of spiritual wisdom.

One morning, the doorbell rang as I tidied the kitchen. I opened the door. Two well-dressed people kindly presented themselves.

“Hi there,” a curly . . .

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November 02, 2017

How I rekindled my dreams

I want to dream big, like when I was a kid

Be it resolved that I will become the greatest writer that I can be. Be it resolved that I will be me.

This post contains coarse language which may be offensive to some readers.

I used to dream big. Until I grew up. Adulthood is where my dreams died.

Lately, I've had inklings of creative momentum percolate through my brain. I can't deny this desire to be more than a rat in a race.

But it seems so hard to extricate myself . . .

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October 19, 2017

You came into this world—a blessing

A poem for my younger son, who turned 8

Dad and baby 2

You came into this world—a blessing

you came into this world
a blessing
wrapped in love, a cry
your journey began
taller i stand
when i'm holding
your hand

i put you to sleep
kiss on the cheek
i look at the clock
think of skipping rocks
with you

time has warped by
minutiae of life
through joy
through strife
i see you, baby
no . . .

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October 03, 2017

My child flipped out—staying calm wasn't easy

Dealing with kids' anger is a tricky thing

Angry lemon

Photo: Freeimages.com – Roman Volkov

This post contains coarse language.

It's amazing how quickly things can go from happy to shit show.

One minute everything's fine. Then someone gets angry, seemingly out of nowhere. But if you examine further, there's often an underlying issue, some resentment that's been festering.

. . .

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September 29, 2017

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