Daddy Daydreamer

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

GMC says being a good father, friend or son isn't good enough

"Like a pro" commercial: Inspirational or perfection-obsessed?

GMC truck on bridge

Photo: Freeimages.com – Kevin Copple

I was watching a football game on television with my sons, when a GMC commercial appeared. From a marketing perspective, their “Like a Pro” campaign is well-crafted, and targets its demographic (white-collar, upper-middle-class males) well.

The ad starts with an . . .

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September 21, 2017

My parents have been married 50 years and they're still going strong

Of the many things they've taught me, three stand out

Family circa late 1970s

Fifty years equals 2,607 weeks. Fifty years equals 18,250 days. Fifty years equals 438,000 hours. Fifty years is a long time.

But love helps time pass quickly. So, it’s safe to say—fifty years have zoomed by for my parents.

My mom and dad recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. They've been married five . . .

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August 25, 2017

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