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A mother and her son; a father and his mom

Mother and son

Photo by Obed Esquivel on Unsplash

The first article I ever posted to this blog was about my mom. She exerted a gravity on me as a child that laid my foundation to be a stay-at-home dad for over six years.

This is my 100th and final blog post on Daddy Daydreamer. I find a serenity and symmetry closing this chapter of my . . .

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August 27, 2020

The Uncertainty Principle

A poem

Two shoes with arrows pointing in different directions

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

THE UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE

The dread of uncertainty
at times wish I were dead
unproductive thoughts
run amok in my head

stuck in the middle
caught in a rut
I close my eyes,
breathe ...
listen to the dawn;
crickets, gulls,
a low-lying hum

clock radio blinks
every second counts,
present moving
to past;
. . .

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August 20, 2020

What it felt like becoming a father

Dad and son

I remember the stifling heat the day our first child was born. I remember taking my wife for a slow walk around the neighbourhood, holding her hand.

I remember taking her to the hospital, meeting our midwife there. I remember the birthing room, airy and comfortable. I remember the air conditioning.

I remember sitting in the tub . . .

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August 02, 2020

A pandemic virtual travel tour

We can't really travel that much, so I dug out some poems from previous travels. I hope it gives you a feel for these places.

Forest walk to Witty's Lagoon

Witty's Lagoon

cool forest march
breathe mist
get the gist
prehistoric machination
giant fern fascination
mossy acer macrophyllum
look up! 
smell the ocean

tide is out
sit on driftwood
unwrap your . . .

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July 22, 2020

The Reckoning

A rant

Bringing in the overseer for the reckoning

Image: Weidenbach / CC BY-SA

THE RECKONING

Somethin' brewin' in my mind
can't pinpoint malaise I will in time
so much conflict strife bad news
sometimes I think what's to lose

do I sit back in comfort nest retreat
do I stand up for what I believe
ay there's the rub what do I believe
beyond platitudes and saying
the fashionable . . .

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June 13, 2020

Between a rock and a kind place

Pay it forward. Make the world a little better

Community caring rock garden, Carson Grove Elementary School, Ottawa

Community caring rock garden, near Carson Grove Elementary School, Ottawa

Small acts of kindness can pay large dividends. Those who give these small acts may not be aware of all their effects. But they can create ripples of goodwill down the road.

I like to run in the morning, before my kids wake up. Calms my mind. Exercise . . .

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May 29, 2020

I am Grateful

A poem

Silvrback blog image

I AM GRATEFUL

I am grateful for my mistakes,
anxieties and fears
they give rise to my courage,
for those I hold dear

I am grateful for having
been broken, in pain
so hope can rebuild,
dissolve all the blame

I am grateful to be alive;
my next breath fills my lungs
I am grateful to feel old
and also feel young

I am grateful in every . . .

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May 08, 2020

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