Hi friends – time for a brand new song and video! I swear I keep thinking of Bill Withers when I start these free-form songs – simple, heartfelt and compelling are my picks for the strongest virtues a song can have (Woody
Hey, what do you know? Right in the middle of an unwholesome national festival of Schadenfreude (pleasure in other people’s suffering) about our neighbours’ absolutely insane, and yet also hilariously pathetic politics, Canada up and finds a way to prove that politically,
Hello my friends! One of the curious things about the way covid has overturned everyone’s normalcy, all at once, is that many of us have been reminded about the value of pleasure and creativity, as a mentally and emotionally positive and stabilizing
Reopening and vaccinated at last. It is time to get the world-engaging side of my productivity-engine chugging again. So I’ve been cleaning out the boiler, checking gaskets, reviewing supplies of coal and water on hand and scouting new tracks, routes and customers.
Toffel digs inIllustrations by Andrew Rewfoe Foerster, from the upcoming book – “Stymie and Toffel” This is a weird and difficult time to be a kid. Childhood has actually been increasingly weird and difficult for several generations now, but the truly shocking
Dragon at Croydon – For a story from youth, a picture by the youth at the time I’m working on putting together two books at once right now, and this feels like a very cheering and natural publisher growth process. I have
This is a moment of high passion and righteous calls for justice. Good time also to think about the history of advances in rights, and the outcomes of previous movements – so we can incorporate lessons about strategy – and make sure
Hello my friends – here’s a podcast which brings together our shared strange experience of pausing normalcy, and several themes I’ve talked about before, and makes something of them. You don’t have to have listened to anything else I’ve posted for it
Hello friends – here’s a brand new episode of – Hard Truth and a Big Hug – today I’m talking about what we care most about, what we pay attention to – and what gets ignored and begins to wither away, when
Tradesmen must not (top photo) Let me begin by saying the sort of discrimination and mentality indicated by the sign above is not my idea of excellent at all – except – by the time I grew familiar with this sign –
It’s all about the flight-hours (top photo) I think “How to do anything” is one of the best short things I’ve ever written – holds up and has proven useful to many people for many years (and also provoked laughs from a
Hi Folks – firstly, I’d like to wish everyone a funky solstice. Seems like a perfect time for a solstice book sale (special pricing for the chill months of Winter). If you’re curious about the books, and what sort of themes I
I caught a fantastic show at the Art Gallery of Ontario on Friday evening – and until January 05 2020, you can see it also (and if you can make it, you really should). Art students especially will bring much useful treasure
“Paint the town green” (from a story by the author, age 8) Hello friends, grab a coffee – it’s story time! Today I have a full early chapter from my newest book – “The Kind of Friend You Need” – which is
Hello folks, time for me to do another stand-up. I was planning to do some funny (and perhaps in places even inspiring) readings about teaching, but those plans were pre-empted by events. So instead, I have a heavy one for you today
My third book is just about here, and that means it’s time for me to build up some of the complimentary skills that pair well with being creatively relentless. You know how much fun I have playing with the written word for
Laboratory for Rebellion – Gibson House I wrote recently about the founding of York, Upper Canada – present day Toronto, Ontario – and especially the principles of John Graves Simcoe, who insisted slavery be excluded – right from the foundation of Canada.
And years to get this far – junior officers quarters – Fort York (Top photo) This long weekend in early August is one of the sweetest miniature vacations of the summer – and we have had absolutely lovely weather for it. To
Remembering where we came from (click top-photo for high-res pictures) I had an unexpected encounter the other day which boosted my spirits and optimism greatly, and reminded me of an important truth we too often forget – even my curious chums active
DC-3 First practical (reliable, passenger-only profitable) airliner – 1936 – 333 KPH cruise – 2575 KM range NACA cowlings and airfoils, retractable gear, feathering props, blind-flying panel (all new, soon standard) At a certain point, one must admit to being a geek.