I'll be honest, I'm on vacation. I'm taking a break. I've been doing well on my scheduled posts, but now I find myself in a car driving through the Rockies with limited access to cell service or wifi. Every now and then, I get an urge to visit the mountains. It's a fantastic way to… Continue reading The Mountains Are Calling
Today, I would like to tell you a story that will either make something better or ruin it for everybody. Buffalo Plaid. The red and black checked pattern has become iconic in North America and is quite a common motif for many pieces of clothing, bedding, and everyday design. We love to associate it with… Continue reading Buffalo Plaid: A Very Brief History
On October 14, 2015, I posted my very first blog post (Blogging 101: What's in my head). In all honesty, I had no idea what I was doing then; in truth there are times when I still don't. I simply knew that I wanted the opportunity to write and this website has given me the… Continue reading Season 2: Happy Birthday CJBuzz!
I've been back in Fort McMurray for nearly three weeks now. I had intended on writing sooner but the weight of re-entry into the city has been more taxing on me than I had originally thought possible. The level of devastation I have seen in the aftermath of the fire has been indescribable. Despite my… Continue reading Epilogue: Life Beyond Re-Entry
It's been 5 days since we've been forced to evacuate from our homes and our city - 5 very long and hard days. Most of us have been watching the news in horror as more pictures come in from the fires still raging up north and what remains of the fire ravaged neighbourhoods we left… Continue reading Tales from the North: We are the City
Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without a good ghost story. Luckily, I had the good fortune of finding one while in Edmonton this past weekend. Burning Bluebeard, written by Jay Torrence and directed by Dave Horak, is a tale unlike any I have seen in recent memory. The creepy part is that the story and… Continue reading Review: Burning Bluebeard
I had thought carefully on whether I would write on this topic. I will admit, I was going to avoid it but after much more thought and several conversations, I decided I should. Remembrance Day is something we Canadians (and other Commonwealth nations) observe every year on November 11th. This day is largely known as… Continue reading What Do We Remember?
A few nights ago, I had the privilege to experience something magical in my current home of Fort McMurray. With our Friday evening free, my wife and I decided to take a performing arts tour around the city being offered by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, known as igNGHT. I will admit, I was… Continue reading Art Will Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
As the days become shorter and gloomier, I am reminded that one of my favourite celebrations is just around the corner. This isn’t just any run-of-the-mill celebration; this is a day where kids get to dress up, knock on doors and get piles of candy. Likewise, it is a day where I get to go… Continue reading Halloween and the Death of Fun
Here we are waking up to a brand new Canada; the Conservatives have slipped from power, the Liberals have taken a surprising majority and the NDP pulled back into third place. After 9+ years, Stephen Harper will no longer be Prime Minister. The country seemed to be craving change and that’s exactly what it got… Continue reading Rant: The Post Election Day Blues