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Yoga: The Hardest Bliss Part 1

I can’t remember which Mixed Martial Arts fighter I’d first heard talk about doing yoga as part of his training, but that’s when the idea of practicing yoga started to intrigue me. The fighter explained that yoga had helped immensely with injury prevention, balance, and breathing techniques. These are things that, as I age, I would like to improve upon. Then I heard an interview with a recent veteran of Afghanistan who discussed […]

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What I’ve Been Up To

It’s been a while since I posted and for that I do apologize. So here is a rundown of the events since I last was here:   I have a new schedule at work. (Really, John? This is what you’re going to lead with? I hope everyone just had some coffee.) This is kind of a big deal for me because my life is fairly routinized and I’ve had the same […]

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Nerdaphobia

My game guide lay open on the dining room table. This is where I like to conduct my “research.” I pore over the tome, reading glasses perched on my nose, gleaning the wonders and bounty of the Wasteland. Cue the record needle being scratched across the vinyl. Maureen: You wanna move your nerd shit so I can read the paper? I shake my head sadly and make space for the […]

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Fallout 4, Baby!

  The following is a transcript of a phone conversation between my wife and me a few days ago: Me: Honey, I have some really good news. Maureen: Is this really good news or is it something about a video game? A long pause. Me: The second one.

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Like a Boss

This is a picture of Pierre Elliot Trudeau. He was the Prime Minister of Canada from 1968-1979 and 1980-1984, and was the father of our newly elected Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. I love this picture because it goes against the more conventional view of a Canadian. Not all of us are reserved and understated. Some of us have a bit of swagger.

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Witchy Woman

  Halloween . . . the one night of the year my wife can just be herself. And for those of you who think I’m being hyperbolic, I present to you: Exhibit A: My Wife Scares Me Exhibit B: Last night my witch wife went out trick-or-treating with her sister and nephews while I was at work. She “forgot” to bring home even one piece of candy even though she knows how […]

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Digging a Hole

Remember her? That’s Petra Laszlo, the 40-year-old Hungarian camerawoman who was captured on video kicking a 10-year-old Syrian refugee and tripping a Syrian father who had a child in his arms. Well, now she’s suing Facebook and the man she tripped. Why? you might ask. According to Laszlo, “Facebook played a major role in my situation.” There’s a Facebook group titled the “Petra Laszlo Shame Wall” that has about 10 000 […]

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An Old-Timey Treasure Chest

    From 1935-1944 the Roosevelt administration took on the largest photography project ever sponsored by the government. The idea behind the project was to provide evidence of success in New Deal initiatives, and then the project was carried on into World War II. The project amassed some 170 000 photographs which have recently been released to the public. You can see the photos on the website Photogrammar; and if […]

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Customer Relations, Canadian Style

About ten seconds after the Toronto Blue Jays made the playoffs, I ordered two t-shirts online from the Jays’ shop.   And then I waited. And I waited some more. And then I became despondent because I feared that my beloved Jays would be knocked out of the playoffs before my new t-shirts arrived. I got the email on Monday saying that they had finally been shipped. The following is the exchange […]

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