Without Leukemia

“Note to Self”: A podcast that revived my love of podcasts

I've been listening to podcasts for a "long" time. I remember, back in 2004 or so, walking to work at the Home Depot, listening to IT Conversations, and discovering such interesting and brilliant people as Clay Shirky, and Lawrence Lessig, among others. Indeed, IT Conversations was my TED, before I knew anything about TED. In that period, of the...

An open letter to Postach.io

Hey Postach.io, You and I have been blogging together for a while now. It’s been exciting; I can’t deny that. I was all over your Premium service when you introduced it in 2014, and even got a t-shirt. I wear it all the time. I stuck with you through the “new billing model" crisis of early 2015, even though it gave me pause. I still had great h...

Getting my hands dirty

You may notice that I haven't posted much since the snow melted (I can’t even remember when that was now). I've been spending a lot of time this spring and summer working in our yard, which is something I missed in the four years I lived in an apartment. It’s very satisfying being able to do physical work, and to see tangible results. It’s also ...

On making choices, especially the hard ones

I don’t think I’ve ever made it a secret that I tend towards indecisiveness, that I often find myself being distracted by new and shiny ideas, but rarely make significant progress on anything in particular. As 2015 progresses, I’ve been thinking more about the choices I make – the choices of how I spend my time and what I focus on – and what t...

When it comes to Winnipeg politics, don’t get your hopes up.

I was excited for the last civic election in Winnipeg. I was looking forward to moving on from the dark years of former mayor, Sam Katz. I’ll admit, I was a little disappointed when Brian Bowman was elected (not to mention my councillor, Scott Gillingham). I was looking forward to having a voice in the mayor’s office that was a little more “left...

The Humanist Book Club

It’s the new year and, while I haven’t made any resolutions, per se, one thing I am trying to accomplish is to be more purposeful in my choices of how I spend my time. I want to get out, be involved in groups and activities, but ones that are energizing and rewarding for me. I often don’t feel like I have very large reserves of mental or physica...

Embracing the writing life, and the life of writing

I came late to writing, both as an ostensible vocation, and also as a activity, something you do “just because". Don’t get me wrong, throughout school I wrote, and wrote well. I was often praised for the quality of my writing – from my piece on Ronald Regan in Grade 3 (um…don’t ask…) all the way through essays about the works of Timothy Findley ...

Fair Vote Crunch Time

I think Canada’s electoral system is broken. I think it unfairly privileges the two major parties (and when the Liberals make a mess of themselves, that includes the NDP). It shuts out important debate and discussion, and marginalizes some of Canada’s greatest politicians, including Elizabeth May of the Green Party. I think it leaves most Cana...

Remembering, telling and sharing stories of illness with Evernote and Postach.io

One inescapable truth of my life is that I have survived leukemia. Twice, actually. I was originally diagnosed in 2001 when I was in my late twenties. Then I was treated with the standard regimen of high-dose chemotherapy in hospital followed by three years of what is politely called “maintenance treatment." In 2009, however, I relapsed and und...

The Catcher in the Rye and thoughts on first-person narration

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve just finished reading The Catcher in the Rye. I may have read it in high school, but I can’t remember. I watched the documentary, Salinger, on Netflix and as I watched, and listened to all the interviewees discussing the book, nothing they were saying stirred any memory of a book I might have read. Given t...