Graveyard Shift

How apropos, posting this on my night shift. The cross has an inscription dating back to the 1850s. Moreover, the person who was lain to rest was born in 1799. I took this photo at a graveyard about 2 km from town. This ancestral land is on a different island from where town is located. … Continue reading

How to Survive the North: Black Flies

From The Weather Network: Black fly larvae can be found in nearly every type of flowing water. Once adulthood is reached, the flies take to the woods or forested areas, which oftentimes takes a bite out of summer camping fun. If you live in Southern Canada, you’ll want to keep your insect repellent on hand … Continue reading

Truth from Movies

I had this guy leave me a voice mail at work so I called him at home and then he e-mailed me to my Blackberry and so I texted to his cell and then he e-mailed me to my home account and the whole thing just got out of control. And I miss the days … Continue reading

Dale Carnegie, Where Have You Been My Whole Life?

I recently finished How to Win Friends & Influence People cover to cover. It had some fantastic insights into the fragile human psyche. In part one, Carnegie talks about the fundamental techniques in handling people and espouses three principles: 1. Don’t criticize, condemn, or complain. 2. Give honest and sincere appreciation. 3. Arouse in the … Continue reading

Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?

Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date, Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimmed, And every … Continue reading

Drivers, Start Your Engines!

The anticipation starts when the engines come to life. I stood at the fences facing the pit. It was an overcast day, but still stifling hot. The indy cars, two at a time took off. A pace car was out in front for the first 2 laps. The sound of 26 race cars going by … Continue reading

Crossing off Items on the Bucket List

I can now say that I’ve been on television. I was fortunate enough to be an audience member during a taping of Rapcity last night. I went to support a friend of a friend who was in a freestyle competition. It was an interesting experience. Not sure if anyone could see me on television — … Continue reading

School’s Out Indefinitely

This is the first time in 20 years that I will not be returning to school in the fall. A part of me is really happy to start contributing to society and get paid for it. Let me tell you how awful it is to work 60 hours a week and not get a penny … Continue reading

Home, Sweet, Home

Girls in heels, over-sized sunglasses, and floral sundresses. Smoggy humid air. Unruly cabbies and cyclists. Yes, this is home. Re-adjusting to urban life hasn’t be easy. I’m still getting use to having a cell phone again. And I’m thinking about the accumulating interest my student loan is gaining. Gives me a headache, really. But I … Continue reading

So long, and Thanks for All the Fish

What a journey these past two months have been. I still have many more stories to share, but they will have to wait until I return home “down south.” I’ve learned a tremendous amount while I’ve been nursing in this rural community. And I’ve seen a multitude of cases — sometimes tragic, others joyful. Overall, … Continue reading