West Island Blog

West Island Blog

The following articles have been published in the West Island Blog at www.westislandblog.com.
My column is called: Keeping it Real

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Published on May 21, 2019
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Published on May 7, 2019
Published on November 9, 2015

Home Plate

Home Plate

RUN HOME! RUN HOME!!!! 
As the story goes, he was up at bat and struck the ball so hard that it went sailing way out into the outfield. Above all the little heads on the opposing team. It was definitely a home run. Just then the parents and coaches started to scream at him to “RUN HOME! RUN HOME!”
He ran his little body to first base and stood there. The parents and coaches kept on screaming at him to “RUN HOME! RUN HOME!” 

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Published on November 23, 2015
Published on October 24, 2014

High 5 Baby!

High 5 Baby!

5 bucks gets you a small meal.  5 bucks will get you some place, not too far. 5 bucks will get you a beer. 5 minutes will let you snooze.  5 minutes late gives you a grace period.  5 minutes early gives you a moment to relax.  Dinner for 5 might get you a round table. I’ll call you back in 5 minutes is polite.  A 5 minute hug is priceless!

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Published on October 12, 2015

iKnow… iThink?

iKnow… iThink?

At a recent dinner, I noticed that the dining table surface suddenly included many cellular phones.  Each dinner guest placed their cell phone next to their cutlery.  During the dinner, these cell phones received frequent glances and for some, the messaging was constant.  The questions to iSelf were, “Who are these virtual guests at our dining table? Who is communication with you? Why is this happening, now?”

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Published on March 25, 2019
Published on May 23, 2016
Published on February 20, 2015
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Published on March 11, 2019
Published on May 16, 2016
Published on March 20, 2015
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Published on February 25, 2019
Published on January 28, 2018
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Published on February 11, 2019
Published on February 11, 2018
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Published on January 28, 2019
Published on January 14, 2018
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Published on January 14, 2019
Published on December 31, 2017

Give an Egg, Get an Egg

Give an Egg, Get an Egg

At dinner that night, my father asked us what we were going to do to give back to the world. He stated that today was filled with blessings. So, what was our plan to give back? I wasn’t sure. I told him I was going to think about it. A few days passed and I thought about a way to give back. It was called, “Give an egg. Sell an egg.” I heard of kids doing this so I thought I would give it a try. This is how it works…

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Published on December 31, 2018
Published on December 17, 2017

Who Makes Your Rules?

Who Makes Your Rules?
My personal rules are meant to be broken.  I will live by the rules and laws of our land, but that’s where it ends.  Am I unruly?  Sometimes I am.  As long as I don’t hurt anyone or anything, I’m ok. I’m not a rule maker.  I’m more a rule questioner.  I wonder why people make up so many more rules which are self-imposed.
Why take the open box you are given and close it on so many sides?
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Published on December 3, 2018
Published on December 3, 2017
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Published on November 19, 2018
Published on November 19, 2017

The Superhero in You

The Superhero in You

When presented with a glass which is half filled with water, I’m asked, “Is this glass half full or half empty?”  For me, it’s neither.  I see the glass entirely full to the top!  The glass is filled with water and air, both which are required for life.  If the water is clean to drink, and the air is clean to breathe, and the glass is clean to drink from, the glass is wonderfully full of hope!

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Published on November 5, 2018
Published on November 5, 2017
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Published on October 8, 2018
Published on October 15, 2015

See Beyond the Sight

See Beyond the Sight

At the end of one of my creative writing workshops, a student got up from her chair, stretched and said, “Ahhhhhh! That felt like I was meditating!” Her comment took me by surprise! Students say many things to me after a class or workshop. Mostly, they ask questions about the course materials and content. This was the first time a student compared a creative writing workshop to meditation.

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Published on September 27, 2018
Published on October 8, 2017
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Published on September 13, 2018
Published on September 10, 2017
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Published on August 27, 2018
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Published on August 13, 2018
Published on August 6, 2017
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Published on July 30, 2018
Published on September 24, 2017