Windows 3.1

If you attended school during the late 1980’s and early to mid 1990’s and even took a minute interest in computers, you saw this logo. You used this version of Microsoft Windows. As the information highway revolution was evolving, Internet Explorer became my favoured web browser over Netscape. There were discussions among the high school […]

Hawkwind’s “Vegan Lunch” is an Anthem

Legendary Space-Rock act “Hawkwind” have an ultimate anthem with their track “Vegan Lunch”. It is a peppy, upbeat message of kindness, compassion and conservation. Founder and sole original remaining member Dave Brock is speaking loudly about the need for the world to wake up to the realities of animal cruelty, personal health and climate change. […]

Amelia Bedelia and Literal Humour

My fondness for literal humour has roots. Only recently, those memories were discovered. This book was in my second grade classroom. My eyes read it dozens of times over the course of the school year. The character Amelia Bedelia is in my view one of the most underappreciated in all of literature. My mispronunciation of […]

At Big Al’s – Dann Alexander and Chad Mitchell

Please welcome Chad Mitchell, one of my oldest friends as we co-write a tribute to one of our favourite hometown stores. There were many locally owned stores in our hometown throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, but none of them had the charm and longevity of Big Al’s Convenience in the North end of New Glasgow, […]

The Mob Rules (Still) Rules

In his review, Rolling Stone Magazine’s J.D. Considine wrote “Mob Rules finds the band as dull-witted and flatulent as ever.” With great respect to Mr. Considine, I wondered if he was listening to the wrong album. I don’t hear any gas passing or dull moments on the entire record. The Mob Rules, still rules, forty years […]

The PMRC Campaign

When I tell people I was involved in activism from a young age, they think I am outright full of it. At first. I was sharp enough for my young age to actually understand what was going on. Tipper Gore and her Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) band of do-nothing white-privileged dead oyster necklace wearing […]

Kindergarten Halloween

The first day in Kindergarten that we had a substitute teacher, it was closer to Halloween. We all had an assignment to draw a picture describing what we wanted to be. My plan was to be a ghost. Old bed sheet, eye holes, easy and done. The Charlie Brown and Garfield Halloween specials were my […]