Kiss – A Reflection on “Revenge”

30 years ago today on May 19, 2022, KISS released the first album after the passing of powerhouse drummer Eric Carr. It marked a sonic directional change with a more raw sound than what was experienced in all of the records post “Creatures of The Night”. It was an interesting time for music with the […]

Gordon Lightfoot – “Solo”

In March of 2020, there was much going on around us all. Through the chaos, there was some beautiful clarity to be found in the music of Gordon Lightfoot. “Solo” is an intimate experience of a master craftsman delivering inspired performances. Gordon Lightfoot remains one of my favourite artists. I cherish the records of his […]

Non Sequitur Writing Exercise

Note taking and note writing does not have to be a series of coherent sentences. Occasionally, I will be writing out the literal first words that come to mind. Reading back many of those sentences out loud creates hilarity. You end up stringing together a series of non sequiturs that could sound ridiculous. So far, […]

New Writing Wisdom

In an effort to overcome self-confidence concerns, learn to understand something about the trade and craft that people do not think. Accept the consequences with what happens. So if your first draft or first sentence works. Accept the consequences. If it needs revision, accept that it needs revision. Good writers learn to encapsulate emotion, encapsulate […]

AC/DC. Rock and Roll Simplicity?

There is beauty in simplicity. AC/DC have been referred to as simplistic. The long-running joke with them has always been that they keep making the same album. The more discerning listener would disagree. Even if the albums all sounded the same, then so what? It’s a formula that has worked well for them. The ride […]

Short Comments on Veganism. February 2022

The first plant-based Covid-19 vaccine now has approval in Canada. Medicago has the capacity to produce millions of vaccine doses per year. While I had hoped it would get approval sooner in order to be able to receive it, it is now approved for those that can. Hopefully, it will be available to pharmacies still […]

Why M.A.S.K. Worked

It was an animated show with a short life. That life was very adventurous. M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) was a strong series that became a regular part of 80’s cartoon viewing. The toy line remains highly sought-after as collectors item. The show worked for all of the typical predictable cartoon reasons. The good people […]