Comic Relief

If I want to laugh, that means staying away from two topics that don’t deserve the time they are getting. The pandemic, and politics. I’m struggling to understand how anyone right now in 2022 can still find humour in anything political. Especially in our own country. Comedy is escapist and sometimes educational art. The news […]

The Legacy of The Simpsons’ Comic Book Guy

You all have likely heard someone speak like this beloved character. “Worst _________ Ever!!!” While watching one of those silly filler holiday movies on Netflix, someone in a scene comes out of a cinema and says “Worst Movie Ever!”. Complete with the tone, and sarcastic wit that has made it into pop culture history. That […]

Ocean’s Eleven. A Happy Heist

So much was going on in the Fall of 2001. Those events don’t need to be summarized here. They are well-etched into the expanding volumes of history. December brought movie-goers some much needed happiness in the pure joy reboot of the 1960 film Ocean’s Eleven. Ocean’s Eleven is full of sharp moments that have not […]

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, […]