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 […]

Whatever Facebook Becomes….

The curtain continues to stay held back on the overall harm Facebook continues to cause. There are mounting stories online of the hell and havoc from people being harassed and defamed online. Rather than being a tool for togetherness, it has become a weapon of worry and a digital missile of misinformation repeatedly exploding on […]

Nobody’s Hero. A Person’s Reality.

Rush’s 1993 album Counterparts quickly became (and still remains) one of my favourite albums in their storied history. It was heavy, and also heartfelt. The song “Nobody’s Hero” is a strong lyrical theme with casted shadows. For me as young high school student it opened a reality into a world I did not see clearly. […]

Copyright Fraud in 4th Grade

It was a popularity contest featuring the three most popular blokes in the grade, not actually competing with each other. Our group of 3 classrooms had two VCR’s. A couple of the popular kids knew how to wire them both up to work together. During movie sessions, they were both given control of the remotes […]