Rambling Report Cards

Let me say it right off the top. I never liked school. No matter how much my teachers indicated that I seemed to enjoy it, I never did. The occasions that I did enjoy it, were the moments where I could create and write. My elementary school is in the middle of nowhere off the […]

Pictou County Pizza

Photo by Hannah J. Bennett (Twitter: @hannahbennettNS) The home county has some reputations with food. Many people who have never even been to Pictou County, Nova Scotia have heard of Pictou County’s reputation for almost-perfect pizza. When I worked and lived in Western Canada and tell tales to people about where I was from, some would […]

Rewind and Fast-Forward

Here’s a bit of an older look at my tape collection. It’s been condensed down more significantly. Fortunately I still have a player that works reasonably well. It was an old stereo I had in my old apartment in my hometown of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. Irony is the CD player on it no longer […]

Labour Days – School Daze

A classic Family Circus Cartoon brilliantly captured my feelings around Labour Day as a kid. Going back to school was real labour. I recall it as being a completely miserable time of year for me. Summer was over and the heartache of returning to school completely turned my stomach. I went to grade and high […]

The Simpsons at 500

Many who know me, and many who read my work know that I am not a fan of television. I am loyal to a handful of shows that have made me laugh over the years such as Family  Guy, Kevin Spencer and Cheers. The Simpsons remains my absolute favourite sitcom. It is attached to many […]

Confessions of an Arcade Mall Rat

Eight Quarters, an hour or so of time, an escape. Long before I even started to split my time between the Westside of New Glasgow and Pictou Landing, I was a bona-fide certified nerdified Friday Night Mall Rat. For years I was one of the regulars at the Highland Square Mall’s Arcade. I would usually lose […]

Trenton Nova Scotia at 100

A small Nova Scotia town with a rich history of industry is in the midst of celebrating the centennial anniversary of its’ incorporation. Trenton is adjacent to my birth town of New Glasgow. For a few people on both sides of my family, Trenton is and always will be their hometown. Trenton is host to a coal-fired generating station […]

High School Non-Confidential

The days leading up to mid-June 1997, I was working through a series of mind-frying anxiety attacks, all over a stupid math exam. Somehow I managed to work my way through school without being held back a year. Come 12th grade, I was going to get out one way or the other. From pretty much April […]