Forever Green and Gold

"The choice of colors for the university accepted at this meeting—Green and Gold—are peculiarly adapted for the purpose for which they have been accepted. The choice of this beautiful and at the same time infrequent combination was based on an … [Read more...]

The Boy Who Lived

My first copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is now 17 years old. It is a Bloomsbury 1st edition, second printing, from 1997, and it pre-dates the Raincoast editions published in Canada. It's not worth anything, but for sentimental … [Read more...]

Kid ‘n Play

"Childhood is, or has been, or ought to be, the great original adventure, a tale of privation, courage, constant vigilance, danger, and sometimes calamity." —Michael Chabon, "The Wilderness of Childhood" Inspired by a recent article in the … [Read more...]

Off To The Wild Rumpus

I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can't stop them. They leave me and I love them more. ... What I dread is the isolation.   Thank you for Max. Thank you for the Wild Things. Thank you for telling our story,  Mr. Sendak. … [Read more...]

Levon, My Brother

I’ve been trying to piece together some words about Levon Helm for a couple hours now, and it’s been difficult. His death has hit me pretty hard. I never met the man. I only know what the rest of the world knows about him. And yet it was still a real … [Read more...]

Venn The Lights Go Out

I often have difficulty sleeping at night, as my mind doesn't like shutting off at the same time as my body. So instead of falling into a blissful slumber, I will toss and turn while my brain performs mental gymnastics. Several weeks ago, I was lying … [Read more...]

The Next Episode

“This is just a small introduction to the G Funk Era.” So I’m back. Where to start? Well, there was this guy Andy, who used to write a lot on this thing called the “Internet.” Then he had some personal issues, lost his mojo, and disappeared. You … [Read more...]

Conflict Heats Up In Middle-Earth

Tensions continued to rise today as dwarves, elves and men fight over the treasure of the dead dragon Smaug. Slain by the lake-man Bard, Smaug’s demise has created a geopolitical vacuum that threatens to tear apart the north-East region of … [Read more...]

My Edmonton

"A lump rises in our throat at the sight of beauty from an implicit knowledge that the happiness it hints at is the exception." --Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness I love Edmonton. My mother, who was born and raised in Vancouver, has … [Read more...]

The Last Homely House

“This is the book I write, oh, why'd I let it go so long?” --Spoon “I paused for a moment. It was impossible not to be impressed by the Great Library, and this in a world noted for its superlative structures, setting and depth. Just by way of … [Read more...]