saying no

saying no

Saying no is a forgotten art in our society and saying yes seems to come and go with our moods. We love the perpetual maybe, probably because it gives us the illusion of doing something when in fact it is the worst linguistic trap there is. Maybe is nothing more than...
home for a rest

home for a rest

Inevitably, when you chase your dreams, live your life and engage yourself with the world, at some point you’ll need to come home for a rest. You can’t keep up your excited pace all the time, and so part of getting there means slowing down and tuning out for a while....
weekend quotable no. 177

weekend quotable no. 177

People create stories create people; or rather stories create people create stories. Chinua Achebe   One thing is for sure everyone is a story teller. What remains to be seen is the kind of story you’re going to tell, and the type of stories you listen to all the...
weekend quotable no. 176

weekend quotable no. 176

We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents Bob Ross   We have to learn to frame the language we use when things don’t go well for us. We have to resist seeing it as failure and instead insist that it is simply a happy accident. It sure won’t feel happy...
parking lot

parking lot

I’m in the parking lot again. Drove one hour west and now I sit there waiting for Starbucks to open. Why do I do this? Why not get an extra hour of sleep? Why not find a job that is closer to home? Why all these questions at five o’clock in the morning? I’m extremely...
a drummer

a drummer

Time is a magical and the strangest thing. It is very predictable. There are sixty seconds in a minute, sixty minutes in an hour and there are twenty four hours. Days turn to weeks, weeks, turn to months, and months turn to years. Yet time is most unpredictable...
about a story

about a story

I want to talk to you about a story. Silver Dollar Let’s begin with this silver Canadian dollar. A dollar is a dollar they say, but ever wonder what it is really worth? Everything. This dollar was given to me by my father and means everything to me. We arrived in...
there is always something

there is always something

There is always something. It never stops. Something get to. Something to get at and something to accomplish. It doesn’t seem to end and our lives resemble a long train of one thing after another after another. It can get frustrating at times because we can never...
fluidity

fluidity

The whole universe and our lives are in a perpetual fluidity but often we don’t like to go with the flow. Going with the flow means that we let go of what we know or think we know and take each moment as it comes, doing the best that we can with what we’ve got. ...
weekend quotable no. 175

weekend quotable no. 175

The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size. Gertrude S. Wister   Winter can be cold and harsh, long and drawn out, and so can various pockets of time in our life. Life is not easy but it is...
weekend quotable no. 174

weekend quotable no. 174

A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. John Burroughs   You have to take ownership of your life. All of it. The good, the bad, the memorable and the forgettable. Chasing your dreams requires a very deep honesty...
dreams are not a thing

dreams are not a thing

We often mistake dreams and happiness for something that is tangible. Something we can hold in our hand, count, point to and put on display. We mistakenly live our lives thinking we can do happiness or that happiness can be done to us when happiness and the fulfilment...
sometimes your worst will do

sometimes your worst will do

Sometimes your worst will do and your most abhorrent effort is good enough. That’s because giving up and not following through is far worse. You can’t edit an unwritten page. You cannot season un unprepared dish, as much as you can’t fix an untried finger technique...
fairytales

fairytales

When we were little kids we loved and believed in fairytales. We loved to hear about beautiful princesses and charming princes, about giants, dragons, and worlds overbrimming with magic. It was a wonderful time in our lives and oh how I wish we could all return to it....
weekend quotable no. 173

weekend quotable no. 173

Be careful who you call your friends. I’d rather have four quarters than one hundred pennies Al Capone   Be very careful of the company you keep and who you call a friend. It’s very easy to throw the word around and make it utterly meaningless. But offering...
lansing, michigan

lansing, michigan

I am writing this from Lancing, Michigan, six or seven hours away from my little home town in Canada. I’m on a mini tour, managing a Polish Canadian Hip Hop artist and I am asking myself how I got here? How does a forty six year old father of two, a teacher of twenty...
do what you can

do what you can

Do what you can not what you want and sometimes magically the two will be one and the same. It’s simple really. Do what you can, for as long as you can, as much as you can, when you can, and good things will come your way. If you don’t believe me try it sometime....
what is a dream?

what is a dream?

The dreams we have when we’re sleeping are out of our control and we are mere spectators or pawns in their production. But each one of us has dreams while we are awake. We all have a conscious desire to live a meaningful life and it is in that meaning that we dance...
expect to win

expect to win

I’ve been observing the very rare species of life called the teenager for over two decades now and I have learned that very few of them have the tenacity to expect to win. Even the super bright ones, the ones that excel at every subject and master everything they...
forrest for the trees

forrest for the trees

I wake up every morning and come to the same stream looking for more words. I tell myself that the day will come when the stream will be dry and empty but I am greatly mistaken. Each and every morning, without having any idea what to write about, I search myself, I...