Comets, Prophecies and Legacy

Comets, Prophecies and Legacy

When you openly embrace curiosity and learning, while exploring the world around you, your legacy will find you naturally As most long-time readers probably know, I’m an avid astronomer and astrophotographer. During the last few weeks, I’ve been in astro-heaven, as...
Where has the time gone?

Where has the time gone?

Reflecting on how 2020 has capped two fascinating decades in my life. This July has marked some monumental milestones for me. Bridget and I celebrated 20 years of marriage on July 1, just a few days after our oldest son became old enough to drive. My dad turned 79 the...
What is it that you value?

What is it that you value?

One of the great unexpected and joyous moments of the last 90 or so days of isolation has been watching my youngest son Haydn develop into the exact same avid reader that I was at his age. As isolation dragged on, we became increasingly concerned that he would end up...
Wisdom of a generation

Wisdom of a generation

“It’s always good to remember where you come from and celebrate it. To remember where you come from is part of where you’re going.” – Anthony Burgess I think that April 2020 will likely go down in history as one of the longest, most bizarre...
How History shows us we will be OK.

How History shows us we will be OK.

What a crazy month it has been… One of my strongest childhood memories is from 1984, the year I turned 10 years old. I had spent the weekend obsessively playing a video game on my brand-new Commodore 64 computer, in all of its 8-bit glory. I don’t remember what...
Not all heroes wear capes…

Not all heroes wear capes…

A few days ago, my good friend Zack called to ask if I’d mind doing some babysitting for him. While that may not sound too unusual, it might amuse you to know that Zack is 48 and his son is a teenager, well past the age where he needs supervision. It was, in fact,...
My son and Superman

My son and Superman

How the lessons we teach stick for life This year during the holidays, my wife Bridget and I realized that we have reached a stage where very soon, we are going to be the two shortest people in the house. Our two older sons are now well over six feet tall and soon...
Closing the Cottage

Closing the Cottage

Weathering the seasons of intergenerational cottage transfers, liabilities and the tax man. In the last few weeks, all across our country a great Canadian tradition has occurred — the winterizing of the family cottage. As long-time readers might recall, I grew...