Many of us go through life complaining that we didn’t get the breaks, were born on the wrong side of the tracks or we spend too much time making excuses of one kind or another for our failure to stretch, reach or set the bar higher. Though this column “Suck it up Buttercup” I’ll try […]

Keep Calm

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Keep Calm

I was in Fredericton yesterday and to my surprise I had an opportunity to experience of using a roundabout in a residential area.  There was no opportunity here to ignore a STOP sign, you had no choice, you had to slow down and go around the roundabout. What do you suppose this approach to driving […]

Friendly Town

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Friendly Town

Friendly Town It was a cool November morning the sun was high and bouncing its rays off of what appeared to be a glass covered river foot traffic was light the light of the sun gave old buildings built in 1878 a look of new life .. it was beginning of the day a day […]

A wife comes home late at night and quietly opens the door to her bedroom.  From under the blanket she sees four legs instead of two.  She reaches for a nearby emergency  baseball bat behind the door and starts hitting the blanket as hard as she can resulting in screams and cries from beneath the covers. […]

War Weary

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War Weary She was a veteran of a war she was asked by a student if there’s a possibility of getting war weary even if you’ve never gone to a war.. the Sergeant stood in front of the class full dress uniform medals blazing in the classroom light black military shoes polished to a very […]

Why Some Daddies And Husbands Never Tell ( For Remembrance Day &Veterans Day 2015 They are old enough to ask but then they wonder wonder why all of a sudden that far away blank stare and a small tear begins to form in the corner of your eye.. it’s difficult to explain to paint a […]

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Airborne approximately thirty minutes on an outbound evening flight from Dublin, the lead flight attendant for the Aer Lingus cabin crew nervously made the following painful announcement: “Ladies and gentlemen, I’m so very sorry, but it appears that there has been a terrible mix-up, just minutes prior to takeoff, by our airport catering service. I […]

On Thursday, November 5, 2015, at 12 o’clock noon, residents of the greater Saint John area are invited to remember the 75th anniversary of the sinking of HMS Jervis Bay and the loss of most of here 256 member crew. Only 65 crew survived, and 31 of the crew were from various parts of Canada, […]

Coffee A Stool& A Cigarette It was raining but only enough to be bothersome he had enough sense to come in out of the rain but decided against it.. he sat on the wooden stool on the wet porch with coffee and cigarette in hand under the dark clouds he decided to watch the paper […]

Away He Flew

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Away He Flew Today he saddled the early morning moon though not everyone’s naked eye could see it he played up with the stars then took an exquisite stroll among the clouds decided to lasso the sun to make the rivers glow his heart scaled the highest mountain peaks though it was a bitter cold […]

Our Canary in the Coalmine
Our Canary in the Coalmine

We’ve all heard the expression “trickle down economics” . The theory is that if folks and businesses are doing well at the top the benefits will trickle down to the bottom. If so does that mean since Saint John now has the dubious distinction of having the highest level of child poverty in Canada that […]

 October 22, 2015: The Trouble With Chicken
 October 21, 2015: Monsanto Stunned – California Confirms ‘Roundup’ Will Be Labeled “Cancer Causing”
 October 18, 2015: Monsanto faces growing troubles in India
 October 15, 2015: YMCA seeks outstanding individuals for the 2016 Red Triangle & Leader to Watch Awards
 October 15, 2015: The Cumberland Files – Part Two
 October 11, 2015: The Trouble With Chicken
 October 10, 2015: Best Marijuana Documentary you will ever watch!
 October 10, 2015: Monsanto Fights Back Against Cancer Lawsuits
 September 27, 2015: Saint John Lifeline
 September 23, 2015: The Beatings Will Continue……..
 September 21, 2015: A Rocky Road for Roundup
 September 21, 2015: Has GM Learned it’s Lesson?
 September 21, 2015: Small Business Profile – The Pub Down Under
 September 16, 2015: Irving lost mining battle, but history says Canadian corporate giant will not give up
 September 14, 2015: Monsanto Guilty of Chemical Poisoning
 September 13, 2015: Trade Agreements?
 September 3, 2014: Progress Magazine
 September 2, 2014: Bay of Fundy FORCE study looking at tidal power turbine potential
 September 1, 2014: Irving rail terminal smell driving woman out of her home
A Moment of Reflection On A Friendship

A Moment of Reflection On A Friendship My lifelong friend whom I haven’t seen for many years haven’t even spoken too by phone he weights heavy in my daily life he was my teacher in ways he’d never understand a mentor as well as a dear long time friend he would give me a strange […]

 October 23, 2015: The Curious Case of Vitamins and Me
 October 23, 2015: Herb’s Dream
 October 22, 2015: YMCA Grand Opening this Saturday
 October 22, 2015: When I Get Older
 October 20, 2015: Saint John Regional Y to Celebrate Grand Opening
 October 19, 2015: Long Isn’t Long Enough
 October 19, 2015: Praying for a Minority Government
 October 18, 2015: Trail Of Dust
 October 18, 2015: What’s the Difference Between an Income Trust and Mis-Trust?
 October 17, 2015: In A Peaceful Apple Orchard
 October 16, 2015: Diamond In The Rough
 October 16, 2015: Letter to the Editor – Jews and Muslims
 October 15, 2015: To Prison or Not To Prison
 October 14, 2015: Shhhhhhhhh…. Don’t tell Harper
 October 14, 2015: Harper on the use of the word “Infinite”
 October 13, 2015: A Thanksgiving Message 2015
 October 13, 2015: Your Morning Smile – Thanksgiving
 October 10, 2015: “Roll Em”
Your Morning Smile – It Depends
Your Morning Smile – It Depends


 November 6, 2015: Your Morning Smile – Magic
 November 1, 2015: Your Morning Smile – Halloween
 October 31, 2015: Your Morning Smile – Limited Vocabulary
 October 30, 2015: Your Morning Smile – WiFi
 October 29, 2015: Your Morning Smile – Life Span
 October 28, 2015: Your Morning Smile – Clean Sweep?
 October 25, 2015: Your Morning Smile – Just Asking?
 October 24, 2015: Your Morning Smile – The Cowboy
 October 22, 2015: Yer Mornin Smile – Duck Hunting
 October 21, 2015: Your Morning Smile – Know Your Client
 October 20, 2015: Your Morning Smile – Lemon Picker
 October 19, 2015: Your Morning Smile – Trust Me
 October 18, 2015: Your Morning Smile – Guessing Game
 October 17, 2015: Your Morning Smile – Gun Permit
 October 16, 2015: Your Morning Smile – Save the World
 October 15, 2015: Your Morning Smile – Twinkies and Mary Jane
 October 11, 2015: Your Morning Smile – Shocked in Detroit
 October 10, 2015: 
 October 8, 2015: Your Morning Smile – Selling Politics
So What!!

So What!! So what if you don’t like me, so what.. so what, I still like me.. so what if I’m not the brightest bulb in the closet I can still light up a room still alleviate someone else’s gloom so so what, so what.. so what if you think you can beat me up […]

 October 8, 2015: Sea Belles’ Dinner and Auction
 October 4, 2015: Hello Long-johns Where Are You Hidden
 October 3, 2015: You’re Either Sailing or Sinking
 October 2, 2015: Imagine
 October 2, 2015: The Part That Nobody Ever Talks About
 October 1, 2015: A Moment Alone In The Rain
 September 30, 2015: Suck it up Buttercup – Repost
 September 30, 2015: Taxing Times
 September 30, 2015: Can’t Make Miracles
 September 29, 2015: A Darker Case Of The Blues
 September 25, 2015: Misguided Canadian Monarchy?
 September 25, 2015: YMCA Newcomer Connections to Host Information Session on Refugee Support
 September 25, 2015: Disjointed “ Until We Kiss It All Goodbye “ Part II
 September 23, 2015: Until We Kiss It All Goodbye
 September 22, 2015: 
 September 21, 2015: Somewhere In The New, New Orleans
 September 20, 2015: Duck Family Rescue
 September 19, 2015: Please Hold My Hand
 September 17, 2015: He Sees It In Their Eyes
 October 5, 2015: We Can’t Afford Either
 September 19, 2015: Your Morning Smile – What has Changed in 2000 Years?
 September 16, 2015: No Reading Between the Lines
 September 14, 2015: Your Morning Smile – Early Thanksgiving
 September 13, 2015: Did you ever Wonder Why?
 September 12, 2015: Inside a School for Suicide Bombers
 September 4, 2014: David Coon pledges to cancel forestry deals, hike corporate tax
 September 4, 2014: Brian Gallant suspends Liberal candidate after fraud charges arise
 September 3, 2014: Free Ride?
 September 2, 2014: Brian Gallant’s Liberals hold wide lead in new CRA poll
 September 2, 2014: NB Election 2014 – Charles Thériault
 September 2, 2014: The War to End All Wars?
 September 1, 2014: Snowden – The Most Wanted Man in the World
 September 1, 2014: Renaissance or Resuscitation?
 August 31, 2014: Liberals hold big lead in New Brunswick election: poll
 August 26, 2014: A Steak On Every Plate.
 August 25, 2014: Charles Thériault – Election 2014
 August 25, 2014: Omelettes or Stale Bread?
 August 23, 2014: 2014 Provincial Election Campaign Ad
Oldies But……Goldies
Oldies But……Goldies

  The following is my interview with Jon McQueen following this year’s Dragon Boat races at Renforth So Jon, how did you do in the Renforth Dragon Boat Festival? Hollis Wealth,s Balding White Tops prevailed again. Named after our name sake the American’s Emblem. Really? Was it an easy win! Tell us? No! We began […]

 July 15, 2014: Oscar Pistorius in Johannesburg Nightclub Brawl Over Reeva Steenkamp
 July 9, 2014: Touch – Jean-Baptiste Chandelier
 July 9, 2014: World Cup 2014: Brazil’s meltdown caught us by surprise
 June 2, 2014: Secretariat Heart Of A Champion
 May 30, 2014: So you THINK you can Write?
 May 4, 2014: NBA To Appoint CEO For L.A. Clippers
 April 30, 2014: Donald Sterling incident shows the dark side of the NBA’s owner-player relationship
 April 20, 2014: Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dead at 76
 February 23, 2014: Gold Rush: Russia tops final Sochi 2014 medal count
 February 21, 2014: Marielle Thompson, Kelsey Serwa win gold, silver in ski cross
 February 20, 2014: Canada’s women defend Olympic hockey gold in OT thriller (VIDEO)
 February 20, 2014: Finnished! Russian Hockey Team Bounced Out Of Olympics
 February 8, 2014: Alleged Olympic vote-swapping deal would keep Canada from gold
 February 6, 2014: George Zimmerman to fight rapper DMX
 February 6, 2014: Sochi – FREESTYLE SKIING
 February 6, 2014: Threat of Explosives on Planes into Russia
 January 21, 2014: Sochi still scrambling to sell Olympic tickets
 January 20, 2014: Putin on Sochi: I would very much like sports not to be marred by politics
 January 19, 2014: Following the Olympic Torch (RT Documentary)