Old man disease

Excuse me while I whine. It’s been a bad day. About nine or ten years ago (I’ve forgotten exactly when), while I was having dinner, I started to feel light-headed. I hadn’t had that much wine with my meal! Just to be sure, I pushed my glass away. But...

A Fierce Love

I am in awe of my wife. Cathy’s father, Gord, has dementia. Once a proud man with a great intellect, he is a shell of his former self and prone to wandering. He now lives in a long-term care facility (a.k.a. nursing home) where he is cared for as well as any...

Tap, tap…

Hello? Tap, tap… Are you there? I mean, are you really there? Because, let me tell you, there are days I am totally convinced that I’m talking to myself – that someone listening to me may think I’m schizophrenic and hearing voices or talking to my ‘imaginary...

A love-hate relationship

Today I had to say good-bye to our dog, Griffin. I’ve been surprised by how sad I feel. You see, I never thought I really liked the dog. I could only describe it as a love-hate relationship. We got Griffin when he was about a year old, seven years ago. He...

One hundred days

100 days. That’s how long it’s been since my wife, Cathy, left for her five month sojourn to Africa. That’s how long I’ve been “baching it.” Many friends have asked, “How’s the single life?” Well, let me tell you....

Something out of nothing

I made a New Year’s resolution, probably for the first time in decades. My resolution was to visit my mother more often. She lives about an hour away and I always seem to have an abundance of reasons for not going. Indifference was the real reason and that had...