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Chronicles of Duncan MacLeod: The Cure

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:10:04 +0000

In May of 2000 I was in the middle of a diploma program at a small IT college in Halifax, and was preparing to enjoy a long weekend. One of my classmates, Sean, had never been to Cape Breton, which to me would be like living in Egypt and never going to see the pyramids. …


Wed, 06 May 2015 15:18:25 +0000

Over the last few years, my blog posts have been so few and far between that it sometimes feels weird to still call myself a blogger. This is my first post of 2015, and it’s May already. There were only three posts in 2014, three in 2013, and I think five in 2012. It seems …


Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:49:35 +0000

In my dreams I give my younger self advice. When I’m gone, he goes “Wow. Who the hell was that?” and goes on to do all the same stupid things I warned him about. Then I go visit my future self and tell him about all this, and he goes “You came all the way …

The Prestige (Home Edition)

Sat, 06 Sep 2014 06:02:06 +0000

I’m doing some work when Aaron walks up and says “Daddy, do the magic with my ear.” I’m all “What? Your ear?” “Yeah. You know, I can’t find something and you make it come out of my ear. I can’t find Jango Fett.” Oh, crap. See, the ear trick is something I do often. One …

Chronicles of Duncan MacLeod: The Crush

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:10:00 +0000

We’re in Papa’s kitchen. He’s holding court at the little table across from the sink. “I went 28 years without a car,” he says. “I always walked to work. I’d walk to work no matter how bad the weather was. There were days Nana would let me out to go for work but wouldn’t let …

Bee Calm

Wed, 25 Sep 2013 08:24:44 +0000

Last night as we were sitting in the living room watching TV, one of the boys pointed out that there was a bee flying up near the ceiling, bumping into the lights but not doing much else. Oh, I thought, maybe I should try to whack it, or somehow get it to go outside. But …

ABU’s Anything But Understandable

Wed, 10 Apr 2013 09:07:57 +0000

I wrote the following article on 8 April in response to a video released on 3 April by the Anything But Umno (ABU) movement in which its leader, lawyer and activist Haris Ibrahim, warned certain ‘foreigners’ to stay away from the upcoming general election. The warning was not aimed at me — I don’t have …

rakyat / Jordan

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:14:48 +0000

When I started this blog back in 2004, I wasn’t really sure if I would stay here for the rest of my life. It just didn’t feel like home. Sure, I’d been here for less than two years, but I was still adjusting. Being blessed with an understanding wife and a loving family here did …

A Cousin for Christmas

Fri, 07 Dec 2012 05:37:27 +0000

Back in 2009 I got an email from a lady – we’ll call her J –  who was searching for her biological mother. Her story was that she’d been left at an orphanage in Saint John, New Brunswick and adopted when she was eight days old. All she knew about her parents was that her …

Lost and Found and Lost Again

Tue, 19 Jun 2012 14:10:52 +0000

Mystery. It’s one of the best things about genealogy, and also, paradoxically, one of the most frustrating. I was confronted with several mysteries when I set out to learn as much as I could about the MacVay family 22 years ago. Since then I’ve been able to solve many of them. I figured out where …