This is my friend and soul mate Nicholas, a man who is more of a character than the puppets he brings to life.
From the moment of our first meeting, Nicholas and I have been kindred spirits, finishing each other’s sentences, flubbing each other’s jokes. When Nicholas embraces you into his heart, you know that you are loved and that you will never have to face any challenge alone.
Make the effort to meet the many faces of Nicholas and experience the true definition of kindness.
I’d like you to meet my friend Derek (the tall one), although the word “friend” seems too small, while buddy, pal and fellow-reprobate don’t quite fit either.
Although Derek and I have no blood ties, he is easily a brother to me, a constant companion for the last 20 years or so; a man who enjoys a good laugh, a quick pint (or several) and a jovial nod and wink.
If you ever get the chance, come say hello to Derek and see how quickly he invites you to the perpetual party that is his life.
(Part Seven of my 12 Days of Gratitude…because the rest of the news sucks)
If you want to see the face of love, then you merely have to see my friend Lisa (the one who doesn’t need Rogaine).
A high-energy spitfire who gives of her time and her heart without a second thought, Lisa somehow manages to care for everyone she knows while still having a blast herself. And for her compact size, she has a laugh that fills a room and your soul.
To watch the glimmer in her eyes and feel the warmth of her smile is to know you are in the presence of a great spirit.
(Part Five of my 12 Days of Gratitude…because the rest of the news sucks)
At 134 years old, the grand lady is starting to seriously show her age. She struggles every year to keep up with a population that is increasingly more comfortable keeping its head in a Blackberry or iPad.
She’s creaky. She’s doddering. She smells funny. But she’s ours, and I think we’ll keep her for a few more years yet.
Here are some of the people who agree with me.
A game barker patiently awaits the first suckers
Dad focuses intently as the family looks on
The smiles show who’s having fun
In the bkgd, you can just make out Toronto’s CN Tower
Straighter hair: The upside of down
Two minutes in the park and we’re consulting the maps
Apparently, some of us handle sudden drops better than others
Young or old, no one ever gets enough of the slide
PS If you want to learn more about old things Canadian, check out this great blog Bite Size Canada by T.K. Morin
Have you ever taken your camera out for a stroll and accidentally come upon a party? Well, it happened to me while wandering The Mall in Washington, DC, approaching the Washington Monument.
What started as a couple of kites fluttering through the sky on a sunny, windy day quickly degenerated into a morass of people all trying to get kites into the air, lines crossing and wrapping around tree limbs. Kids practically being lifted off the ground by kites much too large.
It was as though a rainbow had exploded and rained down on the people below. Chaotic, but definitely spirit-lifting.
A few lone sentinels hung in the sky, monitoring my every move
Like a medieval fair, the pennants blew in the breeze to herald the kite festival
Mom prepares her daughter, and the kite, to take flight
Our own Game of Thrones superstar prepares to release the dragon
Short shorts goes for the long throw to get some air
Mom prepares to throw her cares to the breeze
That more kites had not become entangled in the scaffolding around the Washington Monument was amazing
Charlie Brown lives as this tree shows his true feelings about kites
Mother, Nehiyaw, Metis, & Itisahwâkan - career communicator. This is my collection of opinions, stories, and the occasional rise to, or fall from, challenge. In other words, it's my party, I can fun if I want to. Artwork by aaronpaquette.net