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Bearing witness to fierceness of a blessing kind on a men’s weekend

I feel blessed that I attended a community get-together for men who belong to the ManKind Project Ontario this past weekend. I feel blessed that I can talk to men about the real things in my life—about what scares me, makes me feel crappy, and bewilders me, including what’s going on with the Leafs. I feel blessed that I witnessed a man tearfully disclose a brutal situation in his life to a roomful of men, who then thanked him for showing … [Read More...]

Oh joy! Oh bliss! A resolution-free New Years gift

For this new year, I resolved to make no resolutions. I have made no pronouncements of great heights that I will climb or raging seas that I will swim, and declined to dedicate myself to fantastic feats. Make no mistake, however, I have not abandoned my goals of cheating death and singing solo in public, among other things. Rather, I have worked to develop better habits in 2020 that will allow me to stay ahead of father time and sharpen … [Read More...]

Dragging 2019’s learning kicking and screaming into 2020

Here’s a collection of big and little aha's, goofy insights and discoveries that I've taken into 2020 from what I learned in 2019: I will never again pull up to a gas pump in a rental and wonder if the gas tank door is on the left or right. I just need to look for the little arrow beside the gasoline pump icon on the dashboard. Cool!People who eat gluten free are not trying to be annoying on purposeBest quote I read in 2019: … [Read More...]

My most memorable Christmas

The O'Connor gang circa Christmas 1976 or so taken by my father. A happy group, I'd say. A couple of days ago, a friend asked: ‘What’s the most memorable Christmas gift you have ever received or given?’ Instantly, I thought when I was about 14 and my father brought home a boxer puppy late on Christmas Eve, and entrusted me to keep it company and quiet overnight in the basement. There was also the sweater that Sandy knit for me … [Read More...]

‘College boy’ takes a manly risk in the beer store

This blog plunges deeply into the drama of my experience in trying to determine if two cases of 12 Sleeman were the same price as 24, and how my status as a manly man hung in the balance.‘ Oh man. This is confusing. Geez Tim, you should be able to figure this out.’ What was the crisis at the root of this great moment of anxiety? Here’s what: I was standing at the back of the Willow Street Beer Store in Guelph looking down at cases of Sleeman … [Read More...]

A ‘mistake’ makes a sad day more sad

How sad ... on a day when Canadians should come together to honour our war dead, Don Cherry's words and firing breed more diviseness. Let's work together people. When I listened to the supper-hour CBC Radio News coverage of Remembrance Day on Monday, it seemed even sadder than usual. It’s always sobering to consider the trauma that Canadian soldiers have suffered in wars around the world in standing up for our country and our values. I felt … [Read More...]

Does failing to deliver on my commitments mean I’m an unconscious jerk?

Can you say you're going to do something ... and then NOT do it ... and still be in integrity? You might be surprised. Is God so powerful that he could make a rock so big that even he couldn’t lift … [Read More...]

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