Love Is Like Oxygen

The Sweet, a British glam rock band, was popular in the 1970s with such hits as “The Ballroom Blitz” (1973) and “Fox on the Run” (1975). I remember those playing at high school dances. And I think “The Ballroom Blitz” is also one of the songs often played at Manitoba social evenings (see this post,Continue reading “Love Is Like Oxygen”

Crazy Love

The song “Crazy Love” was a hit single in 1979; the year I began my first full-time job (at the railway), and the year before I’d buy my first car, a silver 1980 Ford Mustang: I bought it for $6,467 in a year when bank car loans were at 16.25% interest, so with interest, theContinue reading “Crazy Love”

Tomorrow Never Knows

In 1976, ex-members of Roxy Music Brian Eno and Phil Manzanera, the latter also formerly of Quiet Sun along with Bill MacCormick, plus Lloyd Watson, Simon Phillips and Francis Monkman formed a side project they called 801. The collaboration took its name from a verse in the Eno song, “The True Wheel” (a fabulous selectionContinue reading “Tomorrow Never Knows”

Comptine d’ un autre été, l’après-midi

Soon after our first grandchild was born, Sweety and I travelled to London, England to meet him. We figured we’d spend a few weeks cooking for and helping the parents as this was their first child. But they were doing so well that we decided to take a five-day trip to Paris, France in theContinue reading “Comptine d’ un autre été, l’après-midi”

Goodnight

The Canadian-American-Indigenous singer, songwriter, educator, visual artist and social activist Buffy Sainte-Marie released the album Coincidence and Likely Stories in 1992. I can always remember this woman having a strong presence in Canadian and American creative media. She has also been a dedicated activist and influential voice for the Indigenous peoples of North America. IContinue reading “Goodnight”

Wordy Rappinghood

Every time our boys come over, we have lovely, fun, serious conversations and often recount memories of their childhood and youth. They’re such great guys, and while it’s rare for us to be able to have all four of our boys (and partners, where applicable) together at the same time, it happens once every twoContinue reading “Wordy Rappinghood”

Age of Steam

From 1979 to 1999 (with a few years out of the paid workforce to stay at home full-time caring for my sons from 1993 to 1996), I worked at a railway. I was mostly in office work, then management, but in the late 90s when I returned, administrative positions were disappearing to cutbacks, and IContinue reading “Age of Steam”