Sept 16, 2021 Playing For Change

The drummer’s smile was infectious. His presence lit up the TV screen as he sat at his drum kit. Ringo Star looked at the camera and cracked wisely, “What key is it, Robbie?” He laughed and spoke again, “F, demented.” His smile grew wider as the screen went blank. Robbie Robertson beamed as the camera lit his face and he began strumming his guitar in Los Angeles, California.  The scene shifted to Marcus King standing at a microphone in Greenville, Read more…

Sept 15, 2021 Snowbee The Cat

Snowbee sniffed the air. She could smell him. At least she thought it was a him. Her fur stood on end and her nerves were sharp as the claws on her feet. She remembered the smell from a couple of weeks earlier.  It was that little bear cub. He was back. What was he doing in her neighbourhood again?  The little white cat looked around, the light was fading but she wanted to know. She wasn’t sure what to think Read more…

Sept 12, 2021 Relief and Sadness.

Weak, I felt so weak. My head pounded, cold sweats soaked my skin. Only hours earlier I felt fine, a bit tired but fine. My back ached but that was nothing new. Was it the pain killer and muscle relaxant combined with a puff and a beer?  Couldn’t be, could it? The inevitable question arose. Was it covid? I have two vaccine shots, it couldn’t be the dreaded virus, could it? Man, every time anyone gets sick the inevitable questions Read more…

Sept 11, 2021

My phone rang, it was my girlfriend. What could she want? Did I forget something at home? It was 11:15, I just got back to my office and it was just another Tuesday like any other workday.  When I heard her voice on the line I knew it would not be another day at work. “Do you have a TV? I can’t believe it! Someone flew a plane into the World Trade Center! I, uh… I can’t believe it, where Read more…

September 6, 2021 Labour Day

It was Labour Day today. A day that celebrates the working man. I know that it is for the working woman as well, but when it first was celebrated in 1894, working women didn’t exist in the minds of those that created it.  In the last 127 years, we have come a long way.  Back in the latter part of the eighteenth-century workers were very much oppressed by their employers. Women even more than men. The labour movement began its Read more…

Sept 4, 2021, Connection On The Waves

We set out from the Eldorado Hotel dock with a north breeze at our back. My excited group of adventurers sat in the bow of our pontoon boat and got comfortable for their two-hour journey on the waters of Okanagan Lake. It was one of the last tours of the summer of 2021, Labour day weekend unofficially signals the end of summer in our beautiful valley. There may be more warm days ahead but most people have resigned themselves that Read more…

September 1, 2021, Protest

The crowd below Mia milled about holding signs, chanting slogans, and blocking traffic. The fourty-five-year-old nurse felt her nails dig into her flesh as she stood there staring out the window. She felt emotions tumble through her. What did those people think they were accomplishing? Why were they targeting the hospital? Mia wished they would just go home, she just wanted them to go away. Mia could hardly believe it when she heard about the planned protest outside Kelowna General Read more…