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Articles by Brad Dale
Exercising my right to speak

Exercising my right to speak

“When I talk to the cat, we don’t have long conversations.” My wife: “We??” “Sometimes I can’t get a word in edgewise.” She thinks I might be losing it, and that’s a distinct possibility, given that I’ve worked from my dining table for most of the past year or was it...

Waste knot, want knot …

Waste knot, want knot …

I am not a hoarder. I want to make that perfectly clear, before anyone gets an image of stacks of old newspapers piled high in the basement, or a room full of dollar store impulse buys that I may someday be forced to part with after my kids get a court order. But I do...

Triggered by something in your pasta

Triggered by something in your pasta

I sometimes make my wife cry. Something wells up inside her and I see the lower lip quiver, the eyes beginning to moisten. She fans her face as the tears threaten to flow. “Sorry. I’m emotional about spaghetti.” “I assumed it was the garlic,” I replied. It was the...

Rust is evil

Rust is evil

I hate rust. It triggers me. When I pull up behind a car at an intersection or while parking, and I see rust on the trunk lid, I involuntarily shudder. I’m a little queasy right now just thinking about it. Rust brings back memories of despair. The old days of putting...

Spring cleaning becomes a mission

Spring cleaning becomes a mission

Once a year, I try to get my act together. Enough is enough. The centre cannot hold. Status quo is just not sustainable and serious thoughts need to be thunk, profound depths need to be explored. Life changes must happen before it’s too late. Yes, I try to clean up...

Oh crap! Some prose about the old commode

Oh crap! Some prose about the old commode

It’s funny what photos remain when people are long gone. My late, older brother captured this moment in the life of my late father. It may seem normal now to have dozens of recent photos on your phone of seemingly random events, but will they still be on your phone 50...