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Thought du Jour by Brad Dale

Turning vegetation into vegetables

Turning vegetation into vegetables

Sitting in a meeting room, trying not to sniffle, I wonder at the wisdom of my choices. Yes, we are living in a time where a slight cough or sneeze can make sphincters tighten around you. This is odd, because airborne illnesses are not really spread that way, though...

Today’s spark of inspiration

Today’s spark of inspiration

The brilliant British comedian and noted history mangler, Eddie Izzard, says that fire was discovered by a man named Jeff. Jeff Fire. While I question Eddie’s knowledge of history (but never her comedy instincts), I like to believe that Jeff was a distant ancestor of...

Memories (…something-something coloured memories)

Memories (…something-something coloured memories)

I’m sitting at my laptop, trying to remember a work contact’s name so I can find the last email I received from him. First name? Last name? Nothing. Who else was copied on that email? I’m picturing the meeting room we met in month’s ago. Who else was in the room? I...

The people you meet …

The people you meet …

When alone in the street... I get around. Work takes me to several provinces and various cities. Hotel rooms are my home away from home, but they soon feel like the home I had before the our current one. Each wall painted the same colour (“functional grey”, as...

Decisions, decisions…

Decisions, decisions…

Life is a series of decisions. The choices you make change over time and are always plentiful. Things we agonized over in our youth seem minor in hindsight. I worried about missing a grocery store shift to see Bruce Springsteen. I should have given more thought to...

Talkin’ Foolishness

Talkin’ Foolishness

My wife and I talk funny. I don’t mean in funny voices. It’s just that our conversations could often be interpreted by others as complete nonsense. We were watching TV recently and learned about French fashion designer Madeleine Vionnet, creator of the “bias-cut”...

From Ottawa, with love (and a full briefcase)

From Ottawa, with love (and a full briefcase)

From YOW to YYZ, from YYZ to YQR, YQR and it’s back to YYZ, from YYZ to YOW. Oh where am I now? (With apologies to 10CC) It was all I could do to not hug everyone in the airport. Everyone. My favourite check-in person (told her I missed her), fellow passengers, lounge...

Experience of a lifetime

Experience of a lifetime

“Don’t screw this up.” I think this every time I need to defrost a freezer. I’m not quite sure what age I was when I first attempted this task. I’m guessing low-teens. For some strange reason – perhaps boredom or the feeling that I needed to contribute more to the...

Hey, Brother, can you carry a grudge?

Hey, Brother, can you carry a grudge?

I recently ran into a former co-worker. We don’t live in the same city anymore, but I was in his for a meeting. I was stopping at my favourite butcher shop before heading home, and I saw he and his wife coming toward the door. “Oh boy,” thought I, resolved to just go...

On Ninjas and Eggs-istential Crises

On Ninjas and Eggs-istential Crises

“Some Ninja you are.” The words popped into my head as the grocery bag containing two dozen eggs lay on the sidewalk. I had just come out of the store, cart full, eggs on top. As I navigated the cart down the sidewalk ramp, the bag slipped off. I knew immediately...

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