hometown truths Archive

November 28, 2017

Life and golf

The end of 2017 approaches and I cast my mind back to its beginning. Stirring with the joyful anticipation of new places, new projects, happy reunions and renewed zeal for whatever lies ahead, I approached it like the naive golf approaches the next tee-off, imagining that long straight drive, the solid shot from the fairway, […]

October 08, 2014

Lists: reprise and update

Here’s a re-post from a while back about a book. I now know the name of it:  The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon. Thanks to Jo Edgett for letting me know.   So…here’s the post:  Years ago, I flipped through a book at a friend’s house and have since regretted not buying my own copy. It […]

June 18, 2012

Event poaching

If one is declining an invitation to a Facebook event, “yes, no, or maybe” will suffice in the public response. One should avoid declining with a lengthy description of their own event, its place, date, time and ticket price. Geez.

December 05, 2011

Christmas windows and manhole covers

I’m not sure if I written about this before. If so, I apologize. Christmas window displays in department stores seem to suspend time, stopping us in our determined shopping tracks and sending us into a revery of memory and a bit of nostalgic longing.  Simpson’s in Halifax, Eaton’s in Toronto, Ogilvie’s in Montreal, Woodward’s in […]

November 25, 2011

You Need It When? Courier Service

I worked on a project recently that had very tight deadlines. Very tight deadlines. Tight deadlines. Here’s how it unfolded (abbreviated version): All ducks were corralled and set in a straight line – studio, producer, engineer, musicians, manufacturer, and all the other details required to record and manufacture a CD. Photos – done. Artwork, design […]

May 20, 2011

Just do your job (s).

Repair people, city workers, songwriters, concert presenters, spring flowers, sun, toothbrushes, wine, cats…I repeat:  just do your job(s).

August 27, 2010


Somehow, I managed to turn off the automatic forwarding system of Facebook. I didn’t intend to do this, but it’s happened. In order to make any changes, pick up messages (with the recent exception of the talented Jill Barber, whose messages find their way to my real email – this is a mystery) or hear […]

August 16, 2010

Floors and glasses.

I scrubbed my kitchen floor today and, as always, it looks exactly the same now as it did before I scrubbed it. I scrub on my hands and knees because I don’t think one can really clean a floor with a mop, unless one is not wearing their glasses. Without glasses, the kitchen floor looks pure […]

February 03, 2010

Decisions, mistakes, and what’s in between

It has to be said – or maybe not – that I’ve made a lot of bad decisions in my life. Here’s an incomplete list of bad decisions: Took the advice of an aspiring make-up artist and ended up looking like a Geisha girl wearing a lipstick that was wrong. Very wrong. Once, on a […]

February 02, 2010


A great day for waiting by the door. Two deliveries, each long anticipated. Surprising me pleasantly was the delivery of a new travel coffee-maker, followed by the delivery of a quilt my cousin made for me. The coffee maker will save me from bad coffee on the road, and the worst of the bad (my […]