Just Keep Making Something, Edmonton

“Make Something Edmonton,” he says, and that’s all he needs to say to get people taking action It’s an initiative started by author Todd Babiak, and the thing has taken on a life of its own. It seems every single day I see someone else from Edmonton talking about what that means to them, and then putting something into action based on that idea,…

Orange Peels

Carly slid the key in the door, jiggled it softly, turned the key, and unlocked the door. Upon opening it, her first sight -as it was every time she came home – was her cat. Noodles was a tabby that, instead of rubbing up against you or meowing to express her pleasure at Carly’s arrival, would arch her back, walk on her tippy-toes until…

Piou Piou (M. Oiseau)

For some reason, in 1996 I decided to start dating a French-Canadian girl. It’s not as though it was a French-Canadian girl I was after specifically, it’s just that this particular one kind of knocked me off of my feet. Blew my socks right down, as it were. She was a beautiful Seperatiste, the kind that gets very upset about almost anything to do…

On Understanding Music – A Short Story

In 1988 I was seventeen and living in the dorm of St. John’s Preparatory School for Boys.    While I kept to myself mostly.  I would go to my room and do my homework, and when that was done I would immerse myself in some book that I had found at our library.  While the pickings were slim for what I might read these days,…