Daddy Daydreamer

This, too, shall pass

A poem

This too shall pass

Image: Florencia Lewis, Creative Commons License

THIS, TOO, SHALL PASS

living in constant fear
anxiety
an invisible enemy
microscopic
galvanizing
virus lurks
every crevice
nook and cranny
economic havoc
dominates
news cycle
other concerns
trivial
there is no other
news
this is it
the new normal
until
the old normal
reasserts
enjoy the fresh air
(if . . .

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April 12, 2020

A man yelled racial and homophobic slurs at the LRT station. Here's what happened

Crumpled papers in garbage that say: sexism, racism, homophobia

Image: Kurt Löwenstein Educational Center International Team from Germany / CC BY

I was heading down the last flight of stairs at the Lyon LRT station in Ottawa. A man stormed around the corner from the fare gates. He wore a leather jacket from a local university and one of those hard hats they give to first-year students.

. . .

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March 11, 2020

The Othering

A poem

Our Answer All-Out Production, Canada, WWII Propaganda Poster
Image: Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Company Limited [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

THE OTHERING

Good versus evil
it's just people killin' people
who knows why
a bigger piece of the pie

gather your tribe
offer a bribe
rally your nation
fire the imagination

demonize the other
lock up your brother
silence your sister
doesn't . . .

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Posted in: poetryrant

February 29, 2020

How lucky I am to be married to my wife

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There was a cool breeze that day one May on the Thirsty Moose patio. Traffic whizzed by every now and then. My wife and kids had gone to the bathroom. I sat at the table with my mother-in-law.

She reminded me how lucky I am to be married to her daughter.

Yes, I am very fortunate. Thank you for raising such a wonderful person.

. . .

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Posted in: gratitude

February 14, 2020

It is possible to recover from mental illness

Find someone to trust. People will help

A range of emojis

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IT IS POSSIBLE

It is possible to live a good life.

I know you may not think so right now. I know it's hard to even get out of bed sometimes, let alone hold down a job or raise a family, to even take care of yourself. You might even find it hard to look someone in the eye, . . .

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January 29, 2020

About fathers, heroes, love and patience

Heroes don't need to fix things. They support their loved ones in their growth and healing

What I hope for you, maybe the greatest thing that a father can hope for his son, is that one day you will become a father yourself. And then you will know how much I truly love you.

– Henry Allen, to his son, Barry, in an episode of The Flash.

Family, circa 1980

WHEN I THINK OF BEING A FATHER and everything that means, I also think of being . . .

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January 17, 2020

Take the time to consider time

We do more things. We have less time

Neural clock for time

Image: Kolbjørn Skarpnes & Rita Elmkvist Nilsen / NTNU & Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience. Shared under Creative Commons license 

2020. A new year, a new decade. It sounds so futuristic to me! I remember when I was my older son's age, it was 1985. I was walking to school thinking what the world would . . .

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January 05, 2020

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