challenges

Justice

It seems there is a general interest in lifestyles of those perpetrating criminal acts and those that society designates to respond to these acts. I have completed three articles on my experiences in the jails and Community Corrections. These articles received the most responses on my blog apart from a somewhat innocent article not so innocently entitled ‘Friends without Benefits”. For some reason that little composition received 6 times more interest than any other. But, since I have limited friends without benefits,…

  • The Rock

    Rugged and striking, Newfoundland could literally kick your butt. For two weeks I had my butt kicked around most of this amazing island and much of Labrador. Three middle aged men were intent on circumnavigating Newfoundland and Labrador in an…

  • Under the Knife

    The following is a description of the continuing saga of Caroline's body renovation from the last blog. Some may have viewed much of this from a previous letter during the experience, but for those who did not have to endure my…

  • A Father’s Daughter

    Tierra sat across the table from the older man in a small Mexican hotel bar. Colorful blue and green bottles of liquor lined the mirrored wall. The ocean lapped on the beach a few meters from their feet. Tierra, an…

  • Good Grief!!

    I'm not sure if I would call grief good but it is a factor of our lives that we all experience. We have all suffered a loss in our lives….some, many!! We are reaching that age when a close family member has…

  • Forest Prince

    A high-pitched whistle shrieked amid a myriad of  Western Cedars that rested in disarray on the forest floor. A thick metal cable floated through the sky, settling a few yards from a small gathering of men. One of them, the apparent…

  • Bad Boys

    There was a thunderous clamour that ejected me from my comfortable serenity. Such noise usually meant a conflict was in progress between two of my charges who were trying to beat each other into submission. Sprinting from the office, I…

  • Cyclotourism

    Wikipedia describes bicycle tourism as: “self-contained cycling trips for pleasure, adventure and autonomy rather than sport, commuting or exercise.” Touring can range from single to multi-day trips, even years. Tours may be planned by the participant or organized by a…

  • Duel in the Sun One

    In 2012 we travelled to Kihei on the island of Maui, Hawaii. We had heard about the great climate, fine beaches and the Maui Oceanfront Marathon. Many friends had vacationed on this island for several years and raced this wonderful…

  • The Cinque Terre

    We typically travel to tropical destinations seeking sun, fun and relaxation or the pursuit of more hedonistic exploits. This year we decided to experience a cultural venture. Spinning the globe our dart found the Cinque Terre region of Italy. We…

  • Rites of Passage

    I am 63 now. Many memories were created both good and bad. I have travelled, dated, married, divorced, remarried, remarried, had children, adopted children, lost a son, watched my mother suffer a very ugly death, retired, travelled some more, and…