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As per request: Stuff my toddler said

October 1, 2017

Preface My toddler is a three-year-old boy. He is ‘chatty’. Introduction After a recent poll, this is the post topic decided by thine: I would like to preface this that my son usually speaks with an intensity that is amplified by hand gestures that can only be described as gregarious yet necessary. I will break up… Read More ›


*Featured image courtesy of Andrea Beca. If you have a better name for a ‘pillaging of the draft pile’ post then leave it in the comments ya dingus. Eats and feats Eating out with kids can be a bit of a challenge. There is the fighting. The tears. The vomit inducing screams that sound like… Read More ›

Lying to your children

Prologue: What is the truth? Does it have a smell? If it does, can people smell the same truth and have different responses to it? Body: Who would win in a fight, Odin or Jesus? Interjection: Collect all the lies you’ve been told and decide which ones you’d prefer to still think are true. Main… Read More ›

Yogurt wagon and the lady of the (mid) evening

118th Ave. in Edmonton has a bit of a reputation. In a very honest way, it lacks artifice. Those who live on it or near it come from all walks of life. For some, it is a place of desperation. For others, it is a place of emotional investment and reconciliation. It always seems to be… Read More ›

Jeff the horse

One night, Jeff the horse had a dream. He was frantically galloping through a field towards a thing in the distance. It was, he saw, a figure. The figure was small, diminutive, but it emanated a sense of being that drew Jeff and he was uncontrollably was propelled towards it. In sudden immediacy, he stopped… Read More ›

An actual bridge over troubled waters

  I walk down the river valley because the river valley is rip ass awesome. Makes you not think, distraction wise. And water has magical properties. I was raised near the Atlantic so I gots a thing for mass liquidity. Short story long, on my way down into the valley of the river on this… Read More ›

A Sloppy Homage

Dear new parents: A sloppy homage   Yeah, all the pictures show happy babies or comedy. They show a cohesive and strong family core. Love, family, longevity…well, this is rose coloured glasses. It’s tough, this whole family thing. This whole marriage thing…this parenthood thing…as it should be. Nothing so intentionally undertaken that is this rewarding/scarring should… Read More ›


You have this smile. Hidden with a head tilt but your eyes aim up. Eyes are high and looking at me. Clocks stop with those eyes. I smile back and time starts again. I’m not the man I was when we met. Thank you for that.

Little Hell and the Miniature Sarlacc just want sustenance

We are forever arguing with Little Hell to eat. Each meal includes a lecture that is followed by a countdown, a countdown that leads to bed. He hates this. So do we. But all we want is for him to eat. Today, we found some compromise. I have a running joke that food would taste… Read More ›

Logan: A metaphor for fatherhood

First and foremost, this is a movie for adults. Not that kids shouldn’t see it (they can see and hear worse by watching the news or by mistyping in a search engine), but it is a comic book story told in a mature and expansive manner. There is your usual themes, good vs. bad, age… Read More ›

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