Ward Indoor Skatepark and Shop

Launch Ramps

Ward Skatepark and Shop is located at 199 Victoria Rd S, Guelph, ON.

Beginner Street Course

It is a warehouse style indoor facility with tons of great ramps and obstacles.

Grind Ledges

It is open year-round and offers membership and daily use passes.

Half Pipe

This is a really nice half-pipe.

Mini Mini-Ramp

This is truly a mini-ramp. I love it!

Quarter Pipes

There are all sorts of launch ramps.

View from the Half Pipe

The graffiti is a nice aesthetic touch as well.

Ward Skatepark Geulph

The park is well-designed and maintained.

Warehouse Style Skatepark

It’s worth a trip to Guelph!

More Great Places to Skate

Record Collecting for EVERYONE!

Record Collecting for Girls

Record Collecting for Girls by Courtney E. Smith

Why would I read a book entitled, Record Collecting for Girls?

Because Record Collecting is for Everybody!

Just like feminism.


Both of these are great books and while the former isn’t necessarily about feminism, it does touch on some major issues. Courtney E. Smith explains . . .

“I felt it was important to make each week’s show a 50/50 split of male and female artists, and I was amazed by how difficult it was to achieve gender balance.”

I know that struggle all too well. I want Word is Bond Rap Radio to feature female voices on it regularly. I do my best to play at least one female track an episode, and every International Women’s Day is dedicated to the Women in Hip-Hop. But maybe, that’s not enough.

Smith talks about how many of the female popular musicians seem to fall into the same category. For some reason, they all take the same lane. It doesn’t make a lot of sense. She sums it up like this . . .

“I don’t want another Rihanna. I want to know this: Where’s the female equivalent of the Foo Fighters?”

Great question. And there is no easy answer to it. We’ve had only had a handful of female rap groups that have many any sort of noise. There is one group on the horizon now, Heresy. I hope they bring back a resurgence of female rap groups. We need this voice in hip-hop.

I enjoyed reading Record Collecting for Girls and will be writing more posts about it soon. I want to look at how Smith explores soundtracks, Top 5 lists, guilty pleasures, and break-up songs.

Keep it locked to this blog for more.

My List of 2015 Reads – 40 books and counting

Archie Coulter Conservation Area Trail

Archie Coulter Conservation Area

Archie Coulter Conservation Area is in St. Thomas, Ontario. I stumbled across it by chance and just knew I had to go for a run and explore.

Archie Coulter Trail

I didn’t realize that there was a formal parking lot a little further down the road until the end of my run. But this entrance was nice too.

Archie Coulter Bridge

After a kilometer in, I came to this bridge.

Archie Coulter in Autumn

I stayed on the main trail and it looped up nicely.

Archie Coulter River Bank

Running alongside the river was really nice.

Archie Coulter Woods

I ran a couple different loops and covered 4.5 kilometers today. It was a very nice run!

Photographic Tours – Over 50 Great Places for a Trail Run

My 2015 Running Season

I had a lot of fun out on the trails this season.

It is the first time I actually have data about all of those runs, however.

It is nice to have an app on my phone that not only tracks the distance I run every time, but also records the time, my average pace, and keeps track of any personal best that I may have reached that particular day.

Running Season

Here are the official stats for My 2015 Running Season.

  • Total Kilometers – 300.7 km
  • Total Trail Runs – 61
  • Average Distance Covered – 4.92 km
  • Average Pace  – 05:42 per km
  • Farthest Run – 8.02 k,
  • Longest Run – 44:22 mins
  • Fastest Kilometer – 04:27
  • Fastest Mile – 07:22
  • Fastest 5 km – 25:09

Keep in mind that I usually run trails with a lot of hills and challenging footing. As such, my pace is a little slower than it would be on flat, even ground.

On average I find that on a flat surface I can cover a kilometer is just over four minutes. On the trail, it takes me about five and a half minutes to do so.

Here are the individual run statistics starting from the most recent trail run to the start of my 2015 season.

Running Season Page 1

Running Season Page 2

It was a late start to the running season this year. I did run a few times before I started using the app, however.

Starting running again after a winter off, is always a tough process. My first two weeks of getting back into it are rather slow and are for a much shorter distance. That’s why I didn’t track those runs using the app.

I like having this data to look back on. Now I can see how consistent I am from season to season.

All I know is that my personal best for a 5 km is 19:03. It seems, I am past my prime days. But I am proud of these numbers and can’t wait for it to get warm enough, for the trails to be run-worthy again, and to see if I can smash any of these records next year.

I still have a few new running spots that I haven’t blogged about yet. I will do so in the next couple of weeks to add to the vast collection of trails I already have.

See you on the trails soon!

Grimsby’s Memorial Skatepark

Shayne Armstrong Skatepark

Shayne Armstrong Memorial Skatepark is located in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada.

Box and Rail

It has all the typical ramps you would expect to see at an outdoor park.

Bump Launch

The ramps and obstacles are spread out nicely to allow a great flow when skateboarding.


There are several ledges to do grind tricks on.


There are three ramps here and one of them is part of a half-pipe.


It serves as a great mini-ramp, complete with coping on either side.

Memorial Graffiti

I like how this skatepark is relatively graffiti free. They do have a few pieces such as this one on posts just off to the side of the cement course.


This pyramid box is nice.


I really love skating here and I think you will too.

Visual Skatepark Tours – Over a dozen great spots to skate!

Divine Styler – The Story of a Hip Hop Zine

Ryan Somers - Divine Styler

In Search Of . . . Divine Styler by Ryan Somers aka Fritz the Cat

Before the Internet made it possible to easily publish and distribute content, and before the popularity of blogs and social media, there were independent, do-it-yourself publications known as zines.

Zines were a labour of love for would-be journalists who simply wanted to share their passion with the world. Fritz the Cat was one of the best to ever do it.

His humble photocopied mini-magazine travelled far and made a lot of noise. It got reviewed and mentioned in mainstream magazines, song lyrics, and radio interviews. Now the story is being told in a book that features some of the content from the zine as well as commentary and special features.

It’s obvious that Fritz the Cat is a underground hip-hop aficionado. He managed to get exclusive interviews with Ras Kass, Abstract Rude, MF Doom, Aceyalone before many mainstream publications did so.

He even fulfilled his mission to bring Divine Styler back to the hip-hop realm. Maybe that was all due to the magazine and its huge influence. Perhaps things were already in motion for that to happen. The cool thing is that Divine Styler himself discovered the magazine and Fritz the Cat was able to meet him and get a guest article in this book.

I also like the fact that Fritz the Cat was a big proponent of the local hip-hop scene. It was before my time in London, Ontario, but the scene is still strong today thanks to the foundation he helped lay.

This book is a nice trip back in time to the mid to late 1990s featuring artwork, original zine pages and covers, and commentary about the entire journey.

My List of 2015 Reads – my detailed reading log


Schools Can Be So Much Greener

Making Our Schools GreenerWhen we think of the cost of school, we rarely think of the buildings themselves. It is important to remember that they have both a financial cost and an environmental one.

Energy Use

“School buildings are the third biggest energy users. A mid-size school district may spend $1 million yearly on energy, a number that is increasing by around 19 percent each year.”

I found that number to be mind-blowing when reading the article, 10 Ways to Green Your School by J.H. Fearless. And that wasn’t the only thing that caught my attention.

Environmental Costs

“Poor indoor air quality negatively affects students’ performance, and schools remain a huge source of pollution and waste that degrades the environment.”

I know some of our old buildings aren’t the best places for students to learn. I hadn’t even thought about any negative health consequences associated with our schools. It definitely is something worth considering.

“Going to school can actually harm your health. Nearly half of all schools (43 percent) have unsatisfactory indoor environmental conditions, and 20 percent have unsatisfactory air quality. That’s partly due to aging school buildings, but also related to an overall decrease in indoor air quality thanks to reduced air circulation and more synthetic substances in our daily lives. One in ten school-age kids now suffer from asthma, so poor air quality isn’t just an annoyance—it can be life threatening.”

What Needs to Be Done

Our schools need some major upgrades. But there are also things that we can do as teachers and students to makes things better.

So, let’s “take action to improve indoor air quality and reduce exposure to toxic substances for all teachers and students.”

Organize Classroom Cleanup Days

Sometimes, it’s hard to keep a classroom clean. I try my best to keep my work area clean for purely aesthetic reasons, but there are health benefits too.

“Some of the biggest health concerns lurking in your classroom exists under all your stuff. Cluttered surfaces, cupboards, and corners harbor dust and mold. Organize some classmates or fellow parents to stay after school once a month to declutter. You’ll help reduce asthma triggers, and your teachers and custodians will thank you.”

Use Green Cleaning / Maintenance Materials

“Toxic cleaning supplies, pest poisons, paints, furnishing finishes, and even chemical fertilizers and ice melt threaten kids’ health. They’re also toxic to cleaning and maintenance staff. Ask your school administration to seek out green solutions to various issues, including sidewalk weed control, ice melt in the winter months, and cleaning products.”

Get an Air Quality Meter

“Want to get a clearer idea of what you’re really breathing? Work with students and parents to raisefunds for or ask the school to invest in air quality meters, which will help students manage asthma. Additionally, the meters notify the school of any serious air quality issues, such as high CO2 levels, or elevated moisture that could cause mold.”

Organize a Local Food Day

“Consider teaming up with local restaurants, farms, or even food trucks to bring fresh, local food to school once a month or once every few months. Kids will get a chance to learn the benefits of local food, and you’ll be supporting the small businesses in your community.”

Set Up A Green Club

“Take environmental education into your own hands. A student club can take real action on school issues. Your club may create a school-wide recycling or composting program; learn about growing your own food with a school garden; organize cleanup and planting days; raise funds for green initiatives; and even take part in statewide and national green schools competitions. Through all this, students will learn leadership, teamwork, and how great feels to make a positive difference.”

Form a Carpooling, Cycling, or Walking Group

“Save time for busy parents, conserve energy, and make friends with a community carpool or other transportation group. By getting together with your neighbors, you can find new, more efficient ways to get to and from school. Carpools are the time-tested solution, but if you live close enough to your school, think about organizing a group to ride bikes or walk together. As a bonus, parent chaperones will get their daily exercise, too.”

Install Energy Meters

“It’s a lot easier to understand energy use when you can see it in action. Energy meters that are visible to any student and teacher aren’t just great learning tools— they can also encourage everyone to conserve energy and water throughout the day. Many schools have started sharing their energy use in this way. Monitoring not only creates savings for the school’s power, heat, and water budgets, but can also be incorporated into friendly school-wide competitions and classroom sustainability lessons.”

Save Money, Save the Environment

“If you asked your school administration, they’d probably be the first to tell you that they would love to upgrade your school with more modern, sustainable, and healthy features. Unfortunately, most schools have tight budgets, and they have to make tough choices about how to allocate funds.”

That said, it shouldn’t be surprising that environmentally sustainable schools—with increased efficiency and health benefits—are also more financially sustainable. For example:

It Increases Efficiency and Health Benefits

Test scores and learning ability improve by three to five percent when a school incorporates natural daylight—equating to an annual earning increase of $532 per student.

Building a green school costs less than 2 percent more than a conventional school (about $3 per square foot) but provides 20 times the financial benefits.

A green school saves an average of $100,000 annually—enough to hire two new teachers, buy 250 new computers, or purchase 5000 new textbooks.

Green schools utilize 33 percent less energy and 32 percent less water than traditional schools.

On average, a green school produces:

  • 1,200 fewer pounds of nitrogen oxides (a principal component of smog)
  • 1,300 fewer pounds of sulfur dioxide (a principal cause of acid rain)
  • 585,000 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide (the principal greenhouse gas)
  • 150 fewer pounds of coarse particulate matter (a principal cause of respiratory illness)
  • 74 percent less waste

Do Your Part

How can you help your school go green? Start by reducing energy use, water use, waste, and pollution in everyday action. Calculate the savings your actions are creating, and lobby the school district to set aside that money for upgrades and improvements to facilities.

Teaching Tip Tuesday – Once a month, we feature articles designed by teachers for teachers

Hawkeye – An Avenger or a Weapon

Hawkeye Vol 1 - My Life as a Weapon

Hawkeye: Volume 1 – My Life as a Weapon

When I first heard of this title, I really had no interest in reading it. After all, he is probably the least exciting member of The Avengers. But the praise for the book has been strong, so when I saw it on the shelves of the public library, I had to pick it up.

I must say that I really enjoyed this read. The humour in it is priceless. It’s along the lines of what was done in The Avenger films as well. If you loved those, you will probably enjoy this book too.

This looks like it will continue as a solo title. The library had the next several volumes as well. They are now on my to-read list.

Maybe you can find something you’d like to read on one of my annual reading lists.

My List of 2015 Reads

My List of 2014 Reads

My List of 2013 Reads

A Hard Read About Bullying (Book Giveaway Contest)

Santa - Nicola Mar

Santa; by Nicola Mar

This book centres around the character of June, a high school student who is bullied physically, emotionally, and even online. She starts to lose faith in humanity and question everything. She doesn’t see a way out or a reason to continue.

While this is a work of fiction, the tale feels like it is torn directly from the headlines. We’ve heard stories just like this on on the news. They are tragic tales that need to stop happening.

I think Nicola Mar wrote this story to influence people on either side of bullying. She is donating proceeds from the sale of the novel to Project Semicolon. The title makes more sense knowing that as well.

This could be a present for a lot of people.

You can find out more by visiting www.projectsemicolon.org.

Want to Read This? 

You can win my copy. This contest is open to residents of Canada or U.S.A.

All you have to do is . . .

Follow me on Twitter, or Instagram

and post a message like “I just entered to win @NicolaMar’s book from @chasemarch at http://chasemarch.com”

You can use this image as well. Make sure you tag / mention me in your post.

Book Give-Away

I will select one lucky winner at random by the end of the week.

Good Luck!

The Walking Dead – Finally Home?

I just finished watching Season 5 of The Walking Dead and saw these graphic novels in the public library. Pretty soon, the television series will be completely caught up with the books. I wonder what will happen then?

I try to write my reviews without spoilers, but if you are a big fan of the books, you might not want to read any further today. (Spoiler Alert)

Walking Dead Volume22

The Walking Dead: Volume 22 – A New Beginning

The survivors of the zombie apocalypse have rebuilt society. They have a village that is reminiscent of the pioneer times we learned about at school. It’s incredible to see things starting to come together.

There is still work to be done, however. Giant heards of the undead travel en mass. A team has been dispatched to steer them away from the village. Unfortunately, they drive a heard directly towards another group of survivors.

Walking Dead Volume23

The Walking Dead: Volume 23 – Whispers Into Screams

Carl wants a job in the new society, but he wants a very specific one that will have him working quite a distance away from his dad. Rick is very reluctant to let him go. He is a little unweary of the new settlement and falling into a life that seems to be returning to normal.

Meanwhile, on a mission outside of the village walls, a team swears that they hear the walking dead whispering. They seem to be smart and communicating with each other. It is absolutely terrifying, more so than usual.

They also welcome a young lady into the village and Carl is completely taken by her. But is there more to her than what he sees?

I am really enjoying this series, both on television and in the graphic novels.

My List of 2015 Reads – 40 titles and counting

Strathroy Skatepark

Strathroy Sign

Strathroy Skate Park was built by the local Optimist Club.

bumps and ledges

It’s a nice park for little kids and those just starting out.

Centre Bump

It has a large bump in the middle of the park.

DIY box

Some skaters  have added a few personal touches, including this box

DIY ledge

and this grind ledge.

One half of the half-pipe

There is also a half-pipe. It doesn’t have any coping and the two sections are a bit too far away from each other, but it’s still fun to skate.


The rail has been replaced recently as well.

Strathroy Skatepark

I wouldn’t go out of my way to skate here, but if you are in the neighbourood, it’s a nice place to skate.

Chase March’s Skatepark Tours (a dozen great places to skate . . . and counting!)

Laurier Woods Trail

Laurier Woods Sign

This past weekend I was in North Bay and had the chance to get out for a trail run at Laurier Woods. It was absolutely beautiful. I wanted to share that with you.

Laurier Woods Trail

The trail had a lot of rocky sections and places where I needed to slow down or do some fancy footwork not to trip or slip.

Laurier Woods Boardwalk

But it was a gorgeous afternoon and the scenery was breath-taking.

Laurier Woods Trail Rocky Sections

There were a few hills as well, not many, mind you.

Laurier Trails Sign Posts

The trails were very well marked. I ran portions of them all; yellow, red, white, purple, and the new trail that was just added to the maps.

Laurier Woods Observation

This observation platform was at the top of a rock bluff.

Laurier Trail Waterside

There were lakes, swamps, and a little river along the route.

Laurier Woods Inukshuk

I came across one portion of the trail that had dozens of these rock figures. They are called inukshuks. There were two specific groupings of them here.

It was so blissfully quiet back in the woods that it was very calm and peaceful.

Laurier Woods Rock Markers

Portions of the trail ran across these large slates of rock. It was hard to tell exactly where the trail lead. Thankfully someone painted these arrows along the route.

Laurier Woods Route

Here is a map of my blind exploration. I didn’t know where I was running. I was just feeling my way around. You can see at the three kilometer point, I seemed to have come to an end of the yellow trail. It looked like it looped up on the map. Oh well, I turned around and pushed on.

It was a great run with some very beautiful sights to behold. Highly recommended for runners or walkers.

Photographic Tour Archive – Over 50 great trails to run, hike, and explore


Harriet’s Big Adventure (Children’s Book Review)

Harriets Big Adventure

Harriet’s Big Adventure by Glenn S. Guiles and Raymond J. Whalen

Guiles is a fellow educator who believes in the power of a good story to enrich the lives of children and to help them learn. To that end, he has crafted a series of picture books featuring a miniature donkey by the name of Harriet.

The series is based upon the animals that he has on his very own farm in Adirondack State Park. In this second book, Harriet notices that her owner forgot to secure the latch to the gate. She wanders off in search of an adventure.

She comes across creatures she has never seen before including a squirrel, a porcupine, and two deer. Just when she begins to realize that her trek through the woods has taken her far from home, she notices that the trail looped up and brought her right back home.

She is thankful for her adventure and for her nice home.

This is pretty standard fair when it comes to illustrated children’s books. The story isn’t anything out of the ordinary, but the water-colour paintings really make it come to life.

I think students can identify with their yard always being the same and wanting to travel beyond the school grounds. As such, it would be a great read-aloud for a primary classroom.

Teaching Tip Tuesday Archive – Great tips, tricks, lessons, and inspiration for classroom teachers

Chasing Content – November

Chasing Content (1)At the start of every month, we take a moment to look back at what was happening exactly one year ago. This lets us look back at the best posts this blog has to offer and to relive some great moments.

Read all of the posts from last November,

or just these favs . . .

The Write Club – National Novel Writing Month at School

It’s National Novel Writing Month and there are all sorts of great resources that you can use in the classroom. I tried it last year and had kids excited about writing. It was a beautiful thing.

The Taylor Swift – Tiffany Connection

Taylor Swift has amassed more records, tours, and album sales than Tiffany ever did. But there is a connection between my love of both artists. I was surprised when I made this connection.

Northern Lights Art Project

This is one of my favourite art lessons to teach. It’s based on a photograph and looks closely at how a background source of light affects a foreground image. Plus, I just really love this picture and the art it inspires.

Fanshawe Park – Lake Trail

This trail is 21 kilometers and traverses through some very nice scenery. I really enjoyed running the small portion of it that I did. I need to go back and run more of it.

How Successful Teachers Lead

I get teaching inspiration from everywhere . . . even a book aimed at business.

Thanks for Chasing Content with me!

Chasing Content Archive – the best of the best when it comes to this blog

Happy Halloween – Hip-Hop Style

Want to celebrate Halloween with some dope hip-hop vibes?

Press play and enjoy The Word is Bond Haunted Rap Radio Hour or download it for free.

Whodini – The Haunted House of Rock
DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince – Nightmare on My Street
Geto Boys – Minds Playing Tricks
– Nowhere to run, Nowhere to hide
The Arsonists – Halloween
Mykill Myers – Straight Dirt
Bad Meets Evil – Scary Movie
Jay-Z– D’Evils
Dana Dane – Nightmares
Mission 5 – Celery Stalks
Ice Cube – Dr. Frankenstein
Bone Thugs and Harmony – Hell Sent
Bobby Boris Picket – Monster Mash

I hope you have a safe and Happy Halloween!

WIB Haunted Rap Radio Hour by Thewordisbond.Com on Mixcloud

Introducing Chase March DJ Services

Chase March DJ Services Square

Chase March DJ Services has officially launched

I am available to DJ your event. I can DJ weddings, personal, and corporate events, fashion shows, birthday parties, and even offer an interactive experience for teenagers and pre-teens.

I can play any type of music and make your event a success!

Live Rap Performances

I am also available to back up your live performances. Having a live DJ makes your rap show more professional. If you are a rapper and want to step up your live show, don’t hesitate to contact me for one-off shows, concerts, and tours.


I will host your mixtape, cut and scratch on hooks, blend your albums together in a seamless way, and can even drop a guest verse on your track. I am also available to guest-host and DJ for your radio program or podcast


$150 a night for a regular DJ gig
$175 – 250 if speakers and / or lights are required
$500 for premium speakers and lights
$800 to bring a show with live performers*
$50 to host and blend your mixtape or album
$25 an hour for a casual DJ gig
$10 to scratch a hook or chorus for your rap song

*If you require me to book a specific artist or an entire bill, prices are negotiable and reasonable.


Call or Text – 1 (519) 851-2100
Email – chasemarch@gmail.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/chasemarch
Chase March DJ Services – http://chasemarch.com/dj-services

I look forward to working with you at your event!

Rich Writer, Poor Writer

I am illiterate.

I have two university degrees, am an avid reader, have been writing fiction, novels, and blog posts for years, but when it comes to money . . .

I am financially illiterate.

Other writers probably feel the same way. We focus on our craft and our daily lives. Money doesn’t seem to be all that important. And yet, we chase the dream of becoming best-selling authors.

Rich Dad Poor Dad book

I am currently reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki because I want to get in better control of my finances.

Poor Writer

I almost put the book down though. The opening paragraph was so bad that I laughed out loud. I swore and got ready to throw the book across the room. For some reason I didn’t.

I stuck with the book and laughed again when the author admitted to being a poor author.

He was talking with an newspaper columnist at the time as he was being interviewed for an article. The columnist wanted to branch out into fiction, but hadn’t been able to crack into that industry. She kept her day job at the newspaper but still had her eyes set on becoming a best-selling author just like Kiyosaki.

That’s when, Kiyosaki simply replied, “I’m a terrible writer, you’re a great writer.”

Rich Writer

So why did he succeed and she did not? He suggested that it all boiled down to the concept of sales. She just needed to become a better sales person to take her work to the next level.

Perhaps that is true. Maybe it’s more complicated than that. All I know is that, Kiyosaki has made an interesting observation . . .

Got Talent?

I’m constantly shocked by how little talented people earn.

Talent isn’t enough. I know some amazing musicians and artists who can’t seem to make their art marketable. Why is that?

One Skill Away From Great Wealth

Most people only need to learn and master one more skill and their income would jump exponentially.

That skill could be salesmanship. It could be marketing. It could be learning about how money works and becoming financially literate.

Be a Life-long Learner

Whatever that skill is that you are lacking, educate yourself.

Learning is a life-long journey and I’m still learning. Are you?

Mount Brydges Skatepark

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The Mount Brydges Optimist Skatepark has been been a staple of the town for a number of years now.

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It has all the typical ramps and obstacles you would expect to find at one of these parks.

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The pyramid at the centre of the skatepark is short and great for beginners.

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The quarter-pipe is a little too steep though.

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The ramps on either side of the park don’t have any coping bars, but there is plenty of space to zoom around on.

Overall, this is an average park. I wouldn’t recommend coming out of your way to skate here. But if you’re in town, it’s worth a stop-over.

Want to See More Skateparks?

Visual Skatepark Tour Archive (almost two dozen great spots to skate)