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Tim Hortons Museum – Store 1 (Hamilton)

Tim Hortons is one of the most beloved businesses in Canada.

Memory Lane

It got its start with a small coffee shop in my hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Memories from the 70s and on

In order to commemorate its history, the very first store has been renovated to include a small museum.

Memory Lane Aisle

There are items to show how the franchise has grown and developed over the past 50 years.

Timbit Cutter

Here is the Timbit cutter tool that was used to create the miniature donuts we all love.

Walnut Crunch

Walnut Crunch used to be my favourite full-sized donut.  I liked that it was rectangular in shape. It seemed bigger than the regular circular donuts. And it was chocolate with nuts. Unfortunately, they no longer make these donuts.

Sink and Dryer

This location even has hi-tech bathrooms. The sink faucet has air dryers built right into it. The bars that angle out to each side, blow warm air to dry your hands. I haven’t seen anything like this anywhere else. It’s a great design.

Store 1

Store #1 opened on this day, May 17th, back in 1964.

Tim Horton Statue

Tim Horton was a hockey player and is immortalized with this statue. This plaque gives a little bit of information about the installation.

Tim Horton Plaque

Tim Hortons is a cultural phenomenon and a beloved Canadian institution. And it all got its start a few blocks from where I used to live in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

My Everything Birthday

Everything Birthday

42 is the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything. That is why I am dubbing today as my “Everything Birthday.”

There is surprisingly little about everything birthdays on the world wide web. I was certain that fellow Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fans would have made everything birthdays commonplace. I guess it is up to me.

I want to have an everything bagel for lunch today and celebrate all of the great things that have been happening in my life.

Coincidentally, this month we celebrated the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the colour-barrier in baseball. He changed the face of baseball and popular sport, and he did it while wearing the Number 42.

This year, I got married, celebrated the fifth anniversary of my radio show, excelled in my studies at university, rekindled my love of teaching, taught high school for the first time, and have continued to skateboard and trail run.

I have a lot to be thankful for and will be celebrating all of this, today, on my everything birthday.

Winter Trail Hike

I can’t remember the last time I went out for a winter hike through the woods.

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If you are a regular follower of this blog, you will know that I’m always running these kinds of trails in the summer.

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It was a nice change of pace to leisurely walk along the main path in the winter.

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I was surprised to see that the trail had been sufficiently packed down so that we could just walk along it naturally. Of course, that didn’t stop us from going off trail and throwing ourselves down the snowy banks.

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Here we are climbing back up one of the snow hills.

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We threw ourselves down a few more hills too,

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and made out way down to the river. There were large and thick pieces of ice all along the shore.

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It truly was a winter wonderland and I was glad to go on this little adventure.

Continuing the Chase in 2017

chasing-contentEvery month, I like to take a glimpse back into the past to see what was happening exactly one year ago.

I highlight some of my favourite posts from that month and share them here in a little feature I call “Chasing Content.”

Read all of the posts from last January

or just these highlights

Exploring Swearing in Hip-Hop

I had a lot of fun producing this radio documentary on swearing in hip-hop music. It’s part of the monthly series I do entitled, Know Your History. 

How to Properly Reboot a Franchise

I hope filmmakers can learn something from the Planet of the Apes movies. The reboot movies are extremely well done and are faithful to the original material in a way that can only please fans both new and old.

Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide

This is a fun read for anyone who truly loves hip-hop. The editor takes us on a journey through 60 classic albums with in-depth articles from noted music journalists.

The Death of Spider-Man

I did a lot of comic book reading last January. If you scroll through all the posts for the month, you’ll see tons of great Spider-Man reviews including Superior Spider-Man, Miles Morales, and this huge event that brought tears to many an eye.

Star Wars: The Force Retread

I still haven’t seen Rogue One yet, although I have heard good things about it. It can’t be worse than The Force Awakens. I was so disappointed with that movie that lacked any originality and I vented about it here.

Thanks for Chasing Content with me! 

We do this at the start of every month. Don’t let great content get lost in the archive. Click the links above, leave comments, and share stuff on your social media accounts.

Thank you!

Looking Back to help Look Forward

launching-a-new-yearIn order to truly accomplish a goal, you need to work at it regularly, keep it in the forefront of your mind, and make small steps to reach the intended destination.

This is something I am not good at. I write a list every year, and then it gets buried in the archive.

I decided not to make resolutions at the start of last year. Instead, I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish.

The post still got buried in the archive and I didn’t think much about it till now as we launch a brand new year.

That being said, let’s look back at what I was thinking last year at this time and see how I did and what I really need to work on in 2017.

Here it is

“I want to . . .

  • be more creative
  • DJ all sorts of events (weddings, rap concerts, dances, etc)
  • get my fiction published
  • produce quality radio
  • build a life with the woman I love
  • find a way to support myself financially
  • find a job that not only pays the bills but makes me happy
  • sharpen my DJ skills
  • make a few mixtapes to highlight my DJ skills
  • run more than 300 kilometers
  • write a new work of fiction
  • write a non-fiction book (I have two great ideas for this too)
  • keep this blog regularly updated
  • read for enjoyment, self-improvement, and personal education”

Why?

Why did I write that first one? I have always been creative and don’t think I slowed down in that arena.

Wins

I did DJ a lot this year as you can tell from my #2016bestnine posts on Instagram.

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Six out of these nine pictures are DJ related. It shows me deejaying on the radio, at a night club, at a stag-and-doe party, holding it down for the Rel McCoy and Cquel tour stop in London, and for being an official DJ for Sons of Boombap.

I did produce lots of quality radio programs including my annual Women in Hip-Hop Spectacular, All Women’s  Voices Day, Christmas Special episode, and tons of great in-depth interviews.

I made two mixtapes this year that were events. I mixed one-third of the collaborative mixtape from the Sons of Boombap collective. I also teamed up with DJ Hullewud to drop The MIX(ed)TAPE. I am very proud of both of these projects.

I didn’t track my running with an app this year but I did get out at least three times a week every week all season. I have to have cleared close to 300 km. I wish I knew for sure though.

I didn’t read as many novels in 2016, but I still did read a lot. I didn’t include the stuff I read for school either as I started working on a masters degree at Western University.

Fail

I didn’t write any new works of fiction or non-fiction this year. I did write and work on projects for the four university classes I took though. I hadn’t planned on going back  to school, but I am glad I did.

Win

Returning to university to pursue a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.

I am very excited about this new career path and can’t wait to finish.

Set-back

I worked at a fast food spot as a survival job and kind of got stuck there. The good news is that I did get promoted twice.

Launch-forward

I have moved on from that job and will be teaching high school this winter term. That doesn’t start until Tuesday, but it’s a great way to kick off a new year (also featured on my Best 9 picture above)

The Biggest Win

The biggest win of 2016 is my engagement to Diana. She is an amazing woman and I am really looking forward to our wedding this winter and building a life together.

Good bye 2016

2016 wasn’t a terrible year. It felt like it was a transition year and that even better things are on the horizon. That is why I wrote this tweet.

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Hello 2017

I am ready for all the good things that will happen this year. I don’t plan on making any goals or resolutions just yet. Perhaps I will make shorter goals and work hard towards accomplishing some of the things I didn’t get to this year.

Happy New Year!

Top 16 Albums of 2016

A few years back I wrote a post about the best albums of that year. I called it the Top 9 Albums of ’09 and unknowingly started a tradition. Every year now, I have to add one more album to the list.

This year, I had no problem finding 16 albums to rank. It was a good year for hip-hop music.

All of the albums listed below were in heavy rotation for me, were featured on my radio show –  Word is Bond several times, and the tunes bang.

I even got to interview a few of these artists on the show.

If you have a favourite album that I didn’t list here, please leave a comment below. This time of year is always great for discovering music that flew under your radar. I know I discover great new music from other people’s lists. Hopefully mine can do that for you too.

So without further ado, here is the Top 16 Albums of 2016.

16. Sadat X – Aqua

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Sadat X is a veteran in the rap game. He still has the chops on the mic and enlists the production skills of Pete Rock, Diamond D, DJ Scratch, and more. The features on the album are also on point.

15. More or Les – Blow the F&#@ Up But Stay Humble

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More or Les has a very distinct voice and actually talks about things on his record. In the lead single for this project, he admits that he might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think you should at least take a sip. He battles stereotypes, drops knowledge, and makes your head nod.

14. Atmosphere – Fishing Blues

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Atmosphere are always one of my favs.  I might be a little biased here. And this may effort may not be their best work to date, but it is still getting regular rotation in my house and car.

13. Torae – Entitled

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I love how Torae has stopped using the n-word. The track that addresses this on the album is absolutely brilliant. I also like how he tackles the subject of entitlement that many of us struggle with regularly.

12. Apollo Brown & Skyzoo – The Easy Truth

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Apollo Brown is one of the best producers in the game. He can bring out the best in an emcee. And when that emcee is already a gifted lyricist such as Skyzoo, a collaborative project is going to sound amazing. This one is a future classic!

11. Rel McCoy – Gas Money

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Relic officially changed his name to Rel McCoy with this project. He tries some new flows and enlists the talents of a variety of producers including Fresh Kils, Tone Mason, Moka Only, and Elaquent to create another great album. Rel never disappoints.

10. DJ Hullewud / DJ Chase March – The MIX(ed)TAPE

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It might be a little self-serving to include this on my year-end list, but I am very proud of this project. It features world-premiere and exclusive tracks from some of hip-hop’s best underground artists including Exit Only, Sankdafied, Branded Moore, Swamp Thing, Timbuktu, Jon Corbin, Es, Zoetic Minds, Animal Nation, Ultra Magnus and DJ Slam, and more.

9. Masta Ace – The Falling Season

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Masta Ace goes back to high school with this concept album that retells the story of his youth in skits placed between topical songs that will surely have your head nodding and you rapping along.

8. Tiff the Gift – It Gets Greater Later

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I really love the feel, the message, and the boom bap beats on this one. It was worth the two year wait between albums if this is what Tiff the Gift had been cooking up for us. My favourite track is “Painted Pictures.”

7. Common – Black America Again

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Common has taken a few mis-steps when it comes to albums and projects. But his growth and development is something that cannot be denied. His is redefining a genre that often tries to paint older voices as irrelevant. This is Common at his finest.

6. A-F-R-O and Marco Polo – A-F-R-O Polo

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All Flows Reach Out is one of the freshest new voices we have in hip-hop. Team him up with one of the best producers to ever come out of Canada, and we end up with A-F-R-O Polo, a great underground hip-hop project.

5. Elevator Emcees – Elevator MCs

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These guys captured my attention right away with this project. They remind me of Dilated Peoples with their sound. I hope to see big things from them in the future.

4. Homeboy Sandman – Kindness for Weakness

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I love this album. “Eyes” is quite possibly my favourite song of the whole year. Homeboy Sandman is quite unconventional and definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. He can probably relate to More or Les is that way.

3. A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service

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This album is incredible for a few different reasons. First off, it is the last album we will see from the group as founding member Phife Dawg passed away. Secondly, the group came back together to record it. You can tell that they were in the same room at the same time. Third, they push the envelope while maintaing the Tribe sound. I’m so glad we have this final chapter in the ATCQ catalogue.

2. Tempomental – Loaded with Pain

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Tempomental is one of London, Ontario’s finest. His live performances are absolutely incredible. He has a soulful flow, sings, and produces. This album is sonically beautiful with some depressing and thought provoking lyrics. It’s what Tempomental does best.

1. Nilla – Valkyrie

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We haven’t heard from Nilla in years, but it was well worth the wait. This album was produced entirely by Ghettosocks and we even get to hear him vocally on the project as well. Nilla takes aim at misogyny in hip-hop and sexism in every day life. She spits hard hitting rhymes over top of great boom-bap beats. She will definitely make you say, “Woah, man!” (a highlight track everyone should hear)

Support the artists

Go find these albums and support the artists by purchasing their music, playing to see them perform live, and copping some merchandise.

Your turn

Do you agree or disagree with my list? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

End of the Year Hip Hop Anonymous Bash

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We are closing off the year with one more edition of Hip Hop Anonymous featuring performances by Tempomental, Sankdafied, Typewriters, Laura Leger, Traffimatics, KRouge, Revelated Me, and T Will. There will also be a beat showcase by AdD.

DJ Chase March on the 1s and 2s all night long.

WHAT: Hip Hop Anonymous – End of Year Bash
WHEN: Friday December 30, 2016
WHERE: Gordy’s Brewhouse. 1631 Oxford St. E. London, ON.
DOORS: 9:00 p.m.
TICKETS: Free (DWG wants to give back to all the fans and supporters)

Visit the Facebook Event Page for more info.

I hope to you can come out and kick it with us in a small, intimate setting. Help support the local hip-hop scene by attending shows, letting people know that you are going via social media, buying some merch at the gig, and enjoying the tunes. It’s going to be a good night!

Star Trek Dropped the Ball in 2016

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2016 marked the 50th Anniversary of the biggest science fiction franchise of all-time. I was really looking forward to a year-long celebration of all things Trek. Unfortunately, those in charge of Star Trek dropped the ball, the anniversary passed with very little fanfare, and an opportunity was missed.

I have been championing Star Trek my entire life. I have watched all of the television series, read the novels, collected the comic books, cosplayed as characters from the Enterprise, bought and displayed collectibles, constructed models, played board games and trivia, and had a blast doing it.

I was hoping to share my passion for the show with some like-minded people this year, both in person and online. I was looking forward to a new television series premiering this fall. I think a lot of us were. It is a crime that the series has been pushed back and that we won’t see it till next year. A lot had been lost by not having it shown during the 50th anniversary of the franchise.

I made some noise on the day we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the very first broadcast of the original television series that aired September 8th, 1966.

I celebrated by rereading some of my old comic books and rewatching Star Trek: The Next Generation from its very first episode. I’m not sure I will have the series done in this calendar year, but I will write a review of it once I get through all 177 episodes.

At least we did see a new Star Trek film this year, and it was actually good. Star Trek Beyond has its problems but it feels like the creators are starting to get their act together with the new universe. I even got to see William Shatner, the original Captain Kirk this year at Fan Expo.

When I have talked with people about this monumental anniversary, many of them didn’t even realize it happened. That is a shame. Star Trek dropped the ball. They should have hyped it up and capitalized on the event. I am not sure why they didn’t.

I just want to say that I love and appreciate all that Star Trek has given to me and to popular culture. Without it, we wouldn’t have Star Wars and countless other series and fandoms. It paved the way for science fiction to be a legitimate artform. It has also inspired me in countless ways.

Star Trek, live long and prosper.

And here’s to another 50!

The Sunnyvale Liquor Tour hits London, ON.

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NORTH2WEST PROMOTIONS & Mistaitken Productions present

DOUG CRAWFORD – THE SUNNYVALE LIQUOR TOUR

WITH SPECIAL TOUR GUESTS :

Knucklehead aka Tyrone from Trailer Park Boys
Rude Dowg

and featuring

Marmel Ent
Sky Bundy & Big Blax
Filty Tarantino
Brad Shank
Lyrical Mind
Traffimatics
MLNY
PB Styls

An open-mic rap battle featuring beats by AdD

Hosted by YTV’s Own PJ Phill & Bradie W

Music by DJ Chase March all night long!

WHEN: November 4th, 2016
WHERE: Grinning Gator – 391 Richmond St. London, ON.
DOORS: Open at 9:00
TICKETS: $10 advance tickets,$15 at the door.
ONLINE TICKETS: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/16318/

Event Details

Hosting this event is the duo of YTV’s Pj Phresh Phil & Bradie Whetham! Pj Phil was a mainstay in the 90s with his show The Zone. He is the current host of Session X and will be bringing his 90s Retro Vibe with him.

Bradie W is a Canadian actor and entertainer known for his roles on such shows as; Goosebumps & Wind At My Back. Bradie is also a musician and will be performing a set for the first time in over 3 years.

First Ever by N2W ( CAN YOU BATTLE ? )Open Mic Rap Battle…

There will be a open mic rap battle one hour before the show starts over AdD beat’s, with special guest judges. If you win the battle, you will win some merch ,2 exclusive beats, and a feature with a Secret Society artist. You will also get a spot on the next North2West Promotions Show in any city )

All you need is a $10 ticket, or pay at the door to take part. The battle is at 8:00 p.m.

BIOS

Doug Crawford

Doug Crawford, also known as one half of the Canadian rap group Secret Society, has broken out as a solo artist and is bringing his impetuous flow to the masses. Crawford’s ability to channel his thoughts and feelings into astute and opulent rhymes is what continues to draw in the fans, and the release of his 3rd album F.A.M.E – For All My Efforts makes a strong statement about his talent, his work ethic, and his drive to break through.

Crawford’s LA upbringing seeded the inspiration for his future endeavors and laid the foundations for working with some of the same artists that he grew up listening to – having opened for Ice Cube, Mobb Deep, and Snoop Dogg among others.

Crawford has sold tens of thousands of albums and collaborated with legends of the game, including Royce Da 5’9″, The Outlawz, and Obie Trice. His reach only widens via extensive international press attention and radio play, yet Doug Crawford’s focus remains about the impact his music can have on others. In his own words, “I work hardest on improving my music and changing it with the times.” He’s ambitious, up and coming, and hard to miss; Doug Crawford’s time is now.

Doug has been taking the global scene by storm now performing to larger audience than ever before. With fans now spanning the globe Doug is poised for breakthrough success. Watch for Doug Crawford to establish a serious international presence for himself in the near future!

Visit the links to learn more about Doug Crawford

http://www.dougcrawfordmusic.com/
Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

Tyrone Parsons aka Knucklehead

Tyrone Parsons is an actor, best-known for the role of T, a member of J-Roc’s Roc Pile. from Trailer Park Boys.

Parsons was born and raised in Lucasville, Nova Scotia. Tyrone has had an active rap career under the name Knucklehead.  Since 1993, beginning with an association with Atlantic rap troupe DJ Ruckus and Mad Craz. This association landed him a record contract under which he collaboratively released two albums and conducted three tours with other rappers.

After appearing in a music video by Classified, he began to make the move to TV, landing an audition with Mike Clattenburg who was casting the Trailer Park Boys series at the start of its run. Even after landing the role of T, Parsons remained in the rap game, signing first with Change The Game Records (home to Anonamyss), then left with some the artists under this label to form Musik Overmatter, an independent label. Since then he has played a major part in the production and release of several albums, and released his first solo record, KnuckleUp in 2005, and a Mad Craz record in 2008.

In the show, T is sometimes referred to as T-Knuckles, a subtle nod to Parsons’ real life rap persona.

https://www.facebook.com/KnuckleheadAkaTyroneParsons

For more information about this concert, check the Facebook Event Page.

I hope to see you there on Friday. It’s going to be a great show!

This Used To Be My Playground

Fav BlogsI used to read blogs on a daily basis. I had these ones bookmarked through Feedly and would eagerly await any new post.

There was always plenty to read as these bloggers updated their sites regularly. Some had daily updates, some weekly, and others would post rather sporadically.

I knew I could count on them for some great reading and intellectual interaction through the comments and linking that happened in our little blogging community.

Most of these blogs have gone silent and I haven’t seen a post from them in quite some time. Some of them haven’t posted for years.

The exception being Calvin’s Canadian Cave of Cool.  He continues to blog prolifically and I make sure to check for his posts every day.

I know that life gets in the way and sometime blogging has to take a back seat. It certainly has for me this summer.

When I started this blog back in 2007, I wrote five posts a week. I brought that down to three posts in the past year or so and unfortunately, I let it really slide this summer.

I just haven’t had the time to write, collect, plan, and publish posts this summer. I haven’t had time to find new blogs and build relationships through comments, linking, and genuine conversation either.

It’s kind of sad. This used to be my playground, after all.

I’m Thankful

im-thankfulEvery year at this time, I like to take stock of my life and reflect on all of the blessings I have.

It’s one of the reasons that I like Thanksgiving. I love getting together with the family and have a nice dinner, but I also like reflecting on my life and all of the good things that are in it.

This year has been a challenging one, that’s for sure. But through challenge and adversity, we grow and develop.

So, here is my list of things that I am grateful for right now.

My Fiance

She understands me in a way that no one else ever has. She is thoughtful and caring, and I love her so much. I am so happy that she said, “Yes!” when I popped the question a few months back. I was waiting for us to get official engagement photos do before telling the story here. Stay tuned!

Music

Music has been a constant companion of mine and something that has always helped me deal with the harsh realities of life. I love it so much. I am thankful that my latest project is with a man I respect as a person and an artist, DJ Hullewud. The MIX(ed)TAPE is available now on cassette, CD, and digital download.

Silent Cacophony

I haven’t been blogging as much as I used to, but this platform, and this online space is still very important to me. I appreciate all of my readers and the opportunity to share things with each and every one of you.

DJing

Deejaying has brought me to some pretty amazing heights this year. I have done countless concerts, radio shows, and even a few weddings. And I even have an official mixtape release on cassette (see above). I am so proud of that project!

University

I am pursuing a Masters of Library and Information Science right now on a part-time basis. I am very excited to earn a degree and get started on a new career. I am thankful for the opportunity to continue learning new things and growing as a person.

Nature Trails

I love running cross country, through wooded areas and nature trails. It’s one of my favourite things ever.

Potato Chips

I am thankful for potato chips. Whenever I want a quick snack, you are there. Thank you!

Peanut Butter

I could have peanut butter for toast every day and never get bored of it. Thank you!

My Health

Despite having problems with my back and my rotator cuff this year, I am a healthy, young man with lots of energy. I know that I often take this for granted. I shouldn’t. I am very thankful for my health.

Teaching

I quit last year, but there is a teacher permanently ingrained into my soul. I might not want to do it as a profession in the traditional manner anymore, but I am thankful that I have had the chance to supply teach a few times this month. It reminded me why I love teaching and that I still can do it.

Writing

I am thankful that I write, that I have some work that is almost ready for publication, and for the avenue to express myself. I really need to get to work on getting published. Remind me, please. Motivate me to put myself out there.

There are plenty of things to be thankful for this holiday weekend. 

What are yours?

Carving Out Some Time

I share things on Instagram and Facebook that I don’t necessarily share here. That’s probably because of the immediacy of those platforms.  It’s easy to throw up a quick update and move on.

With my blog, I am a little more deliberate of what I post and take several hours each week crafting entries. At least, I used to.

These days, I am finding myself with too many things to do and not enough time. I don’t even have a queue of drafts ready to schedule and keep the blog running on auto-pilot. For that, I apologize.

If you don’t follow me on other platforms, here is an update on what has been keeping me so busy.
Western University Letter
I am now a graduate student at Western University and working towards a Masters Degree in Library and Information Sciences.

I am working full time in a job that doesn’t earn me enough money to pay the bills. I am looking for a better paying gig and applying to teaching jobs for September. The truth is, I love teaching and I’m good at it. I want to pursue a library career, but I can do that on a part-time basis even if I head back to teaching.

I continue to deejay every week on the radio station. I’m looking for concerts and events to rock as well.

I continue to go for trail runs at least three times a week and spend time with my girlfriend. Those things are important.

A few things have fallen by the wayside, however. I’ve gone from blogging three times a week to once a week. I haven’t done anything to further my writing goals of being published, I haven’t been able to work on any new writing projects, and my place isn’t as tidy as it normally is.

I am pursuing a dream and working hard to better myself. That’s something I always strive to do.  Finances are super-tight, but they won’t always be. Bright things are on the horizon.

Wish me luck!

Teaching Yard Sale and Resource Exchange

I have been collecting teaching resources for the past 15 years. I have a lot of great items that I will be selling this weekend.

Other teachers will also be selling some of their tried-and-true teaching resources at the ETFO Yard Sale and Resource Exchange. Here are the details . . .
Teacher Yard Sale

I will have a parking spot at the London. Ontario office and will be selling bins of material grouped by grade this Saturday, June 4th. Here is what I have to offer . . .

Kindergarten to Grade 2

BOOKS – Grammar Handbook 1 (Part of the Jolly Phonics Program – I love this resource) Teaching with Ezra Jack Keats Books, Crayola Imagination Book 1 and 3, Painted Words, Learn Every Day: Grammar Skills, OPHEA: Jigga Jump, Creative Reading Gr 1, Guide to Effective Instruction in Writing, Connect with Words, The Teachers Guide to Building Block, Jump Start – Outer Space Unit, Fun to Learn – Finish the Picture, The Complete Book of Science Gr 1-2, Basic Skills Helper, Brighter Child Math, Family Fun Games, Learning Land – First Words, Lightning Lessons – Graphing, Hands On Physics Experiments K – 2, Calculator Math Level A, Funtastic Frogs Measuring.

BINDERS – Come Play With Us Unit, Skills for Success for Your First Grader, NaNoWriMo – Young Writers Program, 100th Day of School, My Little Grammar Books, A Guide to Effective Instruction in Mathematics, Show Me – Teaching Information and Visual Texts, Art Ideas.

Grade 2

BOOKS – Grammar Handbook 2 (Part of the Jolly Phonics Program – I love this resource) Connect with Words, Method Math, The Complete Math Smart 2, Sunflowering, Math Skills, Phonics, Reading Comprehension, Science Courseware Pack, Reading Workbook, Writing Mini-Lessons, How to: Inventions, Owl: Funbook, Learning Activities, Teach Children to Read and Write, Daily Language Review 2, Creative Reading, Daily Word Ladders, Write Now, Total Basic Skills, Words Every 2nd Grader Needs to Know, How to Make Books, Teachers Guide to Shared Reading, Think on Your Feet

BINDERS – Reading Assessment, Working it Out, Read and Understand, Strategies that Work, Reading Package K – 10, Art Ideas, Guide to Effective Instruction in Mathematics, Apple Attitude, AND a bin of Unifix cubes

Grade 3

BOOKS – Take it to Your Seat Literacy Centres (already prepped and laminated) Method Math, Science Courseware Pack, BrainQuest 3, What the Heck is a Grape Nut? Total Reading Grade 3, Words Every 3rd Grader Needs to Know, The Inuit Thought of It, Complete MathSmart 3, Creating Reading 3, Quick and Shirt Book Reports, New Start Canada, Nurturing Growth, ArchiGames – 50 Activities to Build Creative Thinkers, Math at School 3, Basics First Vocabulary Development, Canada Curriculum Teacher Helper – Art Lessons, Year Round Activity Guide – Planting the Seeds, Home Workbook – Word Problems, Daily Language Review Grade 3, Total Basic Skills 3

BINDERS – Show Me – Teaching Information and Visual Texts, Mapping Skills, Cursive Writing, Mad Minute Math, Let’s Write, The Write Genre, Guide to Effective Instruction in Mathematics, Get Writing, Land and Sea Unit

School Supplies

– 3 sets of 25 duotangs (red, yellow, grey)
– 32 page exercise book (50 blue, 50 yellow, 50 green, 25 pink)
– 150 loose-leaf paper packs (16 sets)

Craft Supplies Bin

80 foam sheets, 30 foam glider kits, 1000 craft sticks. 25 gingerbread necklace Christmas Craft Kits, 45 Reindeer Necklace Christmas Craft Kits, Assorted Christmas Craft Supplies Bin, Crayola Color Explosion 3D Kit, 3 Self Adhesive Vinyl Rolls, 16 Desk Magnet White Boards, 18 Plastic Clothespins, Artist Calendars (Monet, Van Gogh, DaVinci) Magnetic Calendar

Bulletin Board Bin

Lots of border trims of different themes and colours, letters of different sizes and colours, and magnetic border trim for the blackboard or whiteboard

Assorted Bin

Hanging Folders for your desk and filing cabinet, number line for the wall, various posters for the classroom.

Board Games Bin

Pattern Blocks Tub, Colour Tiles tub, 2 Colour Counters, Double 12 Dominoes Game, Princess Card Games, Math Board Game, Race to Read Board Game, Scrabble Junior, Parcheesi, Syl-la-bles Game, The Children’s Quiz Compendium, Early Discoveries Games

And More

I am still gathering things that I will be selling. So, come on out, say, “Hi!” and pick up a few things that you can use in your classroom

Hope to see you there!

The bins have anywhere from $200 to $500 worth of great resources in them. And I am selling them from $30 – $75.

Happy Star Wars Day!

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It’s a bad pun, but it has started a yearly celebration of everything Star Wars.

One of the slogans in the franchise is , “May The Force Be With You” and since today is May the Fourth and that sounds very close, fans have taken that and run with it.

Happy Star Wars Day!

I am going to celebrate my bringing my Darth Vader helmet into work and trying to wear it for a bit. I might not be allowed to, but I like to push the limits.

I also want to celebrate by looking back at all of the Star Wars posts I have made over the years. So read the descriptions, click through the links, and let’s explore the universe.

Star Wars: The Force Retread

I watched the film a second time with my son. I thought that I could see it in a new light if I watched it through his eyes. I did my best not to colour it for him beforehand.

After we watched it together, I asked him what he thought. He simply shrugged his shoulders and said it wasn’t that good. I agree, more than ever. Click through to find out why.

Free Comic Book Day meets Star Wars Day

That’s right, some years they actually fall on the same date. That was the case three years ago. Don’t forget that Free Comic Book Day is this Saturday. Make sure you celebrate both this week.

Darth Vader Lives on in the Comics

I really enjoyed this graphic novel reads. Check them out!

Darth Vader Unleashed

The very first Darth Vader comic I ever read. It was a great story too! Click through for myu review.

Princess Leia gets her own Comic

Once again, a great read and a nice addition to what we already know and knew of this heroine.

How to Properly Reboot a Franchise

Here I look at a few different franchise reboots to look at what they did right, what they did wrong, and what they maybe should have done. I look at Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, Star Trek, and Battlestar Galactica.

Star Wars Comic Reboot

This comic book series reboots the movie universe we all know and love. And so far, it is great.

James Bond in Space

Not really, but this Agent of the Empire is just as cool and the story will draw you right in.

I hope you have a great Star Wars Day!

Happy Earth Day – Let’s Leave Some of It Alone

“We should take about a quarter of the Earth and only let Darwin run the show there. It doesn’t have to be contiguous, doesn’t have to all be tied together. It should be part in the oceans, part on land. But we should not run every evolutionary decision on this planet. We want to have our evolutionary system running. We want to have Darwin’s evolutionary system running. And it’s just really important to have these two things running in parallel and not overwhelm evolution.”

– Juan Enriquez

What a great thought for Earth Day. Let’s get on reserving at least 1/4 of the Earth for just this purpose before it’s too late and we’ve used every available inch of the land.

Record Store Day Tomorrow!

James Kirkpatrick aka Thesis Sahib is a performance artist, visual artist, rapper, and much, much more.

He circuit bends toys and turns them into musical instruments. I have seen him perform live several times and what he does just blows me away.

Make sure you go to Grooves Records in London, Ontario for Record Store Day tomorrow. The store has all sorts of performances, exclusive records, and deals. Thesis will be performing at 5:00 p.m.

Here he is explaining how he does what he does.

Make sure you go to your local record store tomorrow and celebrate Record Store Day!

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A Secret Stash of Medicine Music

Secret Medicine-MusicAmanda Palmer writes,

“In my darkest hours, I still go to my secret stash of medicine-music to comfort me, like a familiar childhood blanket, and cocoon myself in the songs of . . . “

Instead of sharing her list of medicine-music, I thought I would share mine.

No matter how I feel; happy, sad, depressed, lonely, etc, I can put on any one of my Buffalo Tom albums and feel better. Likewise, Tim McGraw albums often do the job.

I can always listen to Tiffany when I am in a low spot.

2Pac and Run-DMC are all-time favs!

Smoother and superGARAGE are great medicine-music for me as well. When I was a teenager, I went to see both of those bands live all of the time. They were local independent groups and playing them, even today, brings back those great memories.

I agree with Palmer about the power that music can have. She compares a live concert to “sharing a blanket with a crowd of strangers” and says that it gives her “a feeling of humanhood that [she] doesn’t often get to experience; it’s the closest thing [she has] to church.”

When the gift circulates, we feel the very essence of art and life not just in words and songs, but also in our deep desire to share them with one another. 

This is why she says, The Gift Must Always Move.

This belief comes from a book by Lewis Hyde entitled The Gift. I think I am adding that book to my must-reads list now.

What is your secret medicine music? 

Please share it below in the comment section!

How I Feel Doing Midnight Radio

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Midnight Radio. Written by Ehud Lavski. Art by Yael Nathan.

Contact: elavski@gmail.com

I feel like this when I do my Midnight Radio program. It feels like I belong there and I hope I connect with the listeners in the same way. Brilliant comic!

Listen to My Show –  Word is Bond Rap Radio

The Gift Must Always Move

Seven TeachingsI have never liked the term Indian Giver. Not only is it racist, it is wholly inaccurate.

The First Nations People weren’t in the practice of giving presents and then taking them back. There was a cycle that was observed and for those outside of the culture, it was a little hard to understand.

I never really got it until I read Amanda Palmer’s The Art of Asking. 

In it, she retells the story of The Gift by Lewis Hyde. He speaks of “the commerce of the creative spirit.”

Apparently, Tribal Chiefs would share a pipe of tobacco with their guest and then offer the pipe as a symbolic peace offering. It was never meant to be a gift that the guest would hold onto forever. The pipe would be “continually regifted from tribe to tribe, never really ‘belonging’ to anybody.” The Englishman would be confused by this. He thought the pipe was a gift and was insulted when the next tribal leader came over to his house and seem to expect to be given the pipe.

Hyde concludes:

The opposite of “Indian Giver” would be something like “white man keeper” . . . that is, a person whose instinct is to remove property from circulation . . . The Indian giver (or the original one, at any rate) understood a cardinal property of the gift: whatever we have been given is supposed to be given away again, no kept . . . The only essential is this:

The gift must always move.

What a great sentiment!