Tag: social commentary

International worst seller list: atteindre le sommet

Atteindre le sommet de la liste globale des pires ventes mondiales Reaching the pinnacle of the international worst seller list   English to follow : Mon livre – la version anglaise ainsi que la version française – a franchi une nouvelle étape : Il a battu de nouveaux records en atteignant le sommet de la liste..

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Weetabix

Weetabix Each and very morning, my wife needs a quick fix; She’s compelled to devour her Weetabix.   Breakfasts in her native Slovakia were much more eclectic; When she came to Canada at age 10, out went the authentic. A ship without mooring, she ingested every sort of North American comestible; Her parents, non-plussed, found..

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Valentines Day and a Box Social Grade Two Georgetown Ontario 1960

Valentines Day and a Box Social    Grade 2     Miss Betty Jean Anderson (teacher) Georgetown, Ontario, Canada        February 14, 1960  Chapel Street School Valentine’s Day…frenetic activity. Who would get the most cards? Popularity depended on volume. Messages: Be mine….You’re so sweet. Corny puns: Some Bunny Loves You (accompanied by a drawing of..

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Instagram…a musical lament

Instagram…a musical lament Lyrics by Robert McBryde Music by Andy McClelland I’m a fledgling pseudo writer, Just a flash in the pan, A decrepit low tech geezer, But I’m told I need Instagram. My book has very few readers, I’m an also-ran, But young folks say that the solution, Is a presence on Instagram. They..

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Instagram…a lament

  Instagram…a lament   I’m a fledgling pseudo writer, At most just a flash in the pan, I’m a decrepit low tech old geezer, But I’m told I need Instagram.   My book has very few readers, I’m not but an also-ran, But young people contend that the solution, Is a presence on Instagram.  ..

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The Happy Brothers/ Les frères Šťastný

The Happy Brothers/ Les frères Šťastný Two seemingly disparate fragments of history, one with a decidedly personal edge… Fragment one Anton Šťastný and Peter Šťastný chose to defect from Czechoslovakia to Quebec City, Canada, in late August 1980. Older brother Marian defected a year later to join them on the NHL Nordiques. The professional hockey..

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David Sedaris and little old me

David Sedaris and little old me Most of us have been told at one time or another that we look just like “X” (i.e. my favorite cousin’s best friend’s elder brother/sister/wife/uncle).  Well, what happens when someone tells us that we write a whole lot like “X”? Since my book My Time with You Has Been..

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Anne Is The True Artist In Our Home: Song Version

My old friend Andy McClelland is a brilliant singer/songwriter, an Indie musician with an amazing portfolio. He has given me a wonderful Christmas gift by turning two of my poems into songs.   Here is the second tune called… Anne Is The True Artist In Our Home You can give the tune a listen by..

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Ode to Thailand: Antlers and Ancestors Part One…Antlers

Bangkok Christmas 2023 Antlers in the mall   I greet you from Thailand A land that so suits me. Where kitsch is as ubiquitous As an exotic Thai fruit tree.   Here people wear antlers For Christmas, for fun. They wear elf hats and reindeer And crowns by the ton.   I’m foolish; I’m hackneyed;..

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I am an Indie approved sort of guy

I’m an Indie approved sort of guy Until the other day, I thought ‘Indie’ referred to a famous car race. You know, like the Indie 500… though I just discovered that the race is spelled ‘Indy 500’. Until out of the blue, I received this email message. “We wanted to give you the heads up..

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