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Photographer, writer, grandfather, graffiti mural promoter, social activist
Interests: current affairs, writing, fiction, grandkids, quality assurance, photography, graffiti, social activism, urban art, graffiti murals
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Ontario Election 2022 - not a surprise? Apparently that's what we wanted, no surprises, stay the course, better the devil you know, ya-da ya-da. Ford peddled a Goldilocks pablum, not too far left, not too far right, just comfortably in the middle. Whether that's what we actually get will be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2022 at Ravens' View
Edit- Gregor kept changing his name to Boris - I fixed that.
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2022 on The Trio at Mike Young
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MAny moons have passed since I first set this challenge. I've re-started my FFF prompts, let's try for two weeks in a row ;-) This was a prompt from ages ago, from a friend and an Instagram site. Originally from a writing prompt channel on Reddit. Over 1000 responses by now. Prompt - It's 3 AM. An official phone alert... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2022 at Flash Fiction Friday
Very late - but done!
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Well, it's been a while, but here's another Flash Fiction Friday offering. This one took a bit longer than the normal week - several, in fact. I'm trying to relax a bit and write without constant self-editing and the accompanying procrastination. Could be better, I'm sure, constructive criticism is welcome.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2022 at Mike Young
The purpose of an apology is to show the other person that you are sorry that your actions/words hurt them. Your hope is that the apology reduces their hurt, but it may not. I can't see where lying would help - you mean just lie that you are sorry when you are not?
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2022 on When is an apology not an apology? at Ravens' View
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TL;DR - When it's all about you. When you say your behaviour is inexcusable, then offer up excuses, refusing to accept responsibility. When you apologize, then expect the other person to do their part and pardon/forgive you. When your motivation, and any regrets you feel, are only based on others... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2022 at Ravens' View
It's been a while since I wrote something, other than a lot of posts on The Facebook and The Twitter. I'm not sure why, but I'll try again. This was a story idea I had back in November of 2019, as I considered the upcoming stress many feel over Christmas. Ah, those stress free pre-COVID days! Unfortunately, one side affect... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2022 at Flash Fiction Friday
Another short-ish challenge, the Berlin Wall. From the site, "The Berlin Wall takes you on a powerful 30mi (48km) journey through the center of Berlin, Germany, from Waltersdorfer Chaussee to Hermsdorf. What used to be a symbol of a world split in half by the Cold War now is the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2022 at Ravens' View
I'm amazed there's that much standing, in the midst of all that relentless jungle. They did an outstanding job of uncovering and preserving it.
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TL;DR -Time to get moving again. I really like this site, and want to get back into the challenges. The locations are from around the world, often with amazing sights to explore via Google Streetview. The Facebook community is awesome, support desk is fast, and such cool medals once you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2022 at Ravens' View
My friend Steph posted this from Melbourne - looks like a great start to the year. I spent New Year's Eve with a good book (Wheel of Time series), some quiet jazz, and a glass of wine or two. I actually missed midnight, not checking the time until 12:10 a.m.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2022 at Ravens' View
Growing up in Toronto, there was always some doubt we'd have snow at Christmas. But if the 25th dawned with some fresh snow, it was a merry time for us kids, and our parents too. Not a lot of snow, just enough to make a snowman and go sliding and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2021 at Ravens' View
It's a 'busy' time of the year, as if the rest of the year we weren't always busy with something. Busy is just defined as being occupied with something, as in not dead, right? However, as a holdover from the Puritan work ethic, and/or fussy grandmothers, it has come to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2021 at Ravens' View
I've had this topic in mind for a while. Ironically, I delayed sitting down to write because I was still trying to find my own balance. Not really physically, although old age and winter weather can make that more of a challenge - no, metaphorically. A balance in life, between... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2021 at Ravens' View
Steph - Yes - I had a plan to post more often in here, as I've stopped using Facebook so much. I'm good at planning, not so much at doing. I probably could do a post or two on just that ;-) I'll email you.
Toggle Commented Dec 5, 2021 on Christmas shopping at Ravens' View
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Only 44 days to Christmas. And 15 days to Black Friday, November 26th, traditionally the busiest shopping day in the US. And by extension, here in Canada. It's on the American Thanksgiving long weekend, so a trip to the malls is a great way to bond with family - or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2021 at Ravens' View
I did my laundry a few days ago, a mundane job in itself, but the timing matters. I do it during the day, during the week, not on evenings and weekends - not to ensure getting a machine, just to leave those times for worker bees. Because I'm generally a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2021 at Ravens' View
I had to jump through a few more hoops today to get my 'new' PC running properly, but I managed. And I was then able to mellow out with some laid back gaming - online too - with my peeps. I did some chores on my farm, including feeding the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2021 at Ravens' View
I meant to do a post Wednesday night, but sometimes shit happens. I was pleased to get my computer back after only a few days in the shop. After connecting up my rat's nest of cables, I was online again, streaming from my virtual farm, chatting with friends, feeding my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2021 at Ravens' View
It's time for Seasonal Affective Disorder to kick in. Grey days, shorter days, our summer is over. Le sigh. I have a light box from Amazon, which I use when I get up. I think it helps. I brew a coffee, grab a bowl of oatmeal, click on the light... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2021 at Ravens' View
With my PC in for an upgrade, I realize how many times I popon in during a day to check something - in spite of my trying to ignore The Facebook. It's a habit, and not necessarily a bad one. Perhaps a way to cope with the isolation of almost... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2021 at Ravens' View
I went for a walk this evening, in my 'hood - it's still a nice a mix of old and new. As am I, I suppose - old body parts but always trying for new thinking. Or new toys. My PC has been struggling a bit with running games and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2021 at Ravens' View
I won't be streaming for a few days, as I will be bringing my PC in for an upgrade. I need a better CPU, which means a new motherboard and new compatible RAM. And better gaming, with an improved ability to run multiple screens. The GPU is still a good... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2021 at Ravens' View
Well, that was Friday - I think. Luckily, my smartphone tells me what day it is. (Does anyone bother to say it's a smart phone now?). Quiet day here, but I did do some rowing and made some appointments. Coming up is my lawyer for a will, Krown for undercoating,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2021 at Ravens' View