November 28, 2019

In the end, you have to do the work.

Over and over again we hear from successful people that there is no secret formula to becoming whatever it is you want to be. Musician. Actor. Entrepreneur. Blogger. You can romanticize it all you like, but the work is what makes it happen. Acting classes. Bar gigs to seven people. Late nights developing your bus...

August 27, 2019

The craft, man.

The craft.

It continues to amaze me – though it shouldn’t – that the people I talk to who are working at high levels always want to talk about craft. Acting, songwriting, drumming, poetry. Getting there, wherever you describe "there" to be, comes down to doing the work.

So it is with Chris Banks.

Chris is a poet. You may have a romantic...

August 13, 2019

Sometimes you just have to be open to the magic.

I try to be as open as I can be as a podcast host. There are good stories everywhere if you look for them, and I found one in the quaint little town of Summerside, PEI a couple of weeks ago. Specifically I found Nancy Quinn and the story of Seaside Books. I wasn’t expecting a podcast episode to come f...

June 25, 2019

Mary Jennifer Payne is known more colloquially to me as Jennie. She and I shared an English class in Western University’s Faculty of Education in the late 1990s (yes, I’m a qualified high school teacher – scary thought, eh?).

We lost touch for a while after Teacher’s College, but through the magic of Facebook, reconnected several years ago. That’s w...

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