Mastering my craft…

The day hasn't been overly busy, but it has been steady. I was up and out earlier than I have been of late. I was filming the weekly devotional put out by our church during the Covid-19 shutdown. After we finished the filming, I headed down to the store to do the editing on the … Continue reading Mastering my craft…

Getting through this pandemic…

Despite my anxiety being peaked with everything going on in the world, I think I'm doing okay. I've managed to get myself back into a regular workout routine, even re-introducing the weight component with yesterday's workout. So far, I've been on the treadmill everyday this week for 30 to 40 minutes, and I'm already noticing … Continue reading Getting through this pandemic…

Weathering the storm…

Tonight, I find myself in a contemplative mood. I found out today that the paper is struggling today, due to ad revenue fleeing because of the pandemic. According to the letter from the publisher, if things don't change, the paper may not survive through to the other side of this. It has me considering my … Continue reading Weathering the storm…

Living up to your dash…

Photo by Miguel Á. Padriñán on Pexels.com I was recently watching a motivational video on Youtube, and came across a concept that has kind of stuck with me. The short version is, when we die, as we all inevitably will, what is on our tombstone? Usually your date of birth, a dash, and your date … Continue reading Living up to your dash…

Busy with goals…

Our theatre performance has finished for another year. With my involvement in practises running since January and the eight recent performances, it's been a buys few weeks. It's been a nice diversion, but truth be told, I'm kind of glad that it's wrapped. It has been a big commitment of time and energy, and now … Continue reading Busy with goals…

Looking forward to routine…

I've been busy over the past week, and I'm feeling it. My energy has still been such that I am managing to make it through the day and get done what I need to, but I haven't had much energy for anything else. That's been the frustrating part. I continue to lose the war with … Continue reading Looking forward to routine…

Movie Review: “Bad Boys for Life” (No spoilers)

"Bad Boys, Bad Boys, Whacha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?" The "Bad Boys" are back, in a fairly solid movie. I'm don't mind movie sequels, however the further between a movie and it's successor, the less inclined I am to like it. It's especially bad when they come over a … Continue reading Movie Review: “Bad Boys for Life” (No spoilers)

A New Chapter?

Today marks the next chapter in my quest for knowledge. My course, "Introduction to Composition" goes live today on the school web-site. Like the previous course I took, this course has a six month contract. I'm looking forward to starting the course, as it seems to be taking a deeper look at some of the … Continue reading A New Chapter?

Contemplation

Today has been quiet. I was at the church for our annual general meeting this morning, then some research and writing for a bit this afternoon. I was supposed to head to Halkirk to take some photos this afternoon, however since I can barely see across the street, I decided that discretion was the better … Continue reading Contemplation

Poetry: How is Today Going to be?

The first thought I have every morning when I wake up is “How is today going to be?”             Why do I ask this of myself? It’s quite simple, really. I suffer from several different mental health conditions that cause my emotions to be unstable. When I wake up, I wake up not knowing if the … Continue reading Poetry: How is Today Going to be?

Working my craft

Canon T6i, 1/1600s,f5.6,ISO 200, Jan 26,2020 I can't believe it has been nearly a week since I have written last! Suffice it to say, things have been busy. I had various trainings or meetings every night last week, plus quite a few day-time things, including the opportunity to cover a criminal case as a reporter. … Continue reading Working my craft

Getting productive…

Today was a somewhat productive day. I opened the store for Lynn since she had an appointment with the vampires first thing this morning, and while I was at the store I managed to get an interview done. After I headed home, I grabbed a quick lunch, then attempted to get some work done; however, … Continue reading Getting productive…

Photographic Diversions

One of my favourite hobbies is exploring the back country around where I live. The area around where I live is home to prairie plains, river valleys, and wind-swept badlands. All of these locales are with thirty minutes of my home. Probably my favourite place to explore is the ghost-town of Bulwark, located about twenty … Continue reading Photographic Diversions

Changes afoot

After a very short period of deliberation, I have decided to change photography website providers. It turns out that with the Adobe Photography package I subscribe to includes free portfolio hosting, using their software. The only charge for the service is $12/year for the custom domain. That is opposed to the $13/month I've been paying … Continue reading Changes afoot

Focusing on learning…

Today was a fairly light day. I did some general cleanup around the house, met a church member who was returning some borrowed items, and other general odds and ends. The biggest parts of my day were tied up with a workout and studying. For my workout today, I did just under a mile-and-a-half on … Continue reading Focusing on learning…

Keeping busy, but finding downtime too.

Today was steady. I didn't have a lot on the books schedule-wise, but after last night's council meeting I did spend a good chunk of my day researching and writing. However, that was broken up by a visit from my editor in Stettler. He's been on the job as the editor for the Stettler paper … Continue reading Keeping busy, but finding downtime too.

Gratitude, growth, and future plans

I'm home after nearly two weeks in hospital. My moods are definitely mixed with this admission. I feel like I walked out of the hospital stronger than I ever have in the past. I definitely got more out of this admission than some previous ones, and I feel like there is a plan firmly in … Continue reading Gratitude, growth, and future plans

Clean slate

People have good days and bad days. For me, yesterday was definitely the later. Yesterday was a low energy, low mood kind of day. I'm frustrated. I took the trip to Calgary to rest and recover and try and gain some balance with my mental health. The trip was supposed to recharge and refresh me, … Continue reading Clean slate

Writing Prompt: Stopping the war

I didn't know what to do, I just knew it needed to stop. Grave after grave after grave. I got tired of burying my friends. The past few months have been particularly harsh, losing thousands of fighters to the alien horde. I should start at the beginning. My name is James Ryan, and I am … Continue reading Writing Prompt: Stopping the war

Movie Review; Spider Man: Far From Home (Potential Spoilers for Avengers Endgame and Spider Man)

The latest version of the web slinger has swung his way into theatres once again, this time in Spider Man: Far From Home. Where Dark Phoenix did pretty much everything the wrong way and suffered from it not knowing quite the type of movie it wanted to be, the latest Spider Man movie is everything … Continue reading Movie Review; Spider Man: Far From Home (Potential Spoilers for Avengers Endgame and Spider Man)

Movie Review; Dark Phoenix (potential spoilers)

While X-Men: First Class rebooted the venerable X-Men series with a roar, Dark Phoenix, the third chapter featuring James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender capped the series off with a whimper. The movie tried to be one part superhero movie and one part thriller, in my opinion it did neither well. The movie veered so afar … Continue reading Movie Review; Dark Phoenix (potential spoilers)

Movie review: Men in Black International (No spoilers)

I had the opportunity to check out the new Men In Black International movie on June 27. For fans of the series, it was a good entry back into the world started by the original Men in Black back in 1997 with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. For newcomers to the series, this movie … Continue reading Movie review: Men in Black International (No spoilers)

Movie Review: Captain Marvel(No Spoilers)

While not the best of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, I think 'Captain Marvel' makes a case for being in the top third of the movies that Marvel Studios has been pumping out since 'Iron Man' kicked things off in 2008. Brie Larson plays Marvel's first bona fide female solo hero, and between the acting, … Continue reading Movie Review: Captain Marvel(No Spoilers)

Exploring the world around me.

Today a friend and I met for lunch, then took off to explore this county around us. We covered a lot of ground, visiting four cemeteries that date back to the early 1900s, checked out a couple of old vehicles that have been left to decay on a long abandoned homestead, and checked out some … Continue reading Exploring the world around me.

Working on my photography

Today was steady, if not overly busy. Ran a couple errands for the bookstore, checked out the town rummage sale, and managed to scoop up a couple of good deals, met a friend for lunch, then back to the rummage sale. I managed to get a good workout in this afternoon, finally incorporating the third … Continue reading Working on my photography