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A Very Personal Story About Friendship

Thursday, June 18, 2015

If my story below moves you to consider committing a random act of kindness towards this brave teacher, coach, father and friend, please take a few minutes to look at the video and GoFundMe page that I put together to chronicle my friend's journey. Read more

Massie's Big Adventure

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My dog has learned to do lots of tricks, but his best by far is when he lays on the sad eyes whenever he senses that I am going to leave him behind while I take a little holiday. So recently, I have made an effort to bring him along where its practical. Even still, he just jumps in the truck as if to say "Don't expect me to be all happy and tail wagging - this is just what I expect, oh, and would you happen to have a treat for me?" Read more

An Angel in Black

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Yesterday, I got up out of my office chair and had the most intense spasm in my back. It was so severe that I had to sit down. I tried a few stretches, but I could barely straighten my back. Read more

Musings of a Spa Guy: Mothers

Monday, November 05, 2012

This past weekend I spoke with several mother's at the spa who were clearly enjoying a some time away from their kids.  I met another who needed to be at the spa to recover from her role as a mother, a wife and her career.  Unfortunately, her life only allowed her one night away, when I expect she needed 2 or three nights.  I have also encountered many mothers at the spa who are cherishing time with their kids; the greatest joy seems to come when young girls reach an age where they can come to the spa with their mom, and in some cases with their grand mom to share one of the pleasures of being a woman. Read more

Musings of a Spa Guy: My Public Transportation Adventure

Monday, July 30, 2012

After four years of mostly trouble free driving, a vehicle lease on a fine piece of German engineering came to an end.  I decided that I would drive the car back to the dealer in Newmarket and make my way home by public transportation.  I have several friends who just do not use public transportation for one reason or another, but I kind of like it, although living here in Grafton, there really isn't much opportunity to use it, other than the odd trip on VIA Rail. Read more

Musings of a Spa Guy: 21 Day Meditation Challenge

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Twenty years ago, when Ste. Anne's Spa was in her infancy, I attended a seminar in Montreal given by Dr. Deepak Chopra.  It was a life changing event for me.  Since then, the wisdom imparted by Dr. Chopra has helped to guide the me through many of life's difficult decisions, and has been at the foundation of what Ste. Anne's is today.  I have signed up for this event, starting at 1:30 tomorrow (Monday July 16th), and I hope that you will join me.  Let's do this together and see where it leads us. Read more

Musings of a Spa Guy: Running for a Cause

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

For several years now I have stood on the sidelines as friends of mine participated in a variety of athletic events; 5K, Pitter Patter, Around the Bay, IronMan, 10K, Marathons, Triathlons, etc.  I have been an observer as they crossed the finish line, often looking like they were about to die, sometimes throwing up, sore, exhilarated but always quietly proud of their achievement, and ready to do it all again.  But I just didn't get it. Read more

Musings of a Spa Guy: Reproduction

Monday, April 16, 2012

Since Good Friday I have been making two or three trips a day to the barn to see if Noche (a seven year old Friesen-Morgan cross, maiden mare) has had her foal yet.  About 11 months ago I introduced her to Titan, a four year old, sweet as molasses quarter horse stallion and they instantly hit it off.  Unfortunately, Noche isn't quite ready to give up her prize, despite the fact that she is well past her due date, and looks very, very pregnant.  Mind you, Noche has always looked pregnant - she loves to eat, and eat, and eat, but there are other signs that this is the real thing.  Maybe she just likes the attention.  As far as boyfriend Titan is concerned, he is overwhelmingly disinterested at this point. (Post script update; Noche gave birth to a filly at 1:30 a.m., April 20th.) Read more

Musings of a Spa Guy: A Love Lost

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

This past weekend, I went with a colleague of mine to visit another Ontario inn. This inn however, instead of bustling with employees anticipating the arrival of new guests, was closed for business, and for sale.  Over the past several years I have seen a number of once popular inns and small hotels either change hands, in many cases under duress, or close.

Walking through a business that has exercised the option of closing it's doors rather than face the prospect of continuing to operate is a sobering experience. In this case, the beds were all still made, a table was set, but the life energy of the place was gone. In most cases, the death of a business is a slow, gradual process that once it actually happens, seems inevitable, but while it is happening, it rarely occurs to the operators until the final hours that something is actually wrong. Read more

Musings of a Spa Guy: Why Me?

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Well, I've been back from my vacation and back at work now for three weeks. Several times I've sat down with the intention of answering my own question (see previous blog); "Did two weeks doing nothing on a small Caribbean island allow me to relax?", and each time, something got in the way. So, here it is, Saturday afternoon on a snow covered March day in my basement office in Grafton and I'm at my desk trying to decide whether I was relaxed three weeks ago. Not an easy task, as it turns out. Read more