Night Music: Vincent

March 30, 2020


To celebrate the birthday on this day in 1853 of Vincent Van Gogh.


Ketchup and Mustard — The Long Story

March 30, 2020

The enforced requirement to stay home does allow us the ability to do things we might not otherwise find time to enjoy — such as learning the history of ketchup and mustard.  Sit back and relax for 15 minutes ….

Grandview 30th March 1920

March 30, 2020

“Vancouver Sun” 19300330 p.8

Poem: Fireside

March 30, 2020


The tension seemed to fuse

his spine to his neck

and he found he couldn’t move,

bracing himself for the words he knew

must emerge

from the smudge-faced fireman.

His brain felt hollow,

as if all the matter had been extracted

to make space

for the cascade of new information,

fragmentary and wounding as it would be

at first,

that he anticipated momentarily.


“Your wife, sir.”



Even as he answered, he recoiled with imminent horror;

and even as he recoiled

he hoped – inanely – that his reaction

would not form part of his

permanent record.


“Your wife, sir,

said to tell you,

she’s at her mothers.”


He wondered if he’d ever move

his neck again.